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
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Digital Mock City Council
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.
The Gigabit Advantage
The Austin Budget Party app promises to deliver education content simultaneously to large numbers of participants about the City Budget and collects their input about how they want resources allocated to update a real-time data stream. As this app matures, the content delivered will include video and other high bandwidth content. You can see results aggregate in real time using websockets. The Digital Mock City Council meeting environment will require a reliable, high-resolution video conferencing solution dependent on high speed internet connections for a seamless, synchronous, virtual video experience.
Throughout the pilot period, the team continued to develop the functionality and performance of the Austin Budget Party app, created a high school curriculum to accompany it, provided a professional development opportunity for Austin ISD teachers and saw the curriculum implemented in a small number of classrooms. This work represents a successful start as we now have key components in hand (refined Budget Party app, aligned curriculum, educator support and classroom opportunities) and have learned a great deal about what is necessary to sustain the partnerships that make those components possible.
Learn more about Digital Mock City Council
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