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
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
Input Genies - Technology and Curriculum
At its heart, Input Genies is a curriculum for teaching critical aspects of computer science in a fun, useful, interesting way. In addition to teaching computer scientific thinking, Input Genies' particular projects are societally useful; we develop a variety of ways for manipulatively-challenged individuals to keyboard and mouse using alternative devices. In particular, we'll learn how to produce keyboard and mouse input programmatically, and then use a variety of hardware solutions (e.g. buttons in various configurations or cameras) to drive the keyboarding and mousing software. Given the nature of the projects, these particular lessons lend themselves to classes in which non-manipulatively-challenged youth learn to work collaboratively with manipulatively-challenged youth.
The Gigabit Advantage
Inclusive I/O Maker Kits will allow everyone to use the Gigabit networks, regardless of their physical abilities. The curricula developed with and for young makers includes lessons on technology that can only work in a Gigabit environment. This will allow students to really experience the fullness of bandwidth within the network.
During the pilot period, working prototype devices and software have been built for each project. We have taken substantial notes and gleaned insights from pop-up project presentations to technologists and educators. Technology, code, and feedback will all contribute to the overall Genies Project, which will be made available in September 2017 via Studio MindStride’s website and shared via Mozilla channels.
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