Voice-enabled products are rapidly penetrating both consumer and enterprise markets. The expectations are that in the near future voice interaction will become a key interface for people’s Internet-connected lives.
Currently, the voice product market is heavily dominated by a few giant tech companies. This is unhealthy as it stifles competition and prevents the entry of smaller companies with new and innovative products.
Mozilla wants to change that. Our engagement in the development of voice-related products is a natural reflection of the company’s mission of empowering people to take control of their online experiences. We want to open up the voice product development process, to make it transparent and accessible to everyone. The first two steps in this direction have been the Common Voice project, the compilation of a multilingual, open and publicly available dataset of labeled audio samples to be used to train voice-enabled applications, and Mozilla Speech open source projects (text-to-speech engine, and speech-to-text engine). Now, we’re taking the next step: we would like to identify and integrate a full plan to define the voice technology space by creating a “stack” of open source technologies to support the development of new voice-enabled products.
The objective of this Challenge is to create a comprehensive stack of open source voice-enabled technologies for the development of voice-enabled products. For the purpose of this Challenge, we define voice-enabled technologies as “technologies that use voice as an interface, allowing people to interact with various connected devices through verbal means -- both when speaking and listening.”
We envision that some elements of this stack would be the following technologies:
We want to improve this list by adding more relevant technologies and then place the list in a public repository for open access. To achieve this, all proposed technologies in the stack need to be open source licensed.
When composing the stack, HeroX Solvers should answer the following questions:
A total prize pool of up to $6,000 is available
To be eligible for an award, your proposal must, at a minimum:
We’re looking for open source solutions that empower voice-enabled technology. If you choose to submit any code, ensure that it is already under an open source license OR you are comfortable granting Mozilla a license to use the code and, if you win, assigning the ownership of the code to Mozilla. In cases where ownership is assigned to Mozilla, Mozilla may choose to make the code open source. You can view the full details on the intellectual property structure in the legal agreement.
The challenge is open to all adult individuals, private teams, public teams, and collegiate teams. Teams may originate from any country. Submissions must be made in English. All challenge-related communication will be in English.
No specific qualifications or expertise in the field of voice-enabled technology is required. Prize organizers encourage outside individuals and non-expert teams to compete and propose new solutions.
To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.
Registration and Submissions:
Submissions must be made online (only), via upload to the HeroX.com website, on or before August 20, 2019, 5 pm EDT. No late submissions will be accepted.
Selection of Winners:
Based on the winning criteria, prizes will be awarded per the Judging Criteria section above. In the case of a tie, the winner(s) will be selected based on the highest votes from the Judges.