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APPLY NOW! 2016 Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge

Mozilla is excited to announce that submissions for the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge are now open!

From now on until January 6th you will be able to submit your proposal to connect more people to the full diversity of the open Internet. Solutions can range from consumer products and mobile service, to new business model and infrastructure proposals.

Central to the submission is a description of your solution, the intended user experience for your target audience, and the roadmap to the future. The submission form has a dozen questions and should be easy to navigate.

Mozilla seeks to make the full range of the Internet’s extraordinary power and innovative potential available to all. We advocate for “equal rating” where consumers choose content based on the quality of that content, not the financial power and business partnerships of the provider.

Equal Rating practices meet the following criteria:


  1. They are content-agnostic.
  2. They are not subject to gatekeepers.
  3. They do not allow pay-for-play.


Application deadline: 6 January, 2017



Submitted concepts for the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge will be judged on the following attributes:

Equal Rating compliant

Every solution must provide unfettered access to the full diversity of the open Internet. Equal Rating solutions are content-agnostic, not subject to gatekeepers, and do not allow pay-for-play.

Affordability and accessibility

Ability to provide users/consumers/participants with access to the full diversity of the open Internet in a way that is affordable and accessible.


Even if the solution is small and focused initially, special consideration will be given those that can be built and deployed in the near-term.


Reflects deep sensitivity and respect for the experience of target users/consumers/participants.


Reflects an awareness of existing work on this space and proposes a solution differentiated from existing products and services.

Technical feasibility

Solutions should be ambitious, but even if the technology solution is far-reaching, it has to be grounded in engineering truths.


Reflects a clear approach and plan for building a long-lasting solution.

Team Capabilities

Team’s skills and previous experiences are relevant to the proposed solution.


Concepts can focus on one or more members in the Internet ecosystem: users, governments, telcos, NGOs, companies, as long as the solution provides open access to the full diversity of the Internet.

Teams should be able to benefit from mentorship in areas like policy, business model, engineering, and design that is part of the prize process.

Submitting teams are willing and able to publicly discuss their concepts.

Teams must be able to propose a plan for how the prize money will be used to build their products or services.


 Submissions that meet the Criteria will be evaluated by the Judges. Judges will score submissions according to the degree with which the submission meets the following attributes:
  • 30 pts – Scalability
  • 20 pts – Focus on user experience
  • 20 pts – Differentiation
  • 10 pts – Ability to be quickly deployed into the market (within 9-12 months)
  • 10 pts – Potential of the team
  • 10 pts – Community voting results


  • 5 SEMIFINALISTS – Intensive mentorship from Mozilla experts to hone the concept.
  • 1 OVERALL WINNER – (based on key criteria of scalability)

    US$125,000 to develop their solution.


    US$75,000 to develop their solution.


    US$30,000 to develop their solution.


    US$10,000 each to develop their solutions.

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