Gigabit Community Fund
Next-generation networks with the power to transform learning.
What is Mozilla Gigabit?
The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund provides grant funding in select U.S. communities to support pilot tests of gigabit technologies such as virtual reality, 4K video, artificial intelligence, and their related curricula. In so doing, our goal is to increase participation in technology innovation in support of a healthy Internet where all people are empowered, safe, and independent online.
The Gigabit Approach
Our approach to taking gigabit discoveries out of the lab and into the field is threefold:
Fund and Support
We support the development of gigabit applications and associated curricula through the Gigabit Community Fund. Grants support pilots that take gigabit technologies out of the lab and into learning spaces in select cities across the United States.
Innovate and Spread
We catalyze the creation, adoption, and spread of these innovations through Hive Learning Networks. Hives are a local network of teachers, informal educators, technologists, and community members working together to advance the promise of the web for learning.
Scale and Grow
We leverage Mozilla’s national networks to share these successes across Hive cities, other gigabit cities, and beyond. Our open innovation practices facilitate the adoption of gigabit technologies by diverse new communities of users.
Where are Mozilla Gigabit Cities
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Gigabit Project Portfolio
Learn more about projects that are transforming education through gigabit technology.
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Lead Org: aSTEAM Village
A project featuring next gen telepresence technology to teach Computer Programming and Video Game Design, providing a key STEAM pathway for students in a multi-school setting. [...]
Lead Org: Austin Free-Net
Accelerate, Augmented Reality for Workforce Training will leverage gigabit connectivity to design an augmented reality tool that supports entry level IT learning for adults. [...]
Lead Org: Adagio
The brainchild of Gig City Production‘s Jonathan Susman, Adagio is a cloud-based remote audio mixing tool co-developed with UTC Computer Science Professor Craig Tannis and several of his graduate stud [...]
Lead Org: Bonner Springs Fire Department
The Bonner Springs Fire Department led this project to develop a specialized training system that equips first response trainees with heads-up displays (currently Google Glass) to share live video and [...]
Lead Org: Creative Discovery Museum, Spartan Systems Inc.
A collaboration between the Creative Discovery Museum‘s Museum Apprentice Program and developers from Spartan Systems, Inc., Building an App from the Ground, Up is both a platform and toolbox for othe [...]
Lead Org: ElevateEDU
A citizen science project leveraging gigabit capacity to support CERN's Large Hadron Collider and provide science and technology lessons. [...]
Lead Org: Genesee Intermediate School District
The proposed pilot provides a new platform for cyber learning, biology research, and citizen science across cities, schools, and science centers. This iniatitive is a cross-city collaboration building [...]
Lead Org: devLearn
From a nascent idea for a mobile learn-to-code app, Duncan Ingram, Inc. developers Tim Coy and Jonathan Williams brought devLearn to life at Hackanooga – Chattanooga’s second annual weekend of civic h [...]
Lead Org: Austin Monitor
Digital Mock City Council is an online, open-source, digital budget debate platform and curriculum designed for middle and high school students to explore civic challenges and priorities. [...]
Lead Org: Eduity, LLC
The Community Technology Leadership Program takes the technology leadership program model from the corporate setting to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) make greater use of ultrafast netw [...]
Lead Org: Roncilliation Services
This project piloted the first public test of the Software Lending Library in Kansas City. The project aims to bring the benefits of gigabit internet connectivity to clients and neighbors in an unders [...]
Lead Org: Latinitas
This VR introductory course will be taught to girls engaged with Latinitas programming and living in Austin Public Housing. The project will also include recruitment of VR professionals to support the [...]
Lead Org: Changing Expectations
To foster an inclusive computing culture, Changing Expectations will add WebVR coding projects to the My Brother's Keeper Coding Makerspace to prepare boys of color for the VR workforce. The MBK stude [...]
Lead Org: GlobalEXCEL
GigBridge, proposed by GPS senior Anjali Chandra and funded through the second round of the Gigabit Community Fund, leveraged the gig to connect students via streaming video at Chattanooga Girls Leade [...]
Lead Org: Enterprise Center
The project harnesses the power of the Gig and 4K video microscopy to create connections and collaborations for powerful STEM learning opportunities in Chattanooga and beyond. A team participating in [...]
