Gigabit Community Fund
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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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The Community Technology Leadership Program (CTLP) builds strategic capabilities to get the most from technology with minimal risks and reasonable costs. Participants get real-world experience creating technology strategies. They work directly with actual businesses and with skilled technologists in a facilitated problem-based learning process. The program provides new, valuable professional connections as well as a broad, practical understanding of how to assess, manage, and target technology.
The Gigabit Advantage
CTLP's goal is to capitalize on the gigabit advantage, to build capabilities necessary to leverage gigabit networks, and advance awareness of the technology's benefits among business leaders. It does these things by focusing on practical business issues and needs, and by engaging prospective technology leaders to research solutions. CTLP brings the voices of small and medium businesses and of under-developed talent into the discussion, to understand what gigabit networks really mean for them. Rather than focus on a particular technology, it focuses on technology users and on improving utilization. Business people and those who help them implement technology solutions are essential to the gigabit ecosystem. If they don't understand the value of gigabit networks, or are not capable of tapping into that value, the technology won't move forward. The CTLP bridges the knowledge gap by helping organizations plan for technology while building workforce capabilities.
The CTLP pilot established a model for building community technology leadership capabilities by helping a particular small business owner (SMO) develop a technology strategy. The model consists of a common set of analytical tools, a learning process, including content and objectives, and program mechanics (how to deliver it, resources required, etc.). All of these products will be shared via a public web site. The goal is for the model to be replicated and scaled. A guide for others to run Community Technology Leadership Programs should be available in August 2017.
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