Media Innovation Showcase 2016

Join the Brown Institute as we celebrate a stellar year of media innovation.

The Magic Grants

David and Helen Gurley Brown believed that magic happens through a unique kind of collaboration — when powerful (yet, untold) stories emerge through the creation of groundbreaking technology. It is in this spirit that the institute bearing their name offers “Magic Grants” to support small, interdisciplinary teams of graduate students or postgraduates inventing new ways to inform and entertain. Successful projects might continue as ventures outside the university, and the institute has various ways to help teams on that journey.

The Fellows

The Brown Institute fellowships are designed for students and postgrads who seek to do research that will help us understand the seismic changes in the media landscape. These positions are open to graduate and Ph.D. students and postgraduates affiliated with any school at the University, not just the journalism program.


5:30pm - 8:30pm, September 29, 2016


Packard Electrical Engineering, 350 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305


About the Brown Institute

The David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute is housed jointly at the Stanford University School of Engineering and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. It was established in 2012 with a gift from Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, in memory of her late husband, David Brown, a graduate of both Stanford and Columbia.

Each year the Institute awards a select number of grants that that drive the cutting edge of media technology.

Project funding from Brown usually supports teams of graduate students and postgraduates who are interested in creating or testing an innovative media prototype. The Institute serves as an incubator for digital media technologies and is committed to supporting student projects in this field.


Any event inquiries should be directed to the email below.

Computation + Journalism Symposium

If new media is your passion, consider coming back to Stanford the day after the showcase for the Computation + Journalism Symposium.

C+J Information