Livecamp, our accelerator for early stage companies building products at the intersection of live streaming and audience participation, ended in November 2018. Betaworks was joined by AET Fund to invest in each of the companies. Our program partners were Mixer, Grey, and Gunderson Dettmer.
Starting in 2016, Betaworks has run thematically-driven accelerators focused on emerging technologies and interfaces. Themes have included conversational interfaces and chatbots (Botcamp- summer 2016), voice-based applications and services (Voicecamp- spring 2017), and computer vision and augmented reality (Visioncamp- winter 2018).
Tying these themes together is a conviction that, as computing becomes more ubiquitous, the best software will deliver experiences that are more conversational, more ambient, more frictionless, and more context-aware, whether textual, audio or visual.
The rapid adoption of these new modes of input has unlocked new user behaviors--particularly around synchronous experiences--that we are excited to explore. What happens when an audience can affect the outcome of a livestream event? Can new forms of interactive audience participation change the way we watch esports/TV/sports/live events? What happens when entertainment, fitness, shopping, education, and more become both live and interactive?
Betaworks has been building and investing in companies operating in the entertainment and communication space for years. By gathering small groups of hyper-related companies in a concentrated and tailored program, we provide a unique setting to help accelerate both individual companies and the emerging ecosystems around these frontier technologies and emerging user behaviors.
What is Livecamp?
Livecamp is an eleven-week program for a select group of builders that began on September 4, 2018 and concluded November 16, 2018. During that time, participating companies worked with Betaworks and leading thinkers on live streaming and real-time interactivity at scale. The Betaworks team, along with industry partners, worked with the teams on product, platform integration, data science, branding, and fundraising.
- deep tech and tools for creating synthetic media
- detection systems for artificially created or modified media
- consumer applications that enable new modes of entertainment or connection
If you are building in one of these areas, please apply here.