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What is Information Technology for Society?

The goal of this category is to stimulate new thinking on a broad range of social benefits of information technology in areas such as: health, education and life-long learning, democratic governance, response to natural and man-made disasters, transportation, delivery of government services, quality of life for people with disabilities, economic opportunity for low-income communities, arts and culture, and the effectiveness of non-profit organizations.  Teams who submit a proposal to this category should describe an innovation project that would demonstrate the capacity of IT to help address a major societal challenge.

Category Specific Rules

At least one member of the team must be a matriculated undergraduate or graduate student from one of the four CITRIS campuses:

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UC Merced

Multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. For additional information about general contest rules, timing, and how to apply, please refer to the Contest Application Requirements.

In addition to submitting a pre-proposal and full-proposal, if a team is selected as a finalist, at least one member of that team must attend the IT for Society Poster Session in April 2014 (exact date TBD), where judges from this category will have an additional opportunity to evaluate your project idea.

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Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society
CITRIS conducts research on problems that have a major impact on our economy and quality of life: conserving energy; education; saving lives, property, and productivity in the wake of disasters; boosting transportation efficiency; advancing diagnosis and treatment of disease; and expanding business growth through much richer personalized information services. More than 400 faculty members in engineering, science, social science, law, information management, health care, and other disciplines at four UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, Merced) are collaborating with researchers at more than 60 supporting companies on CITRIS research. Many of CITRIS’s most exciting research projects involve collaborations between technologists; experts in a particular applications domain such as health, transportation, design of energy-efficient buildings; and researchers who are interested in the ethical, legal and societal implications of information technology.