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

ViatoR VR

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.

Chattanooga
2016

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.

Outcomes

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.

Learn more about ViatoR VR

Gigabit Events

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

March 8-9, 2018

IoT Escape Room Workshop

Chattanooga

As part of its work to champion Internet health and related issues like online privacy and security on connected devices, the Mozilla Foundation is hosting an Internet of Things (IoT) Escape Room workshop at in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Thursday, March 8, to Friday, March, 9th, 2018.

March 26-29, 2018

Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo and US Ignite Application Summit

Kansas City

Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo convenes leading technology and solution providers with city leaders

June 25-28, 2018

Gigabit City Summit

Kansas City

The Gigabit City Summit offers a unique, multidisciplinary program for cities in the midst of digital transformation. Bridging the gap between broadband and smart cities, the Gigabit City Summit brings together a community focused on how infrastructure investment translates into real civic impact.