Mozilla Announces Additional $17,000 in Gigabit Funding; Two Teams Heading to US Ignite App Summit

Mozilla’s Hive Chattanooga is excited to announce awarding an additional $17,000 in supplemental funding to projects originally supported during the first two rounds of the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund. Adagio, the Creative Discover Museum and Spartan Systems Inc. partnership, devLearn, Hixson High School, the Public Library’s GigLab and Viditor will receive varying amounts of funding to help sustain and expand their work into 2015.
Two of these project teams, Adagio and Viditor, have also been invited to demo at the US Ignite App Summit this March, a yearly showcase following the GENI Engineering Conference in Arlington, VA. Three Chattanooga innovators – Jonathan Susman, Andrew McPherson and Stuart French – will have the ears and eyes of the country’s leading gigabit pioneers.
Plans for the supplemental funding are as follows:

Adagio's Jonathan Susman at the Mozilla Festival in London in October 2014

Adagio’s Jonathan Susman at the Mozilla Festival in London in October 2014

Adagio will produce a video illustrating some of the potential educational uses of their remote audio mixing tool. Originally piloted in music classrooms, the team is also exploring new applications of the technology in science classes and beyond.
The Creative Discovery Museum and Spartan Systems are using the funding to build out the functionality of Critter Catch, their immersive-learning app for young museum-goers. Teen volunteers are working with Spartan Systems developer James Candan and a team of seniors from UTC to finish the project.
devLearn, the Android learn-to-code app developers Jonathan Williams and Tim Coy first proposed at Hackanooga, is – thanks to development funded in the supplemental round – now available for iOS; download it now (free of charge!) from the Apple Store.
Hixson High School teachers Ashley Patterson and Joyce Perdue have created an after school club for students interested in the Wireless Earth Watchdogs project, as well as learning more about programming for microcontrollers. Students from the original pilot, who designed and built real-time water monitoring devices, are helping with instruction. (The class itself was so popular, Hixson now offers it as an elective – with 26 students enrolled this semester.)
The Public Library’s GigLab will be working with Carbon 5 developer Chris Keathley to help build a more detailed version of the Chattanooga Minecraft world, using the lidar data originally used to print a 3D map of downtown. With a pair of Oculus Rift headsets, patrons will be able to explore, edit and play in this virtual Gig City; the project will also connect with the Kansas City Digital Media Lab, building cross-city interaction through virtual reality.
Viditor received funding to help facilitate their work as a capstone project in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UTC, where a group of students will be helping the Viditor team develop the cloud-based video rendering engine of their editing platform.
About Hive Chattanooga
Mozilla’s Hive Learning Community in Chattanooga champions both digital literacy and innovation through next-generation development and connected learning.
About the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund
A partnership of Mozilla, the National Science Foundation and US Ignite, the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund in Chattanooga and Kansas City supports the development of gigabit applications and associated curricula to explore the impact of next-generation networks on learning.