The challenge is currently in its first stage, which invites you to submit ideas for what you would do with a 1 Gbps network. The focus here is on education, healthcare, emergency preparedness, public safety, advanced manufacturing and clean energy and transportation. The best ideas will be rewarded with a total of $15,000 in prizes.
The new US Ignite Partnership will create a national network of communities and campuses with ultra-fast broadband services at up to 1Gbps. This network will become a test-bed for designing and deploying next-generation applications to support national priorities areas such as education, healthcare, energy, and advanced manufacturing.
Mozilla is probably the biggest proponent, outside of Google, of the power of the Web. They don’t believe in closed platforms or proprietary software. They believe in a future where everything is powered by a simple Web browser. To help advance that future, the non-profit is announcing a new contest.
In addition to the cash prizes, Mozilla Ignite is intended to bring together talented developers who can work in teams. A brainstorming round has already begun, and will last until August 23rd. Notably, Mozilla has also made clear that you don’t necessarily have to be a developer to participate in the brainstorming round. All you need is a good idea.
Fittingly, Mozilla, the nonprofit company behind the Firefox browser, is one of the major companies hoping to fuel the development of the new apps.
“Mozilla works to promote openness, opportunity and innovation on the Internet,” said Ryan Merkley, Mozilla’s chief operating officer, in an email to TPM. “The US Ignite program is a way for the public to directly contribute their skills and ideas to the future of the web. We believe it will drive innovation both through the apps that are created, but also through the investment in high speed infrastructure that benefits everyone.”
Also onboard is Mozilla, which has launched its own Mozilla Ignite site, a collaboration with the National Science Foundation that’ll issue up to $500,000 in grant money to third party developers looking to devise and develop innovative apps.
Mozilla has decided to team up with the foundation to offer up a $500,000 prize pot for developers looking to help create the “internet of the future”. The challenge aims on education, healthcare, public safety and other (admittedly broad) topics, with the top ideas capable of grabbing $15,000 from the prize fund.
Mozilla and the US National Science Foundation have launched Mozilla Ignite, a web site that challenges “designers, developers and everyday people” to design web applications that will run on “the internet of the future”. The project is being supported by the White House and is part of the US Ignite initiative, which is an effort to research the implications of networks up to 250 times the speed of today’s internet.
Mozilla Foundation’s Mark Surman introducing the Mozilla Ignite Challenge at the White House:
Mozilla partners with public media to empower citizen engagement in U.S. election coverage
Tuesday’s State of the Union Address from U.S. President Barack Obama will include something special: crowdsourced captions and subtitles provided by everyday citizens around the world.
Using new web tools from Mozilla and the Participatory Culture Foundation, participants will transcribe and translate the President’s speech into dozens of languages in a matter of hours, making it more accessible to those with disabilities and in other countries across the globe.
Launching “Open Election 2012″
The event marks the launch of “Open Election 2012,” a new partnership between Mozilla, PBS NEWSHOUR, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Participatory Culture Foundation.
Open Election 2012 will showcase how new open web technologies and citizen participation can make election coverage more accessible to diverse audiences, and provide new ways to engage with the news.
Adding context and interactivity with Mozilla Popcorn
Throughout the election, PBS NEWSHOUR will also use “Mozilla Popcorn,” a new HTML5 media tool Fast Company recently called “the future of online video.”
Popcorn makes it possible to pull other content and context from across the web right into the story, providing new ways for viewers to interact with video news.
Engaging and inspiring audiences
“It is part of the mission of public media to make our content available to everyone,” explained Hari Sreenivasan, Correspondent and Director of Digital Partnerships for PBS NEWSHOUR.
“From Chinese to Dutch, the speech translation is a true service for those for whom English is a second language and the hard of hearing. We hope to engage and inspire audiences too often forgotten.”
Read the CPB press release on “PBS NEWSHOUR Open Election 2012″
Phillip Smith’s “Catalyzing news innovation” post contains crucial ideas and talking points for MoJo. Especially given the back-and-forth and real-world testing with Geoff Samek — one of the smart folks behind the online news start-up Sacramento Press — who has written a pair of extremely thoughtful posts on this as well here.
Here’s a quick dirty capture of their talking points. For us to bake into our messaging for the upcoming MoJo web site launch. These are meant to supplement — not replace — the messaging already on the MoJo wiki and in our most recent Board Slides.
What are we looking for?
Are highly innovative, with potential for broad adoption in the news community.
Useful to real-world media organizations, or born out of long-established newsroom experience.
Produce re-usable, open-source software that benefits the web as a whole.
How is our approach different? What do we want to do?
Empower tech people. Bring Silicon Valley-style innovation to news, instead of the same-old Old Media mindset.
Seek proposals from non-journalists and fund them.
Create challenges and pitch contests for entrepreneurs looking to fund really outside the box ideas.
Direct money to fund breakthrough innovations, instead of just specific stories.
Take more risk. Give out more grants, smaller grants, and ask different people to take that risk. People outside the traditional comfort zone.
Don’t just push the large players forward an inch. Focus on pushing the entire industry forward a mile.
Why is Mozilla interested in news?
To advance its mission of protecting the open nature of the Internet.
We want to ensure that the same ideas that make the web awesome — openness, generativity, co-creation, massive collaboration, “hacking” and Maker Culture — are embedded and embraced by news organizations around the world.
Our theory of change is: “The web is changing, and journalism is changing with it.”
Put another way: news organizations have a massive influence over the web’s future. The Knight-Mozilla project wants to ensure they change it for the better. And vice versa.
Working with news partners to disrupt the market
By working with some of the world’s leading news partners, we’re aiming for the broadest possible exposure of the new ideas that come out of our design challenges and fellowships.
We believe these ideas will be embraced by news organizations of all shapes and sizes, both ‘traditional’ and radically new.
The emphasis is on news partners that can host fellows effectively: embracing innovation and committing to really implement new ideas and software.
Protecting the web and journalism from new risks
Start-up frenzy is resulting in the “appification” of everything. This is reinforcing some negative trends:
encroachment on user privacy
less focus on the creation of free and open-source software.
We need to guard against market failure and business models that involve lock-in or threaten consumer choice.
And also financial failure. We don’t just need ideas, but also the financial models that can sustain those ideas.
Those models will take a broad range of forms. From ‘values-based’ start-ups to ‘public trusts’ to traditional news organizations to new for-profit start-ups.