“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 […]

Big Ideas Finalists Reflect On Their Journey As Contest Comes To A Close

Big Ideas Finalists Reflect On Their Journey As Contest Comes To A Close

Apr 3, 2014

By: Abby Madan As the eighth Big Ideas@Berkeley student innovation contest comes to a close, the 56 teams that qualified for the final round are abuzz with activity and anticipation of the upcoming Pitch Day and Awards Ceremony. BigIdeas@Berkeley is community and annual competition that gives students the opportunity to express their passion for social […]

Where Are They Now? Big Ideas Winners’ Innovations Take Off

Where Are They Now? Big Ideas Winners’ Innovations Take Off

Apr 1, 2014

By: Andrea Guzman, 3rd Year Media Studies & Political Science Major April 1, 2014 – Since its founding in 2006, the Big Ideas Contest has supported thousands of student-initiated ideas aimed at finding creative solutions that address important social challenges. For many of these teams, Big Ideas provides not only the initial funding and support […]

The Secret Life of Urban Animals—Why Cal Senior Rebecca Hui Cares and Wants You To

The Secret Life of Urban Animals—Why Cal Senior Rebecca Hui Cares and Wants You To

Mar 26, 2014

Rebecca Hui, a UC Berkeley senior double-majoring in business and urban studies, has traveled around the world researching her unconventional project, “The Secret Life of Urban Animals” (2013 Big Ideas Contest Award Winner) which views urbanization through the eyes of local animals.

Launch Your Big Idea with Big Ideas@Berkeley!

Launch Your Big Idea with Big Ideas@Berkeley!

Sep 3, 2013

Big Ideas Gets Bigger and Better in its Eighth Year on Campus Got an idea that could be the next big thing? The 2013-2014 Big Ideas@Berkeley contest is now underway — offering $300,000 to help you turn your idea into reality. Big Ideas@Berkeley gives students the opportunity to channel their passion for social change into […]