2016-2017 Big Ideas Categories

icons_0012_creativeexpression_50Art & Social Change: Create an Innovative arts project that meaningfully engages with issues of advocacy, justice, and community-building.

icons_0010_cleanenergy_50Energy & Resource Alternatives: Encourage the adoption of energy and resource alternatives that are sustainable and have the potential for broad impact.


Financial Inclusion: Propose novel products, services, tools or mechanisms that address unmet needs of the financially underserved, or help extend existing services.


Food Systems: Encourage the development of innovative solutions that address challenges and lead to improvements in the global food systems.

icons_0013_globalhealth_50_REDGlobal Health: Develop an action-oriented interdisciplinary project that would alleviate a global health concern among low-resource communities.

icon_H4GHardware for Good: Describe plans to develop an innovative hardware technology, or design a technology-led solution that uses an existing hardware/product in a novel way.


Improving Student Life: Develop an initiative to improve the Cal student experience, or that encourages students to engage and improve the surrounding community.

icons_0015_itforsociety_50Information Technology for Society: Describe an innovative project that would demonstrate the capacity of IT to address a major societal issue.


Scaling Up Big Ideas: This category is for previous Big Ideas winners (only) who have advanced their projects, and are looking to take their project to the next level.