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[liberationtech] Apply to the Brown Institute's Media Innovation Basecamp

Tanja Aitamurto tanja.aitamurto at gmail.com
Fri Oct 10 14:34:57 PDT 2014


Dear LibTechers @Stanford&Columbia,
I wanted to share this call for applications to the first Media Innovation
Basecamp we organize at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. One of
our areas of interest is civic technologies (see current and past Magic
Grant projects here <http://brown.stanford.edu/magic>), so this opportunity
might be of interest to you.

**Please distribute to any interested and applicable parties.**


*The Brown Institute for Media Innovation
<http://stanford.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=be77cbbd8082ae8c945b9bfbf&id=c5d72843d5&e=5ab967ba5e>*at
the School of Engineering at Stanford University and the Graduate School
for Journalism at Columbia University invites you to apply for the
inaugural Media Innovation Base Camp on January 16-18, 2015 at Stanford
University. The Base Camp is a great starting point for students who plan
to apply for a 2015/16 *Brown Magic Grant*
<http://stanford.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=be77cbbd8082ae8c945b9bfbf&id=7db7a94875&e=5ab967ba5e>
in March-April 2015.


At Base Camp, you will work in interdisciplinary, bicoastal teams to
develop new ideas and plans for exploratory one-year “Magic Grant” projects
with the potential to bring true innovation in the media world. The typical
Magic Grant project demonstrates the viability of the underlying ideas by
implementing a prototype and/or creating an innovative media product. Brown
Fellows, industry experts, and faculty will be at hand to provide feedback,
guidance, and support.


After two days of teamwork, ad hoc research, and brainstorming, punctuated
by faculty lightning talks, all teams will pitch their proposals to each
other and to a panel of judges.
 *Awards*

A winning team will be selected by a panel of faculty and industry experts
and receive a seed grant of up to $15,000 to develop a full Brown Institute
Magic Grant proposal. Successful Magic Grant proposals can be awarded up to
$300,000 in 2015/16, with potentially larger follow-on funding, if the
project is selected as a flagship project. The panel may pick more than one
winner; winners automatically advance to the Magic Grant finalist round.
Teams with promising proposals will receive an “Honorable Mention,” and
will be encouraged to submit a Magic Grant proposal via the normal 2-stage
review process.
 *Applications & Deadline*

Up to 10 Stanford students and up to 10 Columbia students will be accepted
to Base Camp. The Columbia students’ travel expenses will be covered by the
Brown Institute. Applications are open to all student levels:
undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral. You don’t need to have a
fleshed-out idea about a media innovation to apply -- the Base Camp will
give you space to develop ideas. The application deadline is November 7th
(Columbia) and November 20th (Stanford) and should include the following
items:

   -

   Resume
   -

   Academic transcript
   -

   Short description (maximum 200 words) of your vision for the future of
   media. How will technology transform media? How might business models for
   media evolve? How do you think production and consumption of media will
   change?
   -

   Short description (maximum 200 words) of an idea or area of media
   innovation that intrigues you and that you would like to develop further at
   Base Camp.
   -

   Reasons why you should be invited to attend the Media Innovation Base
   Camp.



If you are a student at Stanford, please submit your application or address
questions to Tanja Aitamurto
<tanjaa at stanford.edu?subject=BROWN%20MEDIA%20INNOVATION%20BASE%20CAMP>.
Stanford applications are due by 9pm PST November 20th.

If you are a student at Columbia, please submit your application or address
questions to Michael Krisch
<mkrisch at columbia.edu?subject=BROWN%20MEDIA%20INNOVATION%20BASE%20CAMP>.
Columbia applications are due by November 7th.
 *About the Brown Institute for Media Innovation*

Established in 2012, the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media
Innovation is a collaboration between Columbia University and Stanford
University, designed to encourage and support new endeavors in media
innovation. At Stanford, the primary focus is on media technology, and the
Institute is anchored in the School of Engineering. At Columbia, the
primary focus is on content, and the Institute is anchored in the Graduate
School of Journalism.
To achieve its goals, the Brown Institute operates as an academic venture
forum. Once per year, we invite the Columbia and Stanford communities to
submit proposals for Magic Grants. We look for ideas that are original and
have the potential to bring true innovation in the media world. Typically,
a Magic Grant supports a small team of graduate students or postgraduates
who are expected to demonstrate the relevance and viability of their ideas
by implementing a prototype or creating an innovative media product.
Successful projects might continue as business ventures outside the
universities.
[image: The Brown Institute for Media Innovation]
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Tanja Aitamurto, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Brown Fellow, postdoctoral
The Brown Institute for Media Innovation <http://brown.stanford.edu/>
Stanford Engineering
www.tanjaaitamurto.com <http://brokenfence.flavors.me/>
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