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
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Gigabit Girls - Austin Public Housing
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 program and bridge the century long divide between Austin's downtown business district and East Austin's housing projects.
The Gigabit Advantage
Latinitas will use high-definition video editing software, graphic tools, and virtual reality 360 cameras that perform best over higher bandwidth. Participants will be tasked with uploading, downloading, and streaming content through a web-based software during the creation of virtual reality narratives based on community needs or neighborhood heritage.
The Gigabit Girls curriculum developed in this pilot will be applied to Latinitas programs including 25 total after school programs, summer camps and weekend workshops at public housing sites and libraries. 2015 will be the last year Texas will graduate a majority white senior high school class and nationally, over 55% of children under 5 identify Hispanic/Latino in the U.S. Latinitas is hearing from cities such as L.A., Miami and New York, as well as others balancing large unexpected Latino growth, such as Raleigh Durham and Omaha. The demand for Latinitas' programs focused on two of the world's most influential industries: media and technology is growing on a local, regional, statewide and national level. Latinitas has already replicated our Chica Conference model that integrates media and technology workshops with themes like coding, being an entrepreneur and healthy living in Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM. Having mentors who reflect our service population has made Latinitas the only bilingual tech education organization in Austin for 15 years, and only one of handful, nationally. Latinitas is reaching girls others aren’t. 63% percent of girls who attended Latinitas’ Code Chica Conferences had never had a coding lesson before in a city nicknamed Silicon Hills. And, Latinitas is working. 93% of Latinitas program alumni are graduating high school, 81% identify as a college student, that’s in light of Latinas having the state’s highest school drop-out rates of any ethnic group. By sponsoring the development of a cutting edge curriculum focused on girls of color in Austin, Mozilla is supporting Latinitas vision to steward a healthy pipeline of young diverse and innovative voices towards Austin’s most lucrative industry- technology - in a supportive, inclusive way. Working through the Hive model in Austin has lead to new collaborations between Latinitas and other Mozilla grantees in Austin, including The Austin Monitor and Open Austin to test out their Budget Party platform and curriculum in 15 Latinitas after school programs serving over 250 girls a week. Though Latinitas are still just executing this new VR curriculum, they partner widely and strategically with dozens of other non-profits assisting as a liaison to the Latino population or by providing media and tech training to girl empowerment, cultural, STEM and other non-profits.
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