Before You come to Camp
Are you crazy?
Okay, most of you probably can’t take the entire month of June to come and work at ITP. If you come four times in the month it is about the same time commitment and less expensive than going to a conference or taking a college class. If you can dedicate two days a week you could really begin to acquire some skills in addition to developing ideas. And you can come after work and weekends to use the facilities.
On the other hand if you can camp out here you could really get something done.
Do I need to take off work to come to ITP Camp?
ITP is geared toward busy professionals (as well as moms and dads) who are excited to learn, engage, and play. The schedules are created by and geared toward our campers’ needs. You don’t need to take a week off or a month off to have a great experience. Camp is flexible in that sense, but we do encourage you to spend as much time here as you can.
What are the hours?
The ITP floor will be open M-F: 9am-10pm Weekends:10am-10pm . Sessions can be scheduled directly by the participants for anytime in these hours that is convenient but we expect for things to gravitate towards evenings and weekends.
What did camp schedules in the past look like?
Sessions are tailored to you guys, your schedules, and your interests. We attempt to schedule most sessions in the evenings and on the weekends, so participants are able to attend as many as possible and not miss work. Camp is different every year, but to get an idea, you can see previous calendars here:
What is ITP?
That is a tough one. We’ve eluded definition for three decades, and it’s been to our advantage. We change as the world is changing and maybe a little ahead of the curve. During the school year ITP is a two year graduate program in the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where students from both artistic fields and technological ones explore innovative possibilities. On our web site we say we are a Center for the Recently Possible. This is what our alums say
Why should I send my workers to camp?
To find out what’s happening on the leading edge of technology; to give them a boost of creative energy; to augment their skills; to re-energize your business. While it’s very generous of you to pay their way, they will repay you when they come back with new skills and innovative thinking that will redound to your business. Also you don’t want them getting into mischief this summer like looking for another job.
Can I send my brilliant child/teenager to camp?
No. While we love brilliant young minds, ITP Camp is for grown ups and we mean that in the technical way, not in the “this 14 year old is more mature than most 40 year olds” kinda way. There’s lots of summer camps for young folks but not many for adults. That’s what we’re trying to explore.
I’m at ITP student. Can I come to camp?
Yes. Prospective & current students, students just accepted, and recent grads can come to ITP camp.
Does everyone who applies to camp get accepted?
No. We have an application process for the following reasons:
1. This gives us an opportunity to confirm that the expectations of the campers match what camp can actually provide.
2. Camp is a highly participatory experience and its success is dependant on what campers bring to the table and their willingness to share, collaborate, and think big.
3. As with any program or event it is important to manage the size so that everyone who participates has an optimal experience!
Why would I come to an event that’s not totally planned?
We want it to be half-baked, so you can help bake the other half. Most creative people don’t fit into, and don’t want to fit into, fixed forms. This camp can conform to you. Ask someone who has been to an unconference, it is more like conversations than lectures. We believe you learn more by doing than by being told. Our structure is agile; it makes it easier to adapt and follow unexpected things that turn up. The schedule will build over the next month. If you decide it’s not for you, you can get a full refund before camp starts.
Why is each session titled “Time Away From My Family?”
If it looks that way to you, bring the kids. As long as you and other people can concentrate, that’ cool. They can make stuff too. There is already something planned for kids but this is your camp. Plan some more.
When are counselors available?
The counselor help station is open everyday 10am-10pm.
Does it pay to lead sessions?
Most sessions are run for the mutual benefit of the participants. If you have expertise or a skill that a lot of campers need, we will pay you to help them. Paid sessions are based on enrollment and at the discretion of the camp management.
What is the difference between suggesting a sessions and adding one on in the schedule?
Any camper can organize a session by using the “Add Session” links on the schedule. If you need help finding someone else to run the session or want to ask to get paid for it, you need to suggest it.
Do I have to lead a session if I come to camp? I don't know anything about coding...
You don't HAVE to, but we really WANT you to. Everyone who comes to Camp is an expert in their own right at something. We really wanna see sessions on things beside programming, so show us your yoga skillz, knot tying, juggling, motion graphics, or anything else you have experience with.
Will all presenters need to join the camp?
No. Some presenters will come in just for their sessions.
Do you provide housing?
You should check Craigslist for June Sublets , the Listings Project, and airbnb. Housing through NYU is also available. If you are interested in staying at NYU Dorms, check out this set of instructions .
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