Criteria

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.

Scalability

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.

Empathy

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

Differentiation

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.

Sustainability

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.

General:

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.


Scoring Allocation

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

Awards

  • 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.
  • 1 RUNNER-UP
    US$75,000 to develop their solution.
  • 1 MOST NOVEL
    US$30,000 to develop their solution.
  • 2 FINALISTS
    US$10,000 each to develop their solutions.

Schedule

Date
Event
Location
6 Oct 2016
Competition preview.
Global Connect, DC
13 Oct 2016
Competition launch.
Quartz: The Next Billion, SF
1 Nov 2016
Submissions open.
Web
7 Nov 2016
Webinar 1: Innovation Challenge Mechanics.
Web
1 Dec 2016
Webinar 2: What is Equal Rating.
Web
12 Dec 2016
Webinar 3: Current landscape.
Web
6 Jan 2017 at 23:59GMT
Submissions closed: Last day to submit an entry.
Web
17 Jan 2017
5 semifinalists announced.
Cape Town, South Africa
18 Jan - 8 Mar 2017
Mentorship: 5 semifinalists will be provided advice and mentorship from Mozilla experts in topics such as policy, business, engineering, and design to hone their concepts.
Remote connection
9 Mar 2017
Demo Day: 5 semifinalists will take part in a Demo Day to pitch their solutions to the judges. Demo Day will be livestreamed to the website.
New York City
10 Mar - 16 Mar 2017
Community voting.
Web
29 Mar 2017
Winners announced.
Rightscon Brussels