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
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.
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.
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. This project continued into 2015 and 2016 with classes working on their project with an afterschool club.
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