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

Wireless Earth Watchdogs

Science classes from the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences partnered with Hixson High School to build a real-time water quality monitoring network, using big data to effect environmental change. Lead by CSAS’s Davis Mounger and Ashley Patterson-Johnston and Joyce Purdue from Hixson, students designed, built and programmed buoys, monitoring devices and wireless sending-units to collect information from various locations within the North Chickamauga Creek watershed using SparkFun Electronics‘ microcontroller platform. The schools have been collaborating with Dr. Mark Schorr, a professor from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at UTC, where their network is contributing to his decades-long project monitoring regional water pollution, providing streaming data where previously only annual or biannual samplings were practical.

Chattanooga
2014

The Gigabit Advantage

This project explored how gigabit speeds could facilitate immersive, engaging distance learning across schools as well as real-time coaching and feedback across organizations. Big data from water quality monitors also flowed in real-time to researchers thanks to the low-latency connection.

Outcomes

Originally funded during the second round of the 2014 Gigabit Community Fund, the class was so popular that Hixson has begun offering Wireless Earth Watchdogs as an extracurricular club – the original pilot students serve as mentors – as well as supporting a second semester of the course.

Learn more about Wireless Earth Watchdogs

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.