Big Ideas Teams Recognized as “2017 World Changing Ideas” by Fast Company

Big Ideas Teams Recognized as “2017 World Changing Ideas” by Fast Company

Mar 20, 2017

By Sarah Bernardo Fast Company, the world’s leading progressive business media brand, today recognized four teams from the Big Ideas Contest with “2017 World Changing Ideas Awards.” The company’s Co.Exist branch launched the prestigious awards competition in 2016 to recognize ingenuity in social entrepreneurship. A judging panel of 25 prominent entrepreneurs, authors, designers, and venture […]

2016 Big Ideas Winner, PedalTap, Awarded Africa Innovation Challenge
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Big Ideas Abroad: Supporting Student Innovation at Makerere University

Big Ideas Abroad: Supporting Student Innovation at Makerere University

Dec 19, 2016

By Sarah Bernardo Makerere University is Uganda’s largest and one of its oldest post-secondary schools. It was established in Kampala in 1922 as a technical school teaching trades like carpentry and mechanics. The university has expanded over the years to become an institution of higher education, and it began offering post-school certificate courses in 1937. […]

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 […]

5 Questions with Ryan and Hash from SPZ Legal, advisors to social impact enterprises