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
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Gigabit VR: MBK Coding WebVR Scenes
To foster an inclusive computing culture, Changing Expectations will add WebVR coding projects to the My Brother's Keeper Coding Makerspace to prepare boys of color for the VR workforce. The MBK students will learn to code WebVR scenes based on their ethnically diverse interests and perspectives and share through mini-workshops with younger youth and their parents visiting the Carver Museum.
The Gigabit Advantage
The gigabit advantage is the promise of virtual reality (VR) in learning on tomorrow's networks. The enormous amount of bandwidth available to us through a gigabit network affords us the chance to do VR right. We can create and virtually inhabit digital environments with detailed textures and enough “room” for several people to be in one another’s telepresence all at once with very low lag or latency. Given the chance to explore WebVR scenes the MBK students create themselves, we plan to experience emerging forms of teaching and learning that are possible with Gigabit VR.
Through their My Brother's Keeper Makerspace, Changing Expectations guided young men of color to created WebVR scenes and produced example WebVR lesson plans with teachers through their partnership in the University of Texas at Austin's WeTeach_CS Collaborative. Changing Expectations documented the WebVR scenes in shared Google documents and showcased those scenes during a Community Showcase at the George Washington Carver Museum. The coding makerspace used WebVR technology to create a learning experience that bridged boundaries for Austin’s young men of color to become tech professionals and entrepreneurs. The project helped to address the severe underrepresentation and lack of opportunity for people of color to participate in Austin’s tech industry. This was achieved through mentorship relationships: tech professionals of various cultural backgrounds were brought together with students to support an effort to prepare underrepresented, underserved youth for tech careers.
Learn more about Gigabit VR: MBK Coding WebVR Scenes
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