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

Open Data 3D Models

PlanIT Impact is putting its big data 3D modeling technology in the hands of students in Kansas City to advance education around sustainable design. Summer semester architecture students at the Kansas City Design Center will apply PlanIT Impact to their studio projects to understand resource impact modules of energy usage, water usage and storm water perviousness. The PlanIT Impact development team will also be working contiguously to develop additional modules of Building Density, which require a more intensive collaboration with Kansas City, MO’s parcel data and Open Data portal. As these additional resource impact modules become available, students will have access to test them and record their outputs.

Kansas City
2016

The Gigabit Advantage

There is an extraordinary amount of data being transferred in this project application, including 3D digital architectural models and GIS models as well as national and local Open Data API data translation. The project team is hoping to show how the reduction in time for upload and feedback of metrics will increase ease of iteration and more in-depth study of potential performance. The hope is that the project will lead to the design of a novel distributed software architecture that leverages the power of cloud computing and gigabit networking to advance the state-of-the-art in design and planning. The project can be replicated to other communities as well due to ubiquity of cloud computing and increasing availability of Open Data and gigabit networking across cities in the US.

Outcomes

This project pilot period concludes in late 2016. This project was demoed at the 2016 US Ignite Summit in Austin, TX.

Learn more about Open Data 3D Models

Gigabit Events

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

July 25, 2017

Mozilla/NSF WINS San Francisco Meet-Up

Mozilla's San Francisco Office - 2 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105

Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are partnering to give away $2M in prizes for wireless solutions that help connect the unconnected. Full details at wirelesschallenge.mozilla.org. This meet-up will cover the WINS Challenges, and includes a panel of local community wireless networking experts and an opportunity to network with others interested in the Challenges.

August 1-3, 2017

Gigabit City Summit

Plexpod Westport Commons - 300 E 39th St, Kansas City, MO 64111

The 2017 Gigabit City Summit goes beyond the smart city hype to prepare cities to pursue sustainable community change models. Powered by KC Digital Drive, the event explores opportunities for investing in a tech-capable infrastructure and the steps needed to continue to grow and evolve.

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.