Mozilla has announced the launch of its global Equal Rating Innovation Challenge.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS?
The global Equal Rating Innovation Challenge is a competition which invites contributions on ways to provide unfettered access to the open Internet for anyone across the globe. As part of its initiative, Mozilla is asking entrepreneurs, designers, researchers and innovators to propose creative and scalable ideas for connecting more people to the Internet, built on local knowledge and expertise.
The Equal Rating Innovation Challenge will support promising solutions through expert mentorship and funding of US$250,000 in prize monies split into three categories – Best Overall (based on scalability), Best Overall Runner-up and Most Novel Solution (based on experiment with a potential high reward).
Mozilla’s Chief Innovation Officer, Katharina Borchert, said in a blog post that “At Mozilla, we believe the Internet is most powerful when anyone – regardless of gender, income, or geography – can participate equally. However, the digital divide remains a clear and persistent reality”.
“This challenge is designed to spur innovations for bringing the members of the Next Billion online. The Equal Rating Innovation Challenge is focused on identifying creative new solutions to connect the unconnected. These solutions may range from consumer products and novel mobile services to new business models and infrastructure proposals.”
She went further to say that “Connecting the unconnected is one of the greatest challenges of our time. No one organization or effort can tackle it alone. We must come together and collaborate to build innovative and scalable ways to bring Internet access to the Next Billion – and the other billions, as well.”
They have also launched www.EqualRating.com, a website offering educational content and background information to support the challenge. In the coming weeks, Mozilla will also stream a series of webinars stream to further inform potential applicants about the challenge details.
Deadline is January 6, 2017 while submissions are open from November 1, 2016.
ARE YOU AN INTERESTED INNOVATOR?
Then you can submit your ideas at https://equalrating.com/submission-form/ and also contact EqualRating@Mozilla.com for more details.