The contest will support promising solutions through expert mentorship and $250,000 in prize money, split into three categories -- Best Overall (based on scalability), Best Overall Runner-up and Most Novel Solution (based on experiment with a potential high reward).
"This challenge is designed to spur innovations for bringing the members of the next billion online," said Katharina Borchert, Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla, in a statement.
Broadly, the challenges are due to lack of incentives and infrastructure as well as mixed demographics.
Mozilla has launched www.equalrating.com, a website offering educational content and background information to support the challenge.
In the coming weeks, Mozilla will also stream a series of webinars to further inform potential applicants about the challenge details.
Interested innovators can submit their ideas and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details, the company said.