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.

“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 […]