Fellowship

July 30-August 2, 2020 · Mendocino, CA

Interact Fellows meet twice annually in Northern California for a fully-sponsored Fellowship Retreat, joining a community of thoughtful technologists from around the world. Enter your email to be notified when applications open.

Interact Fellows meet twice annually in Northern California for a fully-sponsored Fellowship Retreat, joining a community of thoughtful technologists from around the world. Enter your email to be notified when applications open.

What is the Interact Fellowship?

The Interact Fellowship is an opportunity to join a community of mission-driven technologists. Interact Fellows attend two consecutive fully-sponsored summer retreats in Northern California. Beyond these two retreats, Fellows are part of the broader Interact community, composed of hundreds of technologists across the globe.

What happens at the Fellowship Retreat?

We rent out a lodge and spend the weekend hiking, swimming, 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 grown the Interact community, 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 together.

Who applies to Interact?

We aim to bring together individuals from all backgrounds, fields of study, and areas of expertise who think deeply about the role of technology in society. Our community includes engineers, designers, founders, scientists, artists, and more. Interacters aim to balance contemplation and execution, constantly examining and refining the values that motivate their work.

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.

What is the Fellowship Retreat?

The Fellowship Retreat is the centerpiece of the Interact experience, where friendships and collaborations emerge. We accept 50 new Fellows each year and bring them together with the previous year’s 50 fellows for a weekend of introspection and conversation in Northern California. This year, the Fellowship Retreat will take place at The Land from July 30 – August 2, 2020.

How much does the Fellowship Retreat cost?

Nothing! The retreat is financially accessible to all applicants. We subsidize your lodging, meals, and travel to and from the retreat location. We will bus everyone from San Francisco to the retreat on Thursday evening and return to San Francisco on Sunday. We 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 at the time of application, with rare exceptions for 24-year-olds. We look for diverse applicants who are (1) uniquely 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 Interact community?

The Interact community frequently gathers for events like happy hours, dinners, and discussion groups hosted throughout the year. Beyond their first year, all Interacters are also invited to the yearly Community Retreat, which brings together everyone in the Interact community. We’ve also invested in connecting and keeping up with each other virtually — via our newsletter, Facebook group, and internal directory.

What is the Interact Fellowship?

The Interact Fellowship is an opportunity to join a community of mission-driven technologists. Interact Fellows attend two consecutive fully-sponsored summer retreats in Northern California. Beyond these two retreats, Fellows are part of the broader Interact community, composed of hundreds of technologists across the globe.

What is the Fellowship Retreat?

The Fellowship Retreat is the centerpiece of the Interact experience, where friendships and collaborations emerge. We accept 50 new Fellows each year and bring them together with the previous year’s 50 fellows for a weekend of introspection and conversation in Northern California. This year, the Fellowship Retreat will take place at The Land from July 30 – August 2, 2020.

What happens at the Fellowship Retreat?

We rent out a lodge and spend the weekend hiking, swimming, 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?

Nothing! The retreat is financially accessible to all applicants. We subsidize your lodging, meals, and travel to and from the retreat location. We will bus everyone from San Francisco to the retreat on Thursday evening and return to San Francisco on Sunday. We 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 grown the Interact community, 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 together.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying to Interact?

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

Who applies to Interact?

We aim to bring together individuals from all backgrounds, fields of study, and areas of expertise who think deeply about the role of technology in society. Our community includes engineers, designers, founders, scientists, artists, and more. Interacters aim to balance contemplation and execution, constantly examining and refining the values that motivate their work.

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

The Interact community frequently gathers for events like happy hours, dinners, and discussion groups hosted throughout the year. Beyond their first year, all Interacters are also invited to the yearly Community Retreat, which brings together everyone in the Interact community. We’ve also invested in connecting and keeping up with each other virtually — via our newsletter, Facebook group, and internal directory.

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.