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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Mozilla, the National Science Foundation and U.S. Ignite announce $300,000 in grants for gigabit internet projects in Eugene, OR and Lafayette, LAContinue readingSee all blog posts
Local students are learning how to build their own air synthesizer by using Python coding languages and a Raspberry Pi. The resulting technology, Stage Genies, will be showcased by the Chattanooga Ballet at an event in downtown Chattanooga.Continue readingSee all projects
Hyperaudio, Inc. – designers of an open-source tool for remixing audio and video – partnered with the Chattanooga Public Library to produce a “hyperlocal” platform tied to archival material fromWTCI, a local PBS affiliate. A media-heavy browser application and natural fit for the gig, the Hyperaudio Pad allows users to manipulate and create content by dragging and dropping selections from text and transcripts tied to audio or video files
The Gigabit Advantage
High-speed, low-latency connections allow videos to compile in seconds, without lag or wait times getting in the way of creating and learning. When demoed in New York, for example, a slower connection meant that videos and remixes took much longer to compile and load, which had a notable negative effect on youth engagement with the application.
Over the course of the first round of support from the Gigabit Community Fund, Hyperlocal Hyperaudio demoed at Maker Partiesin the Bronx and in Chattanooga, as well as at Co.Lab’s GigTankDemo Day in 2014. Justin Hoenke, head of Teen Services for the library, and teachers from the Howard School developed lesson plans around the platform, engaging students in local history while learning through play; future collaboration has been planned with the Hunter Museum of American Art.
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