Teaching Leadership, Female to Female

Teaching Leadership, Female to Female

Dec 8, 2014

By Andrea Guzman In 2012, fourth year Cal undergrad Vrinda Agarwal landed an internship at Senator Barbara Boxer’s office in Oakland, fielding calls from constituents. She knew that people rarely called to commend state employees on state policies, but she was shocked by the number of people whose complaints stemmed from problems of poverty and […]

Project uses tech to help boost vaccination rates in India

Project uses tech to help boost vaccination rates in India

Dec 3, 2014

(Published by the Berkeley News Center)

“The International Rescue Committee’s  New Roots Program”: 2014 Finding Big Ideas Winning Essay

“The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots Program”: 2014 Finding Big Ideas Winning Essay

Nov 21, 2014

By Jennifer Fei This essay is one of two winning entries to the 2014 Finding Big Ideas Essay Contest. The other winner is Shrey Goel’s essay, “Rendering the Private Public: A Collective Approach to Slum Improvement.” Last year’s winners were Courtney Mullen’s essay “Belenpampa Clinic,” and Narissa Iqbal Allibhai’s “Young Artistic Leaders Rising from the Slum.” The first New […]

“Rendering the Private Public”: 2014 Finding Big Ideas Winning Essay

“Rendering the Private Public”: 2014 Finding Big Ideas Winning Essay

Nov 21, 2014

By Shrey Goel This essay is one of two winning entries to the 2014 Finding Big Ideas Essay Competition. The other winning essay is Jennifer Fei’s essay, “The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots Program: Uncovered Terrain in US Refugee Resettlement.” Last year’s winners were Courtney Mullen’s essay “Belenpampa Clinic,” and Narissa Iqbal Allibhai’s “Young Artistic Leaders Rising from […]

Past Winners Take Their Ideas to the Next Level!

Past Winners Take Their Ideas to the Next Level!

Nov 18, 2014

By: Jenna Hahn; November 18, 2014 On Thursday, November 13 Big Ideas winners launched the first-ever partnerships with the world’s most established crowdfunding platform: Indiegogo. This was created as a new opportunity for past winners to expand their ideas and reach a greater audience. The encouragement Big Ideas staff provides is not meant to end […]

Students’ “Feeding Forward” fights hunger, food waste

Students’ “Feeding Forward” fights hunger, food waste

Nov 12, 2014

(Published by the Berkeley News Center)

A Contest to Catalyze Literacy Via Mobiles Worldwide

A Contest to Catalyze Literacy Via Mobiles Worldwide

Nov 5, 2014

By Andrea Guzman A 2013/2014 UNESCO report found that 250 million children across the globe are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills. Of these, 57 million children—a disproportionate number of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds, live in conflict-afflicted countries, or are disabled or simply girls—aren’t enrolled in school at all. Big Ideas@Berkeley and USAID’s […]

Big Ideas@Berkeley Adds Global Food Systems Category
UC Students to Develop Solutions to Global Food Challenges

UC Students to Develop Solutions to Global Food Challenges

Sep 26, 2014

By Sybil Lewis Inspired by the depth and breadth of activity across the University of California to address challenges in the global food system, Big Ideas@Berkeley, the flagship student innovation contest, has launched a new contest category: Food System Innovations. The category responds to UC President Janet Napolitano’s UC Global Food Initiative—an effort to catalyze all 10 campuses, […]

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 […]