Launched in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Ignite, the fund promises to help transform Chattanooga and Kansas City into “living laboratories” for experimentation and development of public benefit uses for gigabit technologies.
As mentioned in a post on the Mozilla Blog, the company plans to establish Hive Learning Communities in Chattanooga and Kansas City, similar to its Hive Learning Networks in NYC, Chicago, Toronto and Pittsburgh, where organizations collaborate around shared goals in digital learning and making, and economic opportunities.
As planned by the company, two, 12-week pilot periods will run in each city under which up to 10 projects will receive awards between $5,000 and $30,000.
“Gigabit networks have the potential to change how we live, work, learn and interact on the web, much like the switch from dial-up to broadband did,” says Mark Surman, executive director of Mozilla. “The educators, developers, students and other inventive thinkers in these leading gigabit economies have a unique opportunity to help shape the web of the future, in ways that can help us all know more, do more and do better.”