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
Virtual Realities in Culture: Explorations of the African Diaspora
Youth Powered LLC will work with students to create virtual field trips to landmarks in KS and MO that are important to black history.
The Gigabit Advantage
The enormous amount of bandwidth available to us affords us the chance to do VR right. We can create and virtually inhabit digital environments with detailed textures and enough “room” for several people to be in one another’s telepresence all at once with very low lag or latency. While we have the capacity to do work like this now through platforms like Minecraft, combining web VR with gigabit connections gives us the chance to make this work web-native, mobile, and user-friendly. With Gigabit VR and the Gigabit Community Fund, we can put the world into our kids’ hands. Students, teachers, and other community stakeholders will be able to access our culturally relevant content in a way that has been cost, time prohibitive in the past.
During the grant period, three cultural historical sites were selected for the VR Experience: Quindaro Ruins; John Brown House; and Brown v. Board of Education. 15 high school students then conducted expeditionary field excursions to the three sites to turn them into virtual reality learning experiences using a 360 degree video camera and the A-Frame as the VR platform. The students built the content for the educational VR experiences and piloted them with 132 elementary and middle school students.
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