At Base Camp, you will work in interdisciplinary, bicoastal teams to develop new ideas and plans for media innovation that may result in Magic Grant projects. Brown Fellows, industry experts and faculty will be on hand to provide feedback, support and guidance.
You don't need a concrete idea or team to participate—interest in media innovation is what we're looking for!
Established in 2012, the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute is a collaboration between Columbia University and Stanford University, designed to encourage and support new endeavors in media innovation.
Ideas coming from Base Camp can be submitted to the Brown Institute Magic Grant program. In March of each 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.
Take a look at last year's projects to see the variety of work we fund.