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
World Explorer Virtual Exchange
PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students (ages 9+) in 170 countries to collaborate through high-quality online courses and learn about global challenges while practicing essential technology skills. PenPal Schools will extend their digital content with 360 4K video in a pilot, cultural exchange experience linking PenPals in Austin, TX USA with international locations.
The Gigabit Advantage
One of largest limiting factors when distributing VR experiences is the amount of data require to stream or download a high-quality experience. Leveraging Gigabit Networks, PPS would have the opportunity to distributed highly engaging educational VR content to communities around the globe that would otherwise be excluded. Early test show VR content to be the most engaging forms of media consumption invented to date. This pilot program has the ability to highlight not only the power of VR in education, but also the importance of open and free internet to all people.
PenPal Schools developed a VR Field Trip to Pakistan that, in it's debut semester, has already reached over 2,000 students worldwide. The module is well documented and freely available on the PenPal Schools website. The syllabus, a demo of the module, and a button for teachers or students to join for free can be easily accessd on their website. While the project was enjoyed in 13 countries, PenPals focused on enriching local classrooms in Austin. The PenPals Schools story is something of a capstone for the Hive Networks model. PenPals received their very first startup funds from Mozilla Hive NYC in 2012. Over the last 5 years, they've grown their platform, business, and curriculum to reach a global audience. Coming back to Hive for the Gigabit Community Fund grant was an opportunity for this group to innovate on their model again.
Learn more about World Explorer Virtual Exchange
We offer global and local opportunities that facilitate group and in-person collaboration. Join us!