Contrary HQ · Mar 23, 2020

The past ten days have been an unprecedented and trying experience for so many of us.

But while it may seem like there are only downsides to what feels like a new normal, for many of us, there’s also an unexpected upside: an abundance of the most valuable thing of all — time.

Because most universities have closed nationwide (or shifted online), there are thousands of bright minds at home who — for the first time in a long time — have unstructured time to experiment and tinker.

And this is where the magic happens. Facebook and Microsoft were hatched during Reading Period at Harvard. We expect this time to be no different.

That’s why we’re launching Home(work), a virtual community for the brightest technologists, designers, and product minds to collaborate on projects remotely.

It’s our way of paying it forward and supporting our university community in the way we know best.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Anyone who’s a current student working on a project — or interested in working on one — can apply here to be one of the 100 people to join the community.

  2. Based on your preferences (seeking teammates, looking to start a new project, etc.) you’ll be introduced to like-minded individuals and take part in virtual events with the broader community.

  3. Once a part of Home(work), we’ll use Contrary’s network and resources to help you scale your project.

  4. On top of all of this, we’re bringing in world-class product, engineering, and design experts to give guidance and perspective, including Steve Huffman (co-founder of Reddit), founders from DoorDash, and others.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the community, apply here.

We’re excited to see how this experiment unfolds.

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