Mozilla funds three Chattanooga gigabit-education projects

Mozilla funds three Chattanooga gigabit-education projects

April 24th, 2014 by Shelly Bradbury in Business Around the Region

Justin Tirsun, center, Lou Kramer, left, and Seun Erinle participate in the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund kickoff at the Chattanooga Public Library.

Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press.

The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund will give money to three Chattanooga projects that aim to marry education with the city's gigabit-per-second Internet speeds, Mozilla announced today.

The technology company started the fund earlier this year with a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, and is splitting that money between Kansas City and Chattanooga. Mozilla is offering grants between $5,000 and $30,000 to teams that aim to create tangible, local applications for gigabit Internet during 2014.

That projects must focus on either education or workforce development, and a total of eight projects have been funded - five in Kansas City and three in Chattanooga. The Chattanooga projects are: Remote Audio Mixing, Hyperlocal Hyperaudio and Viditor.

Remote Audio Mixing will create a collaborative, cloud-based music education application with the Chattanooga Public Library and Barger Academy of Fine Arts.

Hyperlocal Hyperaudio will build curriculum based on mixed content from the Chattanooga Public Library, the Hunter Museum, the Public Education Foundation and the Chattanooga History Center.

Viditor will be a new online video editor that will debut in art and design classes at Baylor School and in the Chattanooga Public Library.

The first round of Mozilla's pilot program will last 12 weeks, from April 28 to July 18. A second round of projects will be funded from July 7 to September 26. Teams can apply for the second round of funding after May 12.

For more information, see Friday's Times Free Press.