Member Spotlight: Lindsey Frost

Society of Work is home to several remote workers, including a talented group from Mozilla. We listened to Lindsey Frost tell us about the work she does with Mozilla and we’re excited to share her story with you this month.

Three years ago, Lindsey was working on STEM education outreach programs at UTC’s SimCenter. Meanwhile, Bill Brock had just received funding from Mozilla to work on a project utilizing Chattanooga’s gigabit internet speeds to connect people in a lifelike way across distances. Lindsey told us, “He needed to find a use case for the technology and thought education might be the ticket.” So, he asked Lindsey to get involved. “Thank goodness, I said yes.”

Together, Lindsey, Bill and James McNutt immersed themselves in this project. They explored how Chattanooga’s gig could make learning more engaging. Their work resulted in the launch of DEV DEV: <summer of code/> camp. DEV DEV gave Chattanooga students the opportunity to learn about robotics, HTML, CSS, and other captivating tech-related topics. Lindsey told us, “Perhaps even more important though, the camp helped to ignite a larger community conversation about digital literacy and access. Today, DEV DEV lives on under the brilliant guidance of Geoff Millener and the Public Education Foundation and is now just one part of a vibrant landscape of digital inclusion and education initiatives spanning Chattanooga.”

Through her work with DEV DEV, Lindsey began to understand the importance of digital literacy and equity. She was soon after given the opportunity to explore the issue as a career with Mozilla. In February 2014, Lindsey and the Mozilla team launched Hive Chattanooga, “a network of educators, technologists, and other community stakeholders all working together to advance the promise of the web for learning.” Through this project, educators and technologists in Chattanooga have had the opportunity to work together and explore the impact of gigabit speeds on learning, innovating, and advancing digital literacy skills. Lindsey told us, “The balance of bleeding-edge and basics is critical: Chattanooga’s fast internet is useless if Chattanoogans aren’t equipped with the skills they need to read, write, and participate fully online.”

Lindsey works across Chattanooga, Kansas City, and Austin with a home base at Society of Work. She told us how grateful she was to be surrounded by the best and brightest in our city, especially organizations like The Enterprise Center and Tech Goes Home, who are exploring digital literacy skills and the potential of a gig-fueled future.

“Being grounded with these organizations and with brilliant leaders from Carbon Five, The Company Lab, and so many others has opened up new possibilities for Mozilla’s work in Chattanooga and beyond and has — on a more personal level — provided countless sounding boards, thought partners, and coffee dates.”
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