Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge Rules

1. Sponsor

The sponsor for the Equal Rating Innovation Challenge (the “Challenge”) is Mozilla Corporation, 331 E. Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041 USA (the “Sponsor”).

2. Challenge Schedule

The Challenge will be open for Submissions (defined below) beginning on November 1, 2016 at 8:00 GMT and all Submissions must be received by January 6, 2017 at 23:59 GMT (the “Submission Period”). Five semifinalists will be announced on or about January 17, 2017. The semifinalists will receive mentorship by Mozilla experts through March 8, 2017, culminating in presentations during a Demo Day on or about March 9, 2017. Community voting will be open following the Demo Day presentation and continue for seven (7) days. Winners will be announced on or about March 29, 2017. The winning Teams will receive additional support and promotion for approximately six months following announcement of the winners.

3. Who Can Participate

No purchase or fee is necessary to enter or claim any prize.
Participation is open to teams of at least two members (each team is referred to in these Rules as a “Team” and each team member as a “Participant”). All Participants must be at least 18 years of age (or the age of majority in their places of residence if it is higher than 18) and may be a member of more than one Team. The Participant designated as a “Team Leader” on the Submission form is responsible for sending and receiving communications on behalf of the Team. The following individuals are ineligible to participate in the Challenge:

  • Mozilla employees;
  • Mozilla contractors;
  • Challenge judges;
  • Families of and persons living in the same household as Mozilla employees, contractors, and Challenge judges; and
  • Individuals listed on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals List or who reside in countries or regions subject to a U.S. embargo or where the Challenge would be prohibited or restricted by law.

Sponsor, at its sole discretion, shall determine eligibility of any Participant, Team, or organization, and may disqualify anyone at any time for any reason. Additionally, Sponsor shall have the sole discretion to identify all Participants in the event of a dispute.

4. How to Enter

Completely fill out the Submission Form on the Challenge website located at (the “Challenge Site”) during the Submission Period. The completed Submission Form and any accompanying submission materials constitute the Team’s “Submission.” By submitting a Submission, the Team Leader formally accepts these Rules on behalf of each member of the Team.

5. Submission Guidelines

The Team Leader must provide (i) a valid email address, which will be the means to communicate with the Team, and (ii) the name and brief bios, with a link to additional background information, of all Team members. Individuals may be members of more than one Team and Teams may submit more than one Submission. A project that has been submitted elsewhere previously may also be submitted to this Challenge. In the event two or more Submissions describe substantially similar projects, the Judges’ determination of the qualitatively superior proposal will determine which Submission is considered.

Sponsor, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any Submission not in compliance with these Rules or which includes material that is indecent, obscene, hateful, discriminatory, defamatory, slanderous, libelous, unlawful or otherwise inappropriate as determined by Sponsor in its absolute discretion. Each Submission must also comply with any terms or requirements on the Challenge Site.

6. Submission Criteria

All Submissions must meet specific criteria to be considered for judging in the Challenge. Without limitation, the following conditions apply:

  • The Submission must be responsive to the Challenge, meaning it must provide users with access to the full diversity of the open Internet in a way that is affordable and accessible, be sustainable (reflects a clear approach and plan for building a long-lasting solution), and be technically feasible. See the Challenge Site for more information.
  • Teams must be able to benefit from mentorship in areas like policy, business model, engineering, and design, which is part of the Challenge process.
  • Although it is not required, Sponsor strongly encourages Teams to make Submissions available under open source licenses (such as the MPL for source code and a Creative Commons license for creative works); and to make accompanying documentation public.
  • The Submission must include a plan for how the prize money will be used for development of the proposed solution.
  • Team members must have and maintain all necessary copyright, trademark, patent or other proprietary or legal rights to the technology and documentation covered in their Submission as well as the rights to share the Submission with Mozilla and others in connection with this Challenge.
  • The Submission must be in English.

7. Judging and Winner Selection

All Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of Mozillians with relevant expertise (“Preliminary Judges”). The Preliminary Judges will select the top Submissions. These top Submissions will then be reviewed and evaluated by a panel selected by the Sponsor (“Expert Judges”). Judging by the Expert Judges will occur in two phases, (i) selection of five semifinalists and (ii) determination of which prize each semifinalist Team will win following Demo Day and community voting. In reviewing the Submissions, all Judges will be looking for degree of alignment with the following criteria:

  • Scalability. Even if the Solution is small and focused initially, special consideration will be given to concepts that can be distributed broadly and with ease. (30%)
  • Focus on User Experience. Reflects deep sensitivity and respect for target users/consumers/participants. (20%)
  • Differentiation. Reflects an awareness of existing work in this space and proposes a solution differentiated from existing products and services. (20%)
  • Acceleration. The proposed solution can be deployed to the market quickly, and this prize will significantly help the team move forward efficiently and effectively. (10%)
  • Skillsets. Team capabilities and previous experience are relevant to the proposed concept. (10%)
  • Community Voting. The Judges will take into consideration the results of the community voting. (10%)

The five (5) semifinalist Teams will each be matched with expert mentors from Mozilla and are required to participate in video or phone conferences to refine their solutions and prepare for Demo Day. Semifinalist Teams must take part in the Demo Day to pitch solutions in person to the Expert Judges (or by video if approved by Sponsor). This will be streamed and recorded for online viewing.

