Transforming Maternal Healthcare in Kenyan Slums

Transforming Maternal Healthcare in Kenyan Slums

Jan 4, 2016

By Sybil Lewis In 2011, Nick Pearson was working for Acumen Fund seeking to invest in businesses serving low-income populations in Kenya, when he felt compelled to start a social enterprise for improving maternal and infant health care. Pearson’s decision was influenced by his wife, Megan Huchko, an obstetrician on the UCSF faculty who had […]

The Somo Project: Learning Lessons in Kibera

Dec 21, 2015

Blum Center News In the summer of 2012, UC Berkeley undergraduate Amelia Hopkins Phillips traveled to the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya to teach at a grade school. Over the next three years, the Development Studies student found herself yearning to return to the informal settlement, where 250,000 residents live in less than one square […]

Countdown to Big Ideas Deadline

Countdown to Big Ideas Deadline

Nov 4, 2015

Blum Center News Time is ticking for University of California students to submit their world-changing concepts to Big Ideas@Berkeley, one of the nation’s oldest and most international student innovation competitions. Three page pre-proposals for the competition, which awards up to $300,000 in prizes, are due November 12 at 12pm PST. Contest categories include Art & […]

Turning Feces to Fuel in Kenya

Oct 28, 2015

By Sybil Lewis Sanitation and the removal of human waste are among the biggest environmental health issues of our time. According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization, 70 percent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa lacks access to adequate sanitation—and in Kenya, sanitation coverage is available to only 41 percent of the country, largely […]

Teachers as Agents of Conflict Resolution in Chile: Big Ideas Winners Kuy Kuitin

Oct 21, 2015

By Nicholas Bobadilla In May 2015, Cristobal Madero, a Chilean native and PhD student in UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, invited 14 of Chile’s most elite high schools to participate in a novel educational experiment. The motivation for the experiment was simple: to mitigate tensions between Chilean citizens and the Mapuche, a group indigenous to […]

Picture this: An app for blind photographers

Picture this: An app for blind photographers

Oct 1, 2015

Big Ideas winner and UC Santa Cruz graduate student Dustin Adams, who works in UC Santa Cruz’s Interactive Systems for Individuals with Special Needs lab, designed tool to recognize and describe photos.

Big Ideas Winners Aim to Digitally Track Vaccinations in Rural India

Big Ideas Winners Aim to Digitally Track Vaccinations in Rural India

Sep 24, 2015

 By Sybil Lewis Despite India’s robust government immunization program—which provides 11 different vaccinations free of cost—immunization rates remain low, particularly among poor populations. According to a 2015 University of Michigan study, only 57 percent of children younger than three in India are fully vaccinated. A nationwide survey conducted by UNICEF in 2009 found that many […]

Calling All Changemakers: Big Ideas Turns 10

Calling All Changemakers: Big Ideas Turns 10

Sep 4, 2015

When the Big Ideas student innovation contest launched 10 years ago, it was a novel concept: give teams of students with potential breakthrough ideas small sums of money and a variety of supports and see what happens. Over the past decade, a lot has happened. Big Ideas has gone on to seed scores of high […]

Big Ideas@Berkeley Winners Visualize an End to Cervical Cancer

Big Ideas@Berkeley Winners Visualize an End to Cervical Cancer

Sep 3, 2015

By Carlo David Prompted by funding and recognition from the Big Ideas@Berkeley contest, a group of Cal students headed by Mechanical Engineering graduate student Julia Kramer is seeking to establish a sustainable training program called “Visualize” for midwives in Ghana. In a country where only five percent of women have been screened for cervical cancer, […]

The Berkeley Difference: Katya Cherukumilli’s Path to Problem Solving