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.
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’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.