About the Fellowship
The Impact Fellowship is a 2-week gathering over winter break in NYC for computer science students who hope to use their skills to create lasting social change.
Impact Fellows are highly motivated and curious -- they are the kind of people you can talk to for hours, because their excitement and passion are infectious! One of the most important pieces of the fellowship is the time fellows get to spend with one another -- structured, in group conversations and activities, and unstructured, in impromptu coworking sessions and adventures searching for the best dollar pizza.
Impact Fellows have the opportunity to hear from incredible entrepreneurs, researchers, nonprofit leaders, and other experts in the tech for good space!
Below are some of the speakers in the Impact Network:
VP of D&I
Venture for America
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Mozilla Fix The Internet
Chief Program Officer
Fellows will work together in small task-forces and focus on a specific project of their choosing, building as much as they can during the two weeks and optionally continuing after the fellowship ends. The Impact Labs team will connect fellows with professors, activists, entrepreneurs, and engineers who can share their expertise, as well as provide realtime feedback and support.
Lead by Example
At the end of the program, fellows will share their projects with the world! The program will culminate in a pitch "collaboratition" -- each group will pitch their project to a panel of judges and receive feedback from industry experts.
Who can apply?
The Impact Fellowship is designed for relatively new engineers who are passionate about creating a more equitable, sustainable world. It is tailored for college students, but you do not have to be a student to apply!
What is the ‘deliverable’ that fellows are expected to produce?
The deliverable is just a fancy way of saying that fellows will have something tangible, practical, and complete to show for themselves by the end of the program. This could be an academic paper, a Chrome extension, a podcast, a company, or anything the team decides on! It does not have to be a technical product, though fellows will probably wind up writing lots of code in order to design and experiment with their solutions.
How will the Impact Labs team support the fellows?
Our mission at Impact Labs is to enable and empower each fellow to fulfill their potential during the program. Through our network of founders, funders, engineers, scholars, artists, activists, and designers, we can ensure that fellows will connect with the right people they need to talk to. We'll also provide plenty of time for coworking on projects, quick feedback from the Impact Labs team, and, of course, collaboration with the other teams of fellows.
What if fellows require financial assistance?
Living in NYC is expensive, and we don't want that to be a barrier to you attending! If finances would be a barrier to you attending, we will work with you and create a personalized plan that prioritizes your ability to comfortably attend.
What if I can’t commit to the full 2 weeks?
One of the best parts of this program is getting to meet all the other fellows & be continually inspired and empowered by one another, so this program will require a serious commitment on the part of all fellows. Prospective applicants should not apply if they know they will not be available for the full two weeks.
Help! I’m still confused! Where can I ask more questions?
We’ve got you covered! Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond as quickly as we can :)