Big Ideas Team Heads to USAID’s TechCon

Nov 8, 2016

By Sarah Bernardo Grace Nakibaala, Isah Ssevume, and Molly Mbaziira Nannyonjo from Makerere University formed the PedalTap team to prevent the spread of infection at communal handwashing facilities in Uganda. The PedalTap is a free-standing, universally-fitting connection that can be attached to any water tap. Rather than turning the tap on and off using their […]

Calling Global Health Student Innovators and Experts for Big Ideas Contest!

Calling Global Health Student Innovators and Experts for Big Ideas Contest!

Nov 4, 2016

The annual Big Ideas contest seeks both students with health-focused innovations and global health experts to participate in this year’s contest! As one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious social impact contests, Big Ideas provides up to $300,000 directly to students each year for their groundbreaking initiatives across 9 categories. Armed with the training […]

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5 Questions with Māk, 2016 Big Ideas Winners

5 Questions with Māk, 2016 Big Ideas Winners

Oct 13, 2016

By April You UC Berkeley undergraduates Ankita Joshi, Aubrey Larson and Michelle Nie met in a social entrepreneurship class at the Haas School of Business. Connecting over a common passion for economic empowerment as a solution to poverty, they decided to develop a project that would promote financial inclusion within the STEM field. With resources […]

New Autodesk Foundation partnership strengthens impact design-centered problem-solving

New Autodesk Foundation partnership strengthens impact design-centered problem-solving

Oct 5, 2016

By Peter Bittner The UC Berkeley Blum Center for Developing Economies is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with the Autodesk Foundation, which includes launching a new Big Ideas contest category, “Hardware for Good,” and supporting project-based immersive learning experiences within the Development Engineering (DevEng) program. As the Autodesk Foundation’s first-ever academic partner, the […]

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Calling all student innovators — What’s your Big Idea?

Calling all student innovators — What’s your Big Idea?

Sep 6, 2016

The annual Big Ideas Contest launches on September 6th.  As one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious social impact contests, Big Ideas provides up to $300,000 directly to students each year for their groundbreaking initiatives. Armed with the training and seed funding provided by Big Ideas, student teams have gone on to secure over $150 […]

Big Ideas IT Finalists Put Apps to Work for Social Impact

Big Ideas IT Finalists Put Apps to Work for Social Impact

May 5, 2016

By Nicholas Bobadilla In the last round of the 2016 Big Ideas Competition, finalists in the IT category presented their ideas to a panel of judges. The innovative social impact projects consisted of five applications targeting issues that spanned health justice, campus security, special education and mental health. MBA candidate James Bui kicked off the […]

2016 Big Ideas Contest Winners Announced!

May 4, 2016

This year’s Big Ideas contest launched in September 2015. 266 student teams representing more than 750 students across 16 different campuses submitted pre-proposals. After a preliminary round and a final review, 41 teams were awarded prizes across nine different categories, with award amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Below is a summary of this year’s […]