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Top Teams Compete at Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day!

Top Teams Compete at Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day!

May 2, 2016

By Sarah Bernardo To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Big Ideas competition, a record-shattering 266 applications were received. “The volume, creativity and overall quality of the proposals submitted to the contest this year was amazing — and certainly demonstrates the passion and commitment of students to making the world a better place,” said […]

Announcing the 2016 Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day Finalists!

Announcing the 2016 Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day Finalists!

Apr 20, 2016

The Blum Center for Developing Economies is excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Big Ideas Contest! The Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Contest offers students an opportunity to turn their ideas into action. This year saw the largest number of applications in the contest’s history with over 750 graduate and undergraduate students from […]

Hombres Verdaderos: Training Youth to Confront Domestic Violence

Hombres Verdaderos: Training Youth to Confront Domestic Violence

Mar 2, 2016

By Nicholas Bobadilla 2015 Global Health Big Ideas winner Hombres Verdaderos aims to improve health outcomes by stopping domestic violence before it starts. Set to launch in March, the program will engage young, at-risk adolescent boys, ages 11 to 14 years old, from districts in Barranquilla, Colombia. Co-led by UC Berkeley Master of Public Health […]

KleanCook: Powering Public Health

KleanCook: Powering Public Health

Feb 22, 2016

By Nicholas Bobadilla When it comes to public health, changing behavior sometimes requires coming up with creative incentives. That’s what 2014 Big Ideas Winners Jacqueline Nguyen and Mark Webb had in mind when designing their clean-burning stove, KleanCook, for populations in the developing world. The stove reduces smoke and uses less wood—meaning healthier lungs for its […]

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 […]