What is the Fellowship Retreat?
Interact’s annual Fellowship Retreat – what we’ve called “Interact” historically – is a formal two year fellowship for technologists ages 18–23. We accept 50 new fellows each year, and bring them together in Tahoe with the 50 returning fellows. After two years, fellows graduate into the larger Interact community. This year, the retreat took place in Lake Tahoe from June 1-4, 2017.
What happens at the Fellowship Retreat?
The Fellowship Retreat brings 50 new and 50 returning Interact Fellows together for three days in Lake Tahoe. We rent out a lodge and spend the weekend hiking, kayaking, and conversing. Meals are eaten together with our venture partners, but most of your time is your own. We’ll prepare you with an itinerary ahead of the Retreat itself - it's a truly magical weekend.
How much does the Fellowship Retreat cost?
Nothing! We subsidize your lodging, meals, and travel to and from Lake Tahoe. We will bus everyone from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe on Thursday evening and return to San Francisco on Sunday. We provide up to $200 in travel refunds for those traveling to San Francisco from outside the Bay Area.
What is the history of the Fellowship Retreat?
The Interact Fellowship was founded in 2012, bringing together our first group of 100 technologists. After tremendous reception, what started as a social experiment evolved into the Interact community of today. 2018 is our sixth year of Interact, and the group keeps getting better.
What are the eligibility requirements for applying to Interact?
You just need to be between the ages of 18 and 23 as of 2018 – other than that, we accept fellows from all backgrounds and industries who have an interest in technology.
Who applies to Interact?
Interact aims to bring together fellows from diverse backgrounds and industries, from music to education to energy. They join from around the world as students, artists, startup founders, designers, software developers, engineers, AI researchers, nutritionists, and more.
What is it like to be a part of the larger Interact community?
Being in “Interact” is much like being a Fellow: our community attends frequent events and come together at our annual Interact Retreat. Only the Fellowship Retreat itself is excluded to the rest of Interact. As we grow (and age!), we’ve invested in connecting with and keeping tabs on each other - via our newsletter, Facebook pages, Slack channel, and internal forum.
Who are Interact’s partners?
Interact partners with some of the world’s leading venture capitalists, who lend their voices to our conversations and support our community with their advice and experience.