Applying to the Combine

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 19th, 2017 (5pm EST)

Current faculty and students at any accredited university located in New York City are eligible to apply to program. Students graduating at the time of the application deadline are eligible.


What are we looking for?

  • Applicant teams of 2-4 individuals are expected to focus on products, service offerings or technologies that advance the future of media and communications, either enabling new forms of communication, new systems for the creation, distribution or consumption of media, new methods for understanding, analyzing or evaluating media, etc. 

  • In general, we seek applications around two themes: applications of data science, and augmented and virtual reality. These could include, but are not limited to: applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, video, wireless communications, brain-computer interfaces, social media and more.

  • Content concepts such as transmedia, film, music etc will not be considered unless there is a novel underlying technology; the same scrutiny will be applied to e-commerce platforms, websites or mobile apps primarily built on iOS, Android or other established platforms.

What are the deadlines?

  • Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Online applications are due by 5 PM EST on Sunday, November 19th, 2017.
  • Teams will be notified whether they are invited for an interview by the week of November 27th.
  • All applicants will be notified of the status during the week of December 4th.


Application Process


The Spring 2018 Cohort Application Form Are Open Through November 19th, 2017


It is highly recommended that teams assemble application form responses in a separate document before filling out this form. Upon completion, the lead applicant should receive an email confirming receipt. 

NYC Media Lab is implementing demographic questions in the Combine application to better understand the applicant pool and track trends over time. NYC Media Lab has an interest in diversity and inclusion. While these responses are not required, the data are useful to us in the selection process as we seek to build a diverse and inclusive program.

Application Form

team names
Full Name of Lead Applicant *
Full Name of Lead Applicant
Team Member 2 *
Team Member 2
Team Member 3
Team Member 3
Team Member 4
Team Member 4
Team Member 5
Team Member 5
Please list the institutions represented by the team. All team members must have an affiliation with a university.
Lead Applicant Phone Number *
Lead Applicant Phone Number
Lead Applicant Address *
Lead Applicant Address
Give details on each team member's expertise in 2-3 sentences each.
Will your entire team be present in New York City in the first quarter of 2018? *
Can your entire team attend the launch week (presently scheduled January 11th and 12th, 2018)? *
Can all members of your team commit 15+ hours per week to this program in the first quarter of 2018? *
Full participation is required of selected teams.
200-300 words
200 words or less
About your project
150 words or less
200 words or less
250 words or less
Seriously, did the entire team review the calendar and confirm they can commit to full participation?

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