Civic Cloud

CCTV Center for Media & Democracy

Date Awarded
12/02/13
Amount
$35,000
Grant Period
12/02/13 to 06/30/14
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Initiative
Knight Prototype Fund

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  • Burlington, VT

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To create a prototype rollout and governance model for the Civic Cloud Project, a cloud computing infrastructure utilizing Burlington, Vermont's public gigabit network for non-commercial Internet applications.

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.

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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Project Team

Bradley Holt

Project Director Bradley Holt is a Code for America Brigade Captain with Code for BTV, Co-Founder and Technical Director at Found Line, and Board Chair at Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM). All three of these organizations are members of the Civic Cloud Collaborative. Bradley is also a member of the Burlington Mayor’s BTV Ignite Advisory Committee. BTV Ignite is a partnership between US Ignite and the City of Burlington that aims to use Burlington’s gigabit infrastructure as a tool, testbed, and accelerator for economic, educational and community benefit.

Additional project team members include Jason Pelletier (Code for America Brigade Captain with Code for BTV, Co-Founder and Technical Director at Found Line), Lauren-Glenn Davitian (Executive Director of CCTV), Andrew Crawford (Technical Director at CCTV), Jessica Bright (Network Engineer at CCTV), James Lockridge (Executive Director of Big Heavy World), Brian Dewey (Engineer and System Administrator at Big Heavy World), Justin England (Vice President of Laboratory B), Ben Symonds (Member of Laboratory B), Scott Campitelli (Executive Director of RETN) and Seth Mobley (Executive Director of VCAM).

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