Mozilla picks Austin for gigabit grant

Mozilla picks Austin for gigabit grant

This August, Austin, Texas, will get a $150,000 funding infusion for projects and tools that take advantage of the city’s Google Fiber network.

The grant from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund is intended to “spark the creation of groundbreaking, gigabit-enabled educational technologies” to boost participation in the internet-enabled economy by people of all ages and backgrounds, Mozilla said.

It will also be used to create Gigabit Hive Austin, a network of people, technologists, schools, non-profits, museums and local organizations that create learning opportunities outside the classroom, design innovative practices and tools and contribute to an active community of practice.

Mozilla has already provided funding to Chattanooga, Tenn., and Kansas City, Mo. Its support has yielded 17 gigabit applications and projects such as real-time water monitoring systems, 3D learning tools in classrooms and virtual reality training for first responders. This spring, it provided $134,000 in new gigabit funding to these communities to support projects in robotics, big data and the Internet of Things.

According to Mozilla, it will accept applications for Austin-based projects through Oct. 18.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site. She's also held a communications assistant position with the University of Maryland Office of the Comptroller, and has reported for the American Journalism Review, Capitol File Magazine and DC Magazine.

Ziadeh is a graduate of the University of Maryland where her emphasis was multimedia journalism and French studies.

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