Mozilla Labs was created to give the community a safe and welcoming place to develop, research, talk about, and play with new and crazy ideas. Labs is all about creativity, community, experimentation and collaboration, and we’re striving to build a world-class showcase of open innovation for the Web.
Since its inception, Labs has helped further establish Mozilla as a leading source of Web innovation, and now it’s time to step it up to the next level. As a growing community, we’ve started dozens of experiments since Labs first came together, but we want to start thousands. We’ve grown to thousands of participants, but we’d like to welcome tens of thousands more.
Thousands of ideas, projects, and experiments being developed and refined by a community over a hundred thousand strong. We know what an ambitious vision this is, but we also know that it is both vital, and possible.
To achieve this, Labs must undergo a major evolution of its own, and one of the first projects we’re undertaking is to rethink, redesign, and redeploy the Labs website. In the grand Labs tradition, we’ll be doing this in an open, incremental, and experimental fashion. We’ll be playing with new ideas and tools, keeping what works, throwing away what doesn’t, and iterating on what’s promising.
And we need your help.
Just as Labs works to harness the intelligence and creativity of its community towards developing new technologies and ideas, we want to harness that incredible creative power to create a virtual space that will support the goals we hope to achieve over the next year.
What does a site look like that helps us generate thousands of ideas, and supports projects created by a community numbering tens of thousands? How would you build it? What tools should it include? How can it encourage the growth of such a strong and vibrant community?
We’ve already started thinking about and playing with some ideas and possible tools, but it’s all fairly rough since we’re still very early on in the process. You can check out what we’ve got written up so far over on the Mozilla Wiki.
The web needs to evolve. Mozilla has always believed that evolution happens most effectively when it happens in the open, and when everyone is welcome and able to participate. This is what Mozilla Labs exists to achieve, but we need your help, your ideas, and your participation.
Don’t feel like you can’t participate until you’ve answered every question here. Labs isn’t about polish. If you could make one suggestion right now, what would it be? You can leave a comment here, or in the Labs forum, or email me privately. I’m really excited about this project, and to hear how you can help us build an even more generative, open, and community-based Labs website.
– Deb Richardson, on behalf of the Mozilla Labs team