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Apps & Sun: Montauk Camp/Interactive Y.E.S.

August 7, 2014 by

CampInteractive’s young entrepreneurs ruled the tech and beach scenes in Montauk while developing Android apps and pitching to panelists at The Surf Lodge from July 19-26.

PITCH PARTY AT THE SURF LODGE

The Surf Lodge hosted students and panelists every morning with gorgeous views of swans and stand-up paddleboards floating in Fort Pond. After practicing pitches in waterfront cabanas, students presented their apps to panelists like NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education Chief of Staff Cindy Gao; Crowdcentric Co-Founder and CEO Toby Daniels; and digital and social consultant Mike Street.

Panelists who spent the night continued to guide students to implement feedback and create the next iteration of their app.  Students networked with our visitors all day, tallying LinkedIn connections from Google, Crowdcentric, Buzzfeed, Adjacent to One, Operative, Pivotal Labs, The Pinkerton Foundation, KidKlass, The Mozilla Foundation, Bloomberg LLP, Gilt Groupe, and ustwo.

ANDROID APPS THAT GIVE BACK

C/I young entrepreneurs brainstormed ways to help their communities, vetted ideas through market research, wrote business plans, drew wireframes, and developed a user flow through each of their apps, which are now on the Google Play store.  Our high school students developed an understanding of problems affecting underserved areas of New York, including Lisandro Melendez, who explained his motivation to build Safe Voyage in a recent Metro NY article.

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KLSWCH, pictured above, took the top prize of “Best Overall App” with its mission to help teens develop self-control by resisting social media apps.  Safe Voyage aggregates crime data to provide a safer route in dangerous neighborhoods.  Anon Health allows uninsured or embarrassed individuals to anonymously chat with doctors and survivors.  City Help fixes a neighborhood’s ‘broken windows’ by crowd sourcing solutions to small local problems.  Finally, Outer Circle pushes inactive people out of the house by incentivizing their attendance at local unadvertised events.

HANG TEN IN THE AFTERNOON

Surfing, kayaking, hiking, and beach volleyball filled students’ time every afternoon to have fun while building teamwork and leadership skills. CoreysWave generously donated surfing lessons and and Plaza Surf n’ Sports donated kayak rentals.  Volunteers from ICO lead students on hikes and helped students set up their tents for the week.

SEE YOU AT THE NEXT CAMP/INTERACTIVE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT

We are planning the next Camp/Interactive Summit in New York City this fall!  If you would like to participate as a student mentor, panelist, sponsor, or keynote speaker, please contact [email protected] for details.

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