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
ViatoR utilizes VR to submerge users in an immersive environment for an interactive, engaging language learning experience. ViatoR VR allows for interactions with instructors and peers within fully fleshed out environments to achieve experiential learning: learning through doing. In this virtual world, students will be able to interact with their instructors and each other as they practice speaking within the foreign environment.
The Gigabit Advantage
While using ViatoR, constant bidirectional communication between the client and server will occur. Couple that with streaming high definition video from the instructor to the learner(s), as well as all of the possible simultaneous audio streams, and multiply that by the number of users in a given location, and it becomes apparent that our application will be bandwidth hungry. Additionally, our project looks forward to the day when VR headsets will be 4K compatible. Current hardware limitations in both the headmounted displays and the computers that run the simulations prevent this from being possible now, but future generations of headsets will push resolutions towards 2K and eventually 4K resolutions. In Chattanooga, Viator VR will have an advantage developing and testing these high bandwidth applications when the hardware is able to catch up.
Our primary technical additions to the project this pilot period were multiplayer sessions that support up to sixteen connected users simultaneously, additional virtual environments for participants, a simple game mode, better movement mechanics, and the beginning of a robust user interface for joining and creating user sessions. We were thrilled to end up with this ability to have multiplayers in one environment and session.
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