Lead Org: Catoosa County Public School System
The Giving Garden Tech Lab project allows students to experience Life Science in a new, interactive way utilizing innovative technology, like virtual reality and 4K streaming. [...]
Lead Org: Global Kids
Haunts is a STEM program for youth ages 14-18 that supports historical-based community exploration through geo-locative game development. [...]
Lead Org: University of Kansas, School of Architecture, Design & Planning
The University of Kansas seeks to deploy Population Health strategies in smart cities through the design of smart, sustainable, and affordable prefabricated housing. University of Kansas students will [...]
Lead Org: Hyperaudio, Inc.
Hyperaudio, Inc. – designers of an open-source tool for remixing audio and video – partnered with the Chattanooga Public Library to produce a “hyperlocal” platform tied to archival material fromWTCI, [...]
Lead Org: Trinity Animation
Trinity Animation will use high realism medical VR for anatomical education, both local on HTC VIVE and remote via gigabit monitoring. [...]
Lead Org: Studio MindStride
Input Genies teaches youth how to code or build tools for other youth, who cannot easily use a keyboard or mouse. [...]
Lead Org: The Enterprise Center
Hamilton County Department of Education, the Enterprise Center and the Public Education Foundation are using LOw LAtency technology to expand access to arts education across the city of Chattanooga, a [...]
Lead Org: Kansas City Public Library
This virtual reality project piloted by the Kansas City Public Library gave kids a way to design their ideal neighborhood in two of Kansas City's urban areas through and provided a gamed-up way to bui [...]
Lead Org: Hamilton County Department of Education
This project creates a collaborative lab for teacher professional learning by harnessing the gigabit network, utilizing multiple telepresence robots and leveraging the experience across Hamilton Count [...]
Lead Org: Northland CAPS
High school students at Northland CAPS worked with business partners to develop a suite of application based communications, monitoring and treatment tools for clinicians and high-risk patients to red [...]
Lead Org: PlanIT Impact
PlanIT Impact is putting its big data 3D modeling technology in the hands of students in Kansas City to advance education around sustainable design. Summer semester architecture students at the Kans [...]
Lead Org: Pennez
Pennez is a live- time digital assessment tool for measuring a child’s reading fluency. The application utilizes machine learning technology to assess speed, vocabulary, understanding, sight word, pro [...]
Lead Org: PlanIt Impact
A first of its kind platform, the PlanIT Impact application provides visually immersive feedback about envrionmental impact and building design based on open geospatial data and the development projec [...]
Lead Org: The Lean Lab
Using the gig as a collaboration tool for video and live sharing, The Lean Lab aims to rapidly spur community dialogue and space for collaboration around innovation in education by sharing examples of [...]
Lead Org: Art120
Local students are learning how to build their own air synthesizer by using Python coding languages and a Raspberry Pi. The resulting technology, Stage Genies, will be showcased by the Chattanooga Bal [...]
Lead Org: KC Social Innovation Center
SensED is a project-based social innovation program for 7-12 graders to highlight and provide real-world experiences in the emerging field of Internet of Things. The project will (1) create a mapped c [...]
Lead Org: Enterprise Center
4K streaming content in Ultra-HD creates engaging learning environments through enhanced access to community assets for learners in three schools and two community centers. Utilizing real-time streami [...]
Lead Org: FitNet
TechHawks is a a fitness initative delivering real-time monitoring and robust metrics to curb obesity via the FitNet app, shaping how families manage and understand wellness. Fitnet and the University [...]
Lead Org: Big Bang
The Gigabots bring real-time internet connectivity to educational robotics platforms between schools in Kansas City and Austin, TX. [...]
Lead Org: Chattanooga Public Library
The GigLab is a unique space offering public access to gigabit enabled tools, technology and education. Housed on the celebrated 4th Floor, this second round Gigabit Community Fund project pushes the [...]
Lead Org: The Urban Farming Guys
Urban Farming Guys IoT Smart Greenhouse and aquaponics will benefit the local community via food production and education through an open source community. [...]
Lead Org: ViatoR, LLC
ViatoR uses VR to submerge users in an immersive environment for an interactive, engaging language learning experience. [...]
