Mozilla Announces Launch Of Chattanooga Gigabit Community Fund At Kick-Off Event On Feb. 6

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mozilla's Gigabit Community Fund will support local innovators by bringing together educators, technologists, and community leaders to create education and workforce development opportunities fueled by Chattanooga's gig network, at an event on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Chattanooga Public Library, 4th floor, 1001 Broad Street.

Agenda and Speakers:

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.:  City Mayor Andy Berke and County Mayor Jim Coppinger kick off the day. The National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, and US Ignite share a national perspective.  EPB and event partner the Chattanooga Public Library share recent local gigabit developments.

1-2:30 p.m.:  Mozilla highlights and demos some of the 22 prototypes built during the Mozilla Ignite Challenge and presents the opportunities of the Gigabit Community Fund including how to apply for grants. Mozilla's Hive NYC Learning Network discusses the value of a Community of Practice built around shared member goals in digital learning & making. Code for America shares how their Chattanooga Fellows will support a local community of practice in 2014. 

2:30-5:30 p.m.: Attendees participate in break-out sessions to make progress on projects that address improving learning outcomes in K-12, higher education, informal education, workforce development, digital storytelling and making, and digital inclusion and access. 

Mozilla, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite initiative, has created the Gigabit Community Fund in Chattanooga and Kansas City to support the development, experimentation, and deployment of learning experiences and workforce development opportunities enhanced by next-generation networks. The fund will invest in projects that are pragmatic, deployable in the short-term, integrated with local institutions and organizations, have measurable impact on constituents, and are reusable or shareable in some way.  Selected projects will receive up to $30,000 along with ongoing support from Mozilla.

Attendees will be teachers, principals, informal educators, developers, designers, makers, and community leaders  who want to pioneer the use of gigabit Internet to make a real impact on how citizens of all ages learn, create, make, and share by expanding access to the world’s information and opportunities.


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