For approximately a week following the Demo Day there will be a period of public community voting. See below for rules governing the community voting.

On or about March 29, 2017, the Expert Judges will select the following winners:

One Grand Prize Winner
One Grand Prize Runner Up
One Most Novel Submission Winner
And two Semifinalists

All decisions of the Judges are final, non-appealable and binding. Potential winners must comply with all Rules. Winning is contingent upon verification of eligibility and compliance with all requirements in these Rules.

8. Community Voting

The Demo Day presentations will be available for viewing and voting on the Challenge Site after Demo Day. There is a limit of one vote per person per day.

9. Prizes

One Team will be selected the Grand Prize Winner and receive US$125,000. Another Team will be selected as the Grand Prize Runner Up and receive US$75,000. A third Team will be selected Most Novel Submission Winner and will receive US$30,000. The other two semifinalist Teams will each receive US$10,000. Prize money will be paid to the Team Leader.

10. General Prize Conditions

The winners are solely responsible for the payment of any taxes that may arise as a result of acceptance of a prize, and all other expenses or costs relating to the prize not expressly set forth above.

11. Winner Notification/Validation

The five semifinalist Teams will be notified by email and possibly phone (i) of their selection on or about January 15, 2017 and (ii) which prize they have won on or about March 27, 2017. Winners will also be announced on the Challenge Site and in a press release. Members of winning Teams may be required to sign and return to Sponsor an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and/or a publicity release where permitted by law, as well as provide information necessary for compliance with any applicable tax laws. Failure to comply may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner.

12. Travel

Mozilla will provide a reasonable travel stipend for one Team Participant, under separate terms, for Demo Day related travel and accommodation. Travelers are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including valid passports and visas.

13. Authorization to Use Winners’ Information

All members of winning Teams grant permission to Sponsor and its authorized representatives to use their names, city and state or province and country of residence, photograph and/or other likeness, voice, and basic biographical information for promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, in perpetuity, without notice, consideration, review or approval. Team members also agree to participate in and cooperate with any promotional activity and/or publicity relating to the Challenge as the Sponsor shall reasonably request from time to time.

14. Legal Rights in Submission

a. Participant Certification of Rights in Submission: By entering a Submission, each Team member represents and warrants that: (i) he/she is able to comply with these Rules and that the Submission is not subject to any conflicting obligations that would prevent or interfere with compliance with these Rules; (ii) the Submission does not make unauthorized use of or violate in any way any rights of any third party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or rights of publicity; and (iii) no one else’s permission is required for you to make your Submission in this Challenge or to use and share your Submission with Mozilla and others as contemplated under these Rules. Without limiting the foregoing, each Team member represents and warrants that he/she has complied with any requirements of his/her employer, if applicable, to allow participation in this Challenge, including but not limited to making your Submission and accepting any prize you may receive.

b. Usage Rights in Submissions: Team members retain all ownership rights in their Submission. Each Participant hereby grants Sponsor an unrestricted, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sublicenseable license to reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, display, broadcast or otherwise use the Submission and Demo Day presentation, for any purpose, including but not limited to promotional materials related to the Challenge and Mozilla. To the extent allowed by applicable law, each Participant waives any “moral rights” relating to the Submission and Demo Day presentation, consent to their publication in any manner which might otherwise be deemed to constitute a violation of any applicable moral rights, and further agree that Sponsor may use (or not use) his or her name, likeness, photo, and/or geographical and biographical information in connection with the Submission.

15. Limitation of Liability


16. Governing Law

The Challenge and the rights and obligations of all Participants and Submissions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. The California courts (state and federal) have sole jurisdiction of any controversies regarding the Challenge, and you agree to waive any objections to jurisdiction and venue in those courts and hereby submit to the jurisdiction of those courts. Should any provision of these Rules be held to be void, invalid, unenforceable, or illegal by a proper legal authority, the validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected.

17. Privacy

To administer the Challenge we will receive personal information from Teams including names, locations, phone numbers, and emails. We handle this information as described in these Terms and the Mozilla Privacy Policy. Our Websites, Communications & Cookies Privacy Notice describes information we receive when you visit our websites. You may opt-out of communications from us if you no longer wish to participate in the Challenge.

18. Confidentiality

Submissions will be shared with Judges, Sponsor staff, and mentors and portions of Submissions may be reproduced elsewhere in connection with the Challenge, such as on the Challenge Site and in related publicity materials. You should not disclose any information in your Submission that is proprietary or confidential. No confidential relationship is established between you and Sponsor in connection with your Submission.

19. No Obligation

Each Participant acknowledges that other Teams may submit similar solutions and that they, or Sponsor, may already be considering or developing, or may subsequently consider or develop independent of the Challenge, a solution that is related or similar to yours. Each Participant acknowledges that this does not create in Mozilla or others any obligation or liability to him or her.

20. Winners Names

For the names of the winners and/or the judges see the Challenge Site.