CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-A full house with only standing room at the launch of the Mozilla Gigabit Fund at Chattanooga Library's 4th Floor.
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is excited about the possibilities the fund can bring to local schools.
"They are putting up 150,000 dollars so that they will go into our education system to help our young people, they will be looking at developing apps that will directly help with their education"
A panel of experts discussed the roles only Chattanooga and Mozilla partner city Kansas City can play in a Gigabit internet world.
Kari Keefe, Community Catalyst Kansas City,"We consider ourselves the Silicon Prairie , in the mid-west, with the mid western infrastructure of technology a huge startup movement, a lot of similar patterns of a burgeoning urban cultural entrepreneurial much like Chattanooga"
I.T and Gigabit internet speeds have taken Rockmart Georgia native Josh McManus and his companies national and now global.
"Chose experience over pay, if you get the opportunity to do something really cool, don't worry too much what you going to get paid to do it, in the long run, it will pay you back ten fold"
Mayor Berke reiterated that Code For America now recognizes Chattanooga as the most successful medium sized I.T city in the country due to Gigabit internet.
Giselle Sperber, Code For America, Chattanooga, "Has so many opportunities for education, for healthcare, looking at high resolution scans really quickly, doctors can be remote from their patients, teachers can be remote from their students"
Jeremia Kimelman, Code For America, Chattanooga,"In San Francisco we are all a little bit nerdy over there, there's a common language, community that we are really trying to kick start here and contribute to"
In the coming months half a dozen lucky companies who contribute the most to Chattanoogan society using high internet speeds will be awarded up to 30,000 dollars by Mozilla.