Lead Org: GeonCode
Viditor is an open-source, collaborative video editor, leveraging gigabit speed to allow multiple users to create and edit projects in real time and from any device with a modern browser. It was the [...]
Lead Org: V Form Alliance
Youth Powered LLC will work with students to create virtual field trips to landmarks in KS and MO that are important to black history. [...]
Lead Org: UT Foundation (UofT UTeach Outreach)
UTeach will design robust, validated, lessons for gigabit-connected middle school classrooms that support Google Expeditions and Unity game design software to create virtual reality experiences that i [...]
Lead Org: Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, Hixson High School
Science classes from the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences partnered with Hixson High School to build a real-time water quality monitoring network, using big data to effect environmental ch [...]
Lead Org: PenPal Schools
PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students (ages 9+) in 170 countries to collaborate through high-quality online courses and learn about global challenges while practicing essential technology skil [...]
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Funding Requirements and Eligibility
The Gigabit Community Fund supports pilots of gigabit technologies and associated curricula that show the impact of next-generation networks on learning. All supported projects must:
- Be piloted in the metropolitan region of Austin, Eugene, Chattanooga, Lafayette, or Kansas City
- Focus on education or workforce development
- Leverage next-generation technologies like virtual reality, 4K video, artificial intelligence, and their related curricula
Participation is open to companies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. Funding will not be granted to unaffiliated individuals acting on their own. Before submitting your application, please review the Gigabit Community Fund’s Terms and Conditions.
- August 1, 2017
- Round 3 Applications Due
- October 30, 2017 -
February 16, 2018
- Round 3 Pilot Period
- October 1, 2017
- Round 4 Application Window Opens
- December 1, 2017
- Round 4 Letter of Intent Form Due for All Projects
- January 19, 2018
- Round 4 Applications Due
- March 26, 2018 -
July 13, 2018
- Round 4 Pilot Period
Type of Support
|Project Type||Eligible Cities||Pilot Requirements||Recommended Funding Level|
|Local||Austin, Lafayette, and Eugene||Local projects are those conceived of and executed in one of the eligible communities. Though the pilot is only occurring in one community, multiple organizations within that community may be involved. A pilot with real-life learners must occur in the Austin, Lafayette, or Eugene metro areas.||$5,000 - $15,000|
|Multi-City||Austin, Chattanooga, Eugene, Lafayette, and Kansas City||Cross-City projects have project partners from 2 or more of the Mozilla Gigabit communities. These may, for example, be projects previously piloted in one city that are scaling to a new community or projects that are conceived of in one community and tested in another. Though partners can be from multiple communities, a pilot with real-life learners must must occur in at least one of the eligible communities.||$10,000 - $30,000|
- Project Type
- Eligible Cities
- Austin, Lafayette, and Eugene
- Pilot Requirements
- Local projects are those conceived of and executed in one of the eligible communities. Though the pilot is only occurring in one community, multiple organizations within that community may be involved. A pilot with real-life learners must occur in the Austin, Lafayette, or Eugene metro areas.
- Recommended Funding Level
- $5,000 - $15,000
- Project Type
- Eligible Cities
- Austin, Chattanooga, Eugene, Lafayette, and Kansas City
- Pilot Requirements
- Cross-City projects have project partners from 2 or more of the Mozilla Gigabit communities. These may, for example, be projects previously piloted in one city that are scaling to a new community or projects that are conceived of in one community and tested in another. Though partners can be from multiple communities, a pilot with real-life learners must must occur in at least one of the eligible communities.
- Recommended Funding Level
- $10,000 - $30,000
How to Apply
To submit an application for funding, follow these steps:
- Review the Gigabit Community Fund’s Terms and Conditions and frequently asked questions.
- Submit a Letter of Intent form. This Letter of Intent form will help our project staff provide you with valuable proposal feedback ahead of the application deadline.
- Successful Letter of Intent submissions will receive an invitation to submit a full application from our grant management system, Fluxx.
- Draft your application based on the guidelines in the Terms and Conditions. Use this template for your Project Timeline and this template for your Budget.
- Check out some sample applications that have received funding, here and here. (Please note that proposal format and questions have been updated.)
- Successful submissions will receive an email invitation to submit a complete, final application to the Gigabit Community Fund on the Fluxx application system on or before Friday, July 15.
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