Announcing the Contacts Design Challenge

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Mozilla Labs is back with a new Design Challenge – and this time you don’t need to be a designer to participate! Join our Contacts Design Challenge and help define & create the next wave of social applications both in the browser and on the Web.

We are looking for creative answers to the question: “What are the interesting uses of having a complete list of all your contacts and relationships in your browser, for both local browser applications and services on the web?”

The Brief

Mozilla Labs recently launched a series of experiments around your online identity, contacts and the relationship you have with other people. With Contacts, we’ve enhanced your browser by making it aware of your online contacts and friend lists. You can then search and browse your contacts in the browser, and a website can ask for permission to access them through an API. [more]

What we are looking for

Imagine that a website can ask for permission to access your contacts – it could use this information to send messages to your contacts, or to discover which of your friends are already using the service. What other experiences could be enabled? How could the experience be presented in the browser? How could my friends’ and coworkers’ experience of the web affect my web experience?

Or imagine a Firefox add-on which allows you to share interesting websites you discovered with your friends by simply selecting them from your Contacts list. The add-on could then determine which is the best way to contact each particular contact on your list and send out emails, tweets or status updates on social networks.

We are interested to hear from you what you would like to use Contacts for – what would be a useful or fun use case for you?

“What are the interesting uses of having a complete list of all your contacts and relationships in your browser, for both local browser applications and services on the web?”

How it works

To participate in this Design Challenge you need to create a short video explaining your idea(s), presenting the mockup and showing how your idea works. Your video can contain anything from a napkin drawing, a wireframe, to a polished graphic/prototype. Please note that your video should not be longer than 3 minutes.

Important Dates

  • June 2010 – Launch of Contacts Design Challenge
  • July 5th, 2010 – Submission Deadline
  • July 7st, 2010 – People’s Choice Voting starts
  • July 12th, 2010 – People’s Choice Voting ends
  • July 16th, 2010 – Best in Class honors are announced

Head over to the Design Challenge site and get creative!