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

Get in touch with your local Gigabit Hive community

Featured Updates

Building an App from the Ground Up

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 other education programs. Under the guidance of CDM’s Randy Jestice and James Candan of Spartan System, a group of teen volunteers has researched, designed and built a scavenger hunt app featuring some of the museum’s entomological exhibits.

Chattanooga
2014

The Gigabit Advantage

MAP participants built immersive learning environments that load in real time, with no waiting or lag dragging down participant engagement.

Outcomes

In developing this immersive learning tool, the students have done everything from the art elements to programming the game itself; a separate teen A/V team filmed and edited videos of the project while in progress, as well as handling all social media updates and the project blog. In many ways, the MAPs team has evolved into their own development company, serving Chattanooga’s young museum-goers. Funded during the second round of the Gigabit Community Fund, the project demoed at the Mini Maker Faire during Startup Week; a beta version of Critter Catch, their app, is nearing release.

Learn more about Building an App from the Ground Up

Gigabit Events

We offer global and local opportunities that facilitate group and in-person collaboration. Join us!

July 25, 2017

Mozilla/NSF WINS San Francisco Meet-Up

Mozilla's San Francisco Office - 2 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are partnering to give away $2M in prizes for wireless solutions that help connect the unconnected. Full details at wirelesschallenge.mozilla.org. This meet-up will cover the WINS Challenges, and includes a panel of local community wireless networking experts and an opportunity to network with others interested in the Challenges.

August 1-3, 2017

Gigabit City Summit

Plexpod Westport Commons - 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

The 2017 Gigabit City Summit goes beyond the smart city hype to prepare cities to pursue sustainable community change models. Powered by KC Digital Drive, the event explores opportunities for investing in a tech-capable infrastructure and the steps needed to continue to grow and evolve.

October 27-29, 2017

MozFest

Ravensbourne College, London

Join the Mozilla Foundation's annual festival and be part of the global network fighting to keep the web open and free.