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ABA10 WinnerCompany: Mozilla, Mountain View, CA
Company Description: Mozilla is a global community dedicated to building free, open source products and technologies that improve the online experience for people everywhere. We work in the open with a highly disciplined, transparent and cooperative development process.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories / Innovation Awards
Nomination Sub Category: Most Innovative Company of the Year - Up to 2,500 Employees

Nomination Title: Mozilla’s Good Fight – Keeping the Web Open and Participatory

1. Tell the story about what this nominated company achieved since January 1 2009 (up to 500 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:

Mozilla is a global community of people who believe that the power of Internet
technology can enrich lives. It’s a public benefit organization that pushes
aggressively for technical innovation and openness on the Web. Mozilla’s primary
efforts to accomplish this are centered around its open source software project,
which provides both a social and technical platform for advancing the Internet
through end user products like Firefox. Mozilla’s mission is to promote choice,
innovation and participation on the Internet.

In the past year, Mozilla has reached a number of significant milestones and
launched new initiatives focused on its goals of making the Web open and

Mozilla released Firefox 3.5 in June 2009, which was a major update to the
popular, open source Web browser and included a significant number of changes in
user interface, security and performance, such as Private Browsing mode, native
support for open video and audio and Location Aware Browsing.

In September 2009, the Mozilla Project celebrated more than one billion
downloads of Firefox, reflecting the popularity of Firefox and the enormous
growth of the Web.

In January 2010, Mozilla released Firefox 3.6 with even more user-facing
improvements, including more than 100,000 custom browser themes called personas
as well as a number of “under the hood” improvements, like improved JavaScript
performance and enhancements to familiar favorites like the Awesome Bar for a
more personalized Web experience. Firefox 3.6 has since been downloaded more
than 200 million times.

On January 28, 2010 Mozilla released Firefox for mobile – bringing the Firefox
experience to select mobile devices. The mobile initiative was Mozilla’s next
step in the organization’s goal of creating one Web that anyone can access
whenever, wherever. Firefox for mobile is the first mobile browser with add-ons
as well as the first to offer tabbed browsing. In 2009, Mozilla Labs introduced
the Weave project, which explores deeper integration of the browser with online
services. The Weave Sync add-on allows seamless integration between a user’s
desktop and mobile Firefox experience.

Through the success of Firefox and relentless focus on improving the Web for
people everywhere, Mozilla has been instrumental in defining the components of a
modern browser. Users enjoy a more competitive market where Web browsers iterate
at a faster pace, adding features Firefox has championed like open video and
audio, browser customization, and delivering a safer and more personal
experience overall.

2. List hyperlinks to any online news stories, press releases, or other documents that support the claims made in the section above. IMPORTANT: Begin each link with http://, and enclose each link in square brackets; for example, []:

Mozilla at a Glance:

Mitchell’s Blog
Firefox turns 5

Mitchell’s Blog
Firefox in Context

Mitchell’s Blog
Mozilla, Firefox and Google Chrome

General news stories:

Ars Technica
Over 1 billion served: Firefox passes download milestone

The New York Times
For Mozilla and Google, Group Hugs Get Tricky

Mozilla’s Crowdsourcing Mystique

Firefox 3.5 Inches Past IE7 As World’s Most Popular Browser

Firefox Mobile news stories:

Ars Technica
Hands-on: Mozilla's pocket-sized Firefox mobile for Maemo

Add-ons in Firefox's first mobile browser

Firefox Mobile For Maemo Officially Launches

Firefox Mobile version 1.0 now available for the Nokia N900

Weave news stories:

Ars Technica
Mozilla Weave 1.0: take your tabs and bookmarks everywhere

Weave Goes 1.0: Firefox Gets an Official Bookmark Syncing Tool

Firefox 3.6 news stories:

Mozilla forges ahead with Firefox 3.6

Make the right browser update: Firefox 3.6

Enterprise Applications: LABS GALLERY: Firefox 3.6 Is a Small But Worthwhile Upgrade

Financial Times
Firefox 3.6 launches

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6

Firefox 3.6 Released

PC World
Firefox 3.6 Brings Performance Improvements, a Few New Features

Firefox 3.6 is Here

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.6 with promise of more speed, stability

3. Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the leader of this nominated company:

As leader of the Mozilla Project, Mitchell Baker is responsible for organizing
and motivating a massive, worldwide collective of employees and volunteers who
are breathing new life into the Internet with Mozilla products. As Chairman of
Mozilla, Baker continues her commitment to an open, innovative Web and the
infinite possibilities it presents.

As the CEO of Mozilla, John Lilly is responsible for guiding the product and
organizational development efforts for Mozilla Corporation. John is a regular
speaker at industry events and serves on the board of directors of the Open
Source Application Foundation and Participatory Culture Foundation.