Brooklyn Beta/Summer Camp

It’s a pretty special day for my studiomates Chris and Cameron, forces behind Brooklyn Beta, the friendliest conference I have every attended. With today’s launch of Summer Camp they are moving beyond just being a conference.

Chris and Cameron were inspired by what Y Combinator has done for developers and hope to show some of the same love for designers. Not at the expense of developers, though. Their ideal team has both a designer and a developer working together.

With Summer Camp they aim to help “designer-developer teams” build the next generation of web products and change the world.

With the Brooklyn Beta conference, Chris and Cameron try to help spread big ideas and connect designers and developers together. With Summer Camp, they want to take it a step further and remove what is quite possibly the biggest barrier of all, money.

It’s a 12-week program in the summer leading up to the conference. They invest $25,000 in your company for a 6% stake, and give you a lot more help along the way.

Summer Camp is part of the Brooklyn Beta nonprofit, so any gains made in this year’s investments will go right back into the community and hopefully fund the next round of Summer Campers.

And lucky me, I have the honor to be one of the Summer Camp advisors. At the ready to offer advice and experience. Check out the impressive advisor list:

Here’s what Chris and Cameron are hoping Summer Camp will fund:

“We are hoping to back big ideas looking to make a real impact. Don’t just make something for your peers. Build something that fixes the insanity of modern education. Or helps people weather the upcoming financial crises and rise in unemployment. Or improves the health of people around the world. Or brings neighbors closer together. Or helps people run small businesses. Or strengthens the bonds of families. Or puts existing abusive, mammoth institutions out of business (pretty please).”

Chris and Cameron deserve an internet hug for pulling this off.

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5 Comments leave a comment below

  1. This is AWESOME! So glad to see more initiatives that help catalyze new ventures that help solve real problems, through giving talented people the tools and resources they need to get amazing ideas off the ground, up and running. Kudos to Chris and Cameron on this one, can’t wait to see how everything pans out!

  2. really great.

  3. What a team! World, prepare to be changed.

  4. Thanks to Deroy Peraza….I attended Brooklyn Beta last year – the best conference I’ve been to. I am not a designer or a developer, but I’d love to be on a team and work on an idea I have. I want to help build a “one-stop-shop” online platform to connect changemakers from all walks of life/industries with each other. It would include profiles with a robust search engine and social media info, etc; give people access to the incredible resources I’ve been collecting for 2 years. I envision GOOD magazine style infographics to understand nonprofit and social enterprise business building, etc.Ive been working in the social good space for 5 years now and NOTHING remotely similar exists! If interested please email me at shana@socialinnovatorscollective.org.

  5. This is a great article and very helpful site for the teenagers who want to join any camping programs. These programs are very effective for the teens who are suffering from any emotional and psychological problem/ this site provide details information about Brooklyn Beta camp that their programs.

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