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

Housing Smart Cities

The University of Kansas seeks to deploy Population Health strategies in smart cities through the design of smart, sustainable, and affordable prefabricated housing. University of Kansas students will lead the project, learning about the impacts of high-speed networks and Internet of Things innovations in Smart Cities.

Kansas City
2017

The Gigabit Advantage

The research and prototype development that we are interested in requires a gigabit network. Population Health strategies involving vast quantities of biometric data made possible by these networks have the potential to deliver healthcare affordably, equitably, and effectively at scale. They provide essential new tools to healthcare providers in caring for those most vulnerable in society. No demographic stands to benefit more from this scenario than the impoverished, sick, and elderly. And yet, affordable dignified housing that is able to leverage the connectivity of Smart Cities will become increasingly elusive for many. Embedded sensors in architecture provide a more equitable solution than active (worn) sensors that can be expensive and require some technical fluency to operate.

Outcomes

The prototype flooring system was designed and built by 5th year Master of Architecture students in KU’s School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. The Fall semester was spent imagining architectural solutions that could leverage gigabit networks. Specifically, we developed a demonstration model of a typical residential floor system that is able to collect data on heel strike. Utilizing accelerometers and strain gauges, we are able to monitor activity and detect falls, limp, muscle stutter, dragging of feet, and balance issues. This data can also be used for more advanced gait analysis which can identify and predict such conditions as diabetic neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and other forms of dementia.

Learn more about Housing Smart Cities

Gigabit Events

We offer global and local opportunities that facilitate group and in-person collaboration. Join us!

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.