Burlington's ‘Civic Cloud’ Effort Lands $35,000 Grant

  • Civic Cloud Collaborative
  • Knight Foundation
BURLINGTON, VT - The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded a $35,000 Knight Prototype Fund grant to the Civic Cloud Collaborative, a cloud computing infrastructure utilizing Burlington, Vermont's public gigabit network for non-commercial Internet applications. The Civic Cloud combines Burlington’s fiber-optic gigabit network and donated servers to build a public-access Internet platform available to the community for non-commercial Internet applications and digital creative works. The grant will be used to construct a prototype of the Civic Cloud. Knight experiments with digital technology, online community and new grant-making concepts to connect with innovators worldwide.

The Civic Cloud Collaborative is comprised of Big Heavy World, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, Channel 17/Town Meeting Television, Code for BTV (a Code for America Brigade), Found Line, Laboratory B, Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN), and Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

The Civic Cloud will provide tools for innovative community organizers, nonprofits and civic hackers in Burlington, Vermont. The Civic Cloud will build on Burlington’s fiber-optic gigabit network which provides Internet speeds of over 100 times the average national broadband speed.

Civic Cloud to Become a Community Platform
According to the Knight Foundation, the Civic Cloud will be available for the community to use as a platform for public, non-commercial Internet applications and digital creative works. Several applications will be deployed during an initial prototyping phase of the Civic Cloud. High-definition live streaming will be provided for community media outlets to webcast live public meetings and cultural events. WordPress websites will be hosted for several Vermont nonprofits including rescue squads, food shelves, job banks and historical societies. A collection of volunteer-developed applications and a state-of-the-art website deployed to the Civic Cloud will help Big Heavy World preserve and promote Vermont-made music. Lakecraft, an educational multi-user game, aimed at youth and adults that gamifies the Lake Champlain Basin will also be one of the first applications to run on the Civic Cloud.

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