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Mozilla Drumbeat: Building your open web idea. Together.

Mozilla Drumbeat can help your big idea or project succeed. We're a global community of web makers, leaders and 'innovation ninjas' -- ready to help turn your open web idea into reality. Through smart collaboration, crowd-sourcing and hands-on participation.

All you need to get started is an idea or project that helps make the web better. Drumbeat can help with online tools, awareness raising, expert advice, skilled volunteers, and fund-raising.

Ready to get started? Submit your project now!

Sidebar: "Think big. Get help."

Mozilla Drumbeat is:

  • an online platform to help your open web project succeed
  • a global community of 'innovation ninjas', ready to attack problems and build projects
  • inventing the future of the Internet, the "Mozilla way": through open collaboration, community & hands-on participation
Napkin sketch for potential illustration. Caption: Mozilla Drumbeat is looking for your ideas & projects to make the web better. More innovative, more open, more awesome. A shared public resource, built and protected by all."

How can Mozilla Drumbeat help your idea or project succeed?

Drumbeat can help with:

  • An online hub for your project. Your Drumbeat project pages provides an online "workspace" to help drive your project forward.
  • Volunteers. Invite a global community of experts to donate their time and skills.
  • Expert advice. Gain access to thought leaders and global visionaries in your field.
  • Fundraising. Featured Drumbeat projects are able to accept contributions online.

What makes a good Drumbeat Project?

  • Must make the web better. Drumbeat projects help people control their online experience, innovate, understand the web better, or make their online experience safer.
  • A clear, measurable outcome. The more specific & doable, the better.
  • Project milestones. Breaking the project into smaller, more manageable pieces.
  • Working in the open. Lots of opportunity for crowd-sourcing, collaboration and participation.
  • Leadership. People able to draw volunteers and help steer the project.
  • Progress. Small victories & successes.

Sidebar: Example Drumbeat Projects

(include list of current featured project links, to illustrate by example)

How does it work? How do I get started?

How your Drumbeat Project grows -- from bare-bones PROJECT IDEA, to a more fully fleshed out ACTIVE PROJECT, to a recognized FEATURED PROJECT."

Step 1: Create your Project

All you need to get your project started is:

  • A project headline. Your big idea in a nutshell.
  • A short description. The idea you want to build or problem you're trying to solve, and how people can help.
  • A one-sentence explanation of how your idea makes the web better.

Once you submit these, you can invite friends and colleagues to help work on your project. And then flesh out your page with more details, content and tools.

Step 2: Flesh out your Project Page & attract helpers

Once you've got the basics filled out, your next goal is to:

1) Flesh out your Project Page. Add project details, tools & content to help people collaborate and make progress.

2) Attract helpers. Invite community members to collaborate and volunteer their skills.

3) Provide clear asks for participation. What exactly do you want your community to do? Provide clear, concrete opportunities for participation.

Step 3: Becoming a Featured Project

If your project has:

  • a well-fleshed out project page
  • an active community of helpers, and
  • some progress and community momentum behind it...

...it's eligible to become a Featured Project! These projects will get featured on the Drumbeat home page and receive special recognition and help from Mozilla.

This gives you access to more volunteers, enables you to raise money for your project through donations, and get expert help from web leaders and visionaries.

The most promising featured projects will have their organizers and top contributors flown to the Mozilla Drumbeat Festival, to share your project with the world!

Submit your Drumbeat idea now

Ready to get started? Submit your project now!

Notes, questions and suggestions

  • Matt: Is this too long? should we mask parts of it, or include them on other pages as links instead?