A Ugandan Health App Created By and For Ugandans

A Ugandan Health App Created By and For Ugandans

Sep 17, 2014

By Tamara Straus Growing up in a rural town in Kyankwanzi District, Uganda, Moses Rurangwa witnessed an epidemic of preventable blindness. In his community many people become blind or near blind from trachoma, an infectious disease that affects places with poor sanitation, crowded living conditions, and not enough water and toilets. Trachoma forces the eyelid to […]

Big Ideas Turns Nine

Big Ideas Turns Nine

Sep 2, 2014

By Jenna Hahn In 2006, Big Ideas @ Berkeley was launched to support multidisciplinary teams of UC Berkeley students interested in big challenges such as clean energy, safe drinking water, and poverty alleviation. Nine years later, the yearlong student innovation contest has become a model for on-campus collaboration and action—and has expanded to 16 universities […]

USAID and Big Ideas@Berkeley Launch Essay Competition on Blind Spots in International Development

USAID and Big Ideas@Berkeley Launch Essay Competition on Blind Spots in International Development

Sep 2, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Development Lab (the Lab) and UC Berkeley are teaming up to launch an essay contest as a part of the Big Ideas@Berkeley annual contest. The pilot competition, “Blind Spots in International Development,” seeks to spotlight challenges in global development not widely recognized that are in need of greater […]

What Makes Student Innovation Contests Worthwhile?

What Makes Student Innovation Contests Worthwhile?

Aug 21, 2014

By: Jessica Ernandes Naecker Since University of Texas at Austin held the first business plan competition in 1984, student prize contests spurring social innovation and entrepreneurship have become hugely popular. There are now hundreds of prize contests for undergraduate and graduate students from scores of universities, companies, and nonprofits. A McKinsey & Company report found that […]

“Big Ideas” Contest Goes Open-Source

“Big Ideas” Contest Goes Open-Source

Jul 21, 2014

By: Daniel Lynx Bernard, HESN Technical Writer To encourage students to dream big about solutions to social problems, “Big Ideas@Berkeley” changed the way that campus innovation contests are run. Rather than requiring fully fleshed-out proposals, the Big Ideas competition at University of California, Berkeley invites raw ideas, then provides contestants with assistance to elaborate on […]

Big Ideas@Berkeley 2014: Launching new generations of social innovators

Big Ideas@Berkeley 2014: Launching new generations of social innovators

May 14, 2014

Every year, thousands of students come to Berkeley with vague ambitions to change the world. The annual Big Ideas@Berkeley competition is inspiring some of them to do just that — by launching globally life-changing innovations even before they graduate.

Students Pitch Big Ideas for Social Impact

Students Pitch Big Ideas for Social Impact

May 7, 2014

By Andrea Guzman, 3rd Year Media Studies & Political Science Major After months spent developing their Big Ideas@Berkeley projects, six of the top student teams gathered in Blum Hall to compete in the third annual Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day. Vying for a prize of up to $5,000, the teams shared their visions for […]

Big Ideas Mentors Carry Student Projects Forward

Big Ideas Mentors Carry Student Projects Forward

May 6, 2014

By: Abby Madan, 2nd Year Political Economy Major The end of this year’s BigIdeas@Berkeley contest has arrived, and the 56 finalist teams’ wait for the judges’ results has finally ended. Since the start of the yearlong contest, many students transformed their ideas into promising initiatives through hard work. The Big Ideas contest is designed to […]

Big Ideas@Berkeley 2013-2014 Winners

Big Ideas@Berkeley 2013-2014 Winners

May 2, 2014

The 2013-2014 Big Ideas@Berkeley competition launched in November 2013 when 187 teams representing 600 students from 75 majors submitted pre-proposals. After a preliminary review, 56 teams of finalists were invited to submit full proposals to compete in the final round. Finalists were paired with mentors and given two months to fine-tune their proposals. Congratulations to […]

Finalists Announced for the Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day

Finalists Announced for the Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day

May 1, 2014

In November 2013, nearly 200 student teams representing 600 students applied to the Big Ideas@Berkeley student innovation contest with their creative ideas to improve society.  Throughout the course of this academic year these teams have taken advantage of the numerous resources offered by the Big Ideas contest (information session, writing workshops, judging feedback, advising hours […]