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What is “Information Technology for Society”?

Technology can be a powerful tool that can be harnessed to efficiently and effectively provide resources to those who need them. In recent years, the technology boom has provided ways to help communities plagued by unemployment, deliver life-saving and life-improving services to communities in previously out of reach areas, and enable all children to benefit from high-quality instruction and instructional materials. As technology spreads globally, the opportunity to use technology as a mechanism to solve pressing social problems grows.

The Challenge

The challenge for this category is to describe an innovation project that would demonstrate the capacity of IT to help address a major societal challenge. 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.

Category Specific Rules

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

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz

  • 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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