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 […]

Big Ideas Turns Nine

Big Ideas Turns Nine

Sep 2, 2014

By Jenna Hahn In 2006, Big Ideas @ Berkeley was launched to support multidisciplinary teams of UC Berkeley students interested in big challenges such as clean energy, safe drinking water, and poverty alleviation. Nine years later, the yearlong student innovation contest has become a model for on-campus collaboration and action—and has expanded to 16 universities […]

USAID and Big Ideas@Berkeley Launch Essay Competition on Blind Spots in International Development

USAID and Big Ideas@Berkeley Launch Essay Competition on Blind Spots in International Development

Sep 2, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Development Lab (the Lab) and UC Berkeley are teaming up to launch an essay contest as a part of the Big Ideas@Berkeley annual contest. The pilot competition, “Blind Spots in International Development,” seeks to spotlight challenges in global development not widely recognized that are in need of greater […]

What Makes Student Innovation Contests Worthwhile?

What Makes Student Innovation Contests Worthwhile?

Aug 21, 2014

By: Jessica Ernandes Naecker Since University of Texas at Austin held the first business plan competition in 1984, student prize contests spurring social innovation and entrepreneurship have become hugely popular. There are now hundreds of prize contests for undergraduate and graduate students from scores of universities, companies, and nonprofits. A McKinsey & Company report found that […]

“Big Ideas” Contest Goes Open-Source

“Big Ideas” Contest Goes Open-Source

Jul 21, 2014

By: Daniel Lynx Bernard, HESN Technical Writer To encourage students to dream big about solutions to social problems, “Big Ideas@Berkeley” changed the way that campus innovation contests are run. Rather than requiring fully fleshed-out proposals, the Big Ideas competition at University of California, Berkeley invites raw ideas, then provides contestants with assistance to elaborate on […]

Big Ideas@Berkeley 2014: Launching new generations of social innovators

Big Ideas@Berkeley 2014: Launching new generations of social innovators

May 14, 2014

Every year, thousands of students come to Berkeley with vague ambitions to change the world. The annual Big Ideas@Berkeley competition is inspiring some of them to do just that — by launching globally life-changing innovations even before they graduate.

Students Pitch Big Ideas for Social Impact

Students Pitch Big Ideas for Social Impact

May 7, 2014

By Andrea Guzman, 3rd Year Media Studies & Political Science Major After months spent developing