The Ultimate Innovation Jam: Big Ideas@Berkeley Announces 2014-2015 Contest Winners

The Ultimate Innovation Jam: Big Ideas@Berkeley Announces 2014-2015 Contest Winners

May 7, 2015

By Sybil Lewis Aileen Suzara presents Bahay Kubo: Kitchen Gardens of Living Tradition at the Big Ideas 2015 Grand Prize Pitch Day On May 5, the Blum Center celebrated the eight-month journey that was the 2014-2015 Big Ideas@Berkeley student innovation contest with an awards celebration recognizing 46 winning projects for social change. This year, the […]

2015 Big Ideas Winners Announced!

2015 Big Ideas Winners Announced!

May 6, 2015

The 2014-2015 Big Ideas Contest received a record number of applications from 201 teams representing over 700 students across nine UC campuses and 17 other universities. The teams presented hundreds of innovative ideas to address today’s most pressing issues—from the need for financial literacy among U.S. students facing college debt to the best way to […]

2015 Big Ideas People’s Choice Video Contest Commences

2015 Big Ideas People’s Choice Video Contest Commences

Apr 27, 2015

Public voting has begun for the 2015 Big Ideas People’s Choice Video Contest. Twenty-five innovative, student-led teams are now vying for $2,500 to support their social impact projects. The videos represent the broad scope and diversity of the projects in this year’s Big Ideas contest, covering issues such as clean water, mobile education, food security, […]

Announcing the 2015 Grand Prize Pitch Day Finalists!

Announcing the 2015 Grand Prize Pitch Day Finalists!

Apr 16, 2015

In November 2014, nearly 200 teams representing over 700 students applied to the Big Ideas@Berkeley student innovation contest with their plans and projects to improve society.  On April 28, six of the most inspiring and promising teams will pitch their projects to a panel of distinguished judges with the aim of receiving up to $5,000 […]

Enabling Student Entrepreneurship: NextDrop

Enabling Student Entrepreneurship: NextDrop

Mar 24, 2015

In this series of Q&As, past winners of the BigIdeas@Berkeley social innovation contest describe how they developed their ideas and are implementing them. In 2011, Thejovardhana Kote (MIMS, School of Information, 2011), Emily Kumpel (PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013), Ari Olmos (MPP, 2011), and Anu Sridharan (MS, Civil Systems Engineering, 2011) won in the Scaling […]

Enabling Student Entrepreneurship: Sam Kirschner and Jeremy Fiance’s Free Ventures

Enabling Student Entrepreneurship: Sam Kirschner and Jeremy Fiance’s Free Ventures

Mar 18, 2015

In this series of Q&As, past winners of the BigIdeas@Berkeley social innovation contest describe how they developed their ideas and are implementing them. In 2013, Sam Kirschner (Statistics, 2014) and Jeremy Fiance (Interdisciplinary Studies, 2014) won in the Improving Student Life category for Free Ventures. Free Ventures is a UC Berkeley student group that provides guidance and […]

UC Berkeley Science Shop: Connecting Community to University for Research

UC Berkeley Science Shop: Connecting Community to University for Research

Feb 12, 2015

A Big Ideas@Berkeley winner enables students to do high-impact scholarship and local community organizations to meet their research needs.

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) UC Berkeley students are creating a new tool that could soon make it far easier for children in developing nations to get life-saving vaccines.