Since 2011, Mozilla has partnered with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite to demonstrate the value of gigabit networks for learning and to help seed demand for further high-speed network investment.

In early 2014, the Hive Chattanooga and Hive KC Learning Communities were launched to activate these leading gigabit cities as living laboratories for gigabit innovation. The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund provides catalytic funding in these Hive communities to support the piloting of gigabit technologies and associated curricula.

Intentionally designed to erase boundaries between educators and technologists, between organizations, and between gigabit cities, Gigabit Community Fund projects show the impact of next-generation networks on learning and engage new leaders as co-creators and beta-testers of gigabit-enabled educational technologies.

2016 Projects | KC

Open Data + 3D Models | PlanIt Impact

PlanIT Impact is putting its big data + 3D modeling technology in the hands of students in Kansas City to advance sustainable design.

Read2Think | Pennez

A live-­time digital assessment tool for measuring a child’s reading fluency. The application utilizes artificial intelligence technology to assess speed, vocabulary, understanding, sight word, pronunciation, and phonics recognition.

SensED IoT Student Innovation Challenge | KC Social Innovation Center

A project­-based STEM program for 7­-12 graders to provide real-­world experiences in the emerging field of the Internet of Things.

Previously Supported Projects

Mozilla funded 17 projects in Kansas City and Chattanooga through the Gigabit Community Fund in 2014. Those projects were carried out by more than 30 partners, and reached thousands of students, educators, and community members.

Students at Northland CAPS work on a project focused on reducing patient re-admissions

Kansas City Gigabit Fund Projects

Hive KC Drive projects

To learn more about projects funded in Chattanooga, visit Hive Chattanooga’s portfolio page.