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

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 hacking – in July of 2014. The free app, now available for both iOS and Android, offers gamefied lessons in HTML and CSS, with a JavaScript tutorial on the way. One of its chief innovations has been in eliminating the need for typing on a mobile device; asking the user multiple choice questions and to code via drag-and-drop blocks, devLearn takes the frustration of a misplaced period or an errant space out of the programming equation.

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The Gigabit Advantage

Media-rich learning enviornments load quickly, with no waiting or lag. This project has also been a great example of how CHA"s network can compress development and feedback cycles with developers and educators working together in real time to refine the application.

Outcomes

Awarded funding during the second round of the Gigabit Community Fund, devLearn demoed at Chattanooga’s own Mini Maker Faire, as well as the World Maker Faire in Flushing Meadow, NY, before piloting with library students at Clifton Hills Elementary School. devLearn illustrates what the gig’s low-latency and a pair of civic-minded developers can mean to a city: Downloaded more than 1500 times in its first two months, students, parents and teachers throughout Hamilton County (and beyond) are learning how to code for the first time.

Learn more about devLearn

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.