Fellowship

July 25-28, 2019  ·  Mendocino, CA

The Interact Fellowship is a one-year program for technologists of all stripes. Interact Fellows meet twice annually in Northern California for a fully-sponsored Fellowship Retreat, the foundational experience for the Fellowship. After graduating from the program, Fellows join the larger Interact community.

Applications open Jan. 1, 2020

The Interact Fellowship is a one-year program for technologists of all stripes. Interact Fellows meet twice annually in Northern California for a fully-sponsored Fellowship Retreat, the foundational experience for the Fellowship. After graduating from the program, Fellows join the larger Interact community.

Applications open Jan. 1, 2020

What is the Interact Fellowship?

The Interact Fellowship is a one-year program for mission-driven technologists. Interact Fellows come together annually in Northern California for a fully-sponsored Fellowship Retreat; upon graduating from the program, Fellows join the broader Interact community, composed of hundreds of technologists doing work across the globe.

What happens at the Fellowship Retreat?

The Fellowship Retreat brings 50 new and 50 returning Interact Fellows together for three days in Northern California. We rent out a lodge and spend the weekend hiking, kayaking, and conversing. Meals are eaten together, 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.

What is the history of the Fellowship Retreat?

Interact was founded in 2012 as a social experiment. We brought together 100 young technologists from around the globe at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX, where the crew crashed on couches, shared perspectives, and built friendships. Since 2012, we’ve continued to grow the Interact community through a fellowship model, meeting annually for the Fellowship Retreat. Between retreats, we frequently meet up in various cities and introduced the Community Retreat in 2016 to bring the broader Interact community back together. Over the years, we’ve seen our community members build friendships, co-found ventures, and support one another in achieving our missions. As the community has grown, one thing has stayed constant: our earnest commitment to making our world better.

Who applies to Interact?

Interact aims to bring together Fellows from all backgrounds, fields of study, and areas of expertise who share an interest in technology and an enthusiasm for making an intentional impact. We gather from around the world as artists, students, founders, designers, engineers, researchers, and more.

What is the Fellowship Retreat?

Interact’s annual Fellowship Retreat is the foundational experience for the Interact Fellowship. We accept 50 new Fellows each year and bring them together in Northern California for a weekend of introspection and conversation. The next Fellowship Retreat will take place at The Land from July 30-August 1, 2020.

How much does the Fellowship Retreat cost?

It is important to us that the retreat is financially accessible to all applicants. We fully subsidize your lodging and meals, and we bus everyone from San Francisco to the retreat location on Thursday evening and return to San Francisco on Sunday. We also provide significant travel refunds for those traveling to San Francisco from outside the Bay Area.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to Interact?

The only requirement is that Fellowship applicants are between the ages of 18 and 23 – with rare exceptions for 24-year-olds. We look for diverse applicants who are (1) peculiarly insightful, (2) open-minded conversationalists, and (3) self-starters who have a track record of taking risks.

What is it like to be a part of the larger Interact community?

Being in “Interact” is much like being a Fellow. Community members come to the annual Community Retreat, bringing together all Fellowship alumni in the broader Interact community. Between retreats, the community gathers for frequent events such as happy hours, dinners, and discussion groups hosted throughout the year. As we grow (and age!), we’ve also invested in connecting and keeping up with each other virtually - via our newsletter, Facebook group, and internal Member Portal.

Who are Interact’s partners?

Interact partners with some of the world’s leading venture capitalists and financial institutions, who lend their voices to our conversations and support our community with their advice and experience.

What is the Interact Fellowship?

The Interact Fellowship is a one-year program for mission-driven technologists. Interact Fellows come together annually in Northern California for a fully-sponsored Fellowship Retreat; upon graduating from the program, Fellows join the broader Interact community, composed of hundreds of technologists doing work across the globe.

What is the Fellowship Retreat?

Interact’s annual Fellowship Retreat is the foundational experience for the Interact Fellowship. We accept 50 new Fellows each year and bring them together in Northern California for a weekend of introspection and conversation. The next Fellowship Retreat will take place at The Land from July 30-August 1, 2020.

What happens at the Fellowship Retreat?

The Fellowship Retreat brings 50 new and 50 returning Interact Fellows together for three days in Northern California. We rent out a lodge and spend the weekend hiking, kayaking, and conversing. Meals are eaten together, 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?

It is important to us that the retreat is financially accessible to all applicants. We fully subsidize your lodging and meals, and we bus everyone from San Francisco to the retreat location on Thursday evening and return to San Francisco on Sunday. We also provide significant travel refunds for those traveling to San Francisco from outside the Bay Area.

What is the history of the Fellowship Retreat?

Interact was founded in 2012 as a social experiment. We brought together 100 young technologists from around the globe at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX, where the crew crashed on couches, shared perspectives, and built friendships. Since 2012, we’ve continued to grow the Interact community through a fellowship model, meeting annually for the Fellowship Retreat. Between retreats, we frequently meet up in various cities and introduced the Community Retreat in 2016 to bring the broader Interact community back together. Over the years, we’ve seen our community members build friendships, co-found ventures, and support one another in achieving our missions. As the community has grown, one thing has stayed constant: our earnest commitment to making our world better.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to Interact?

The only requirement is that Fellowship applicants are between the ages of 18 and 23 – with rare exceptions for 24-year-olds. We look for diverse applicants who are (1) peculiarly insightful, (2) open-minded conversationalists, and (3) self-starters who have a track record of taking risks.

Who applies to Interact?

Interact aims to bring together Fellows from all backgrounds, fields of study, and areas of expertise who share an interest in technology and an enthusiasm for making an intentional impact. We gather from around the world as artists, students, founders, designers, engineers, researchers, and more.

What is it like to be a part of the larger Interact community?

Being in “Interact” is much like being a Fellow. Community members come to the annual Community Retreat, bringing together all Fellowship alumni in the broader Interact community. Between retreats, the community gathers for frequent events such as happy hours, dinners, and discussion groups hosted throughout the year. As we grow (and age!), we’ve also invested in connecting and keeping up with each other virtually - via our newsletter, Facebook group, and internal Member Portal.

Who are Interact’s partners?

Interact partners with some of the world’s leading venture capitalists and financial institutions, who lend their voices to our conversations and support our community with their advice and experience.