Created by the Mozilla Foundation, the Gigabit Community Fund provides grants and resources for innovators exploring the use of next-generation gigabit technologies to benefit educational organizations.
Made possible by the National Science Foundation and US Ignite, the goal of the fund is to impact learning in and out of the classroom by supporting educators developing projects that use gigabit connectivity.
The $300,000 fund will support projects in Kansas City and Chattanooga. As the leading gigabit economies in the US, these communities are becoming ‘living labs’ for experimentation and development of public benefit uses for these technologies.
The Gigabit Community Fund will support two 12-week pilot periods in both cities. In each pilot period, up to 10 projects will be awarded between $5,000 and $30,000.
So far, 10 Kansas City projects have received grants from the Gigabit Community Fund:
- Gigabots | Big Bang
- 3D Multi-School Learning | aSTEAM Village
- Project Bright Spots | The Lean Lab
- Augmented Reality | Bonner Springs Fire Dept.
- Gigabit Cafe | Reconciliation Services
- PlanIT Impact KC | PlanIT Impact LLC:
- TechHawks | Fitnet
- Students Reduce Patient Readmissions with the Gig | Northland CAPS
- Minecraft+Oculus Rift for Community Development| Kansas City Public Library
- Open Data + 3D Models | PlanIT Impact
- Read2Think | Pennez
- SensED IoT Student Innovation Challenge | KC Social Innovation Center
- CERN+KC Gigabit Challenge | ElevateEDU
- Housing Smart Cities | University of Kansas, School of Architecture, Design & Planning
- Immersive VR for Local and Remote Medical and Anatomical Education | Trinity Animation
- Urban Farming Guys Smart Greenhouse | The Urban Farming Guys
- Virtual Realities in Culture: Explorations of the African Diaspora | V Form Alliance
- The Gigabots Cross City Connected Robotics | Big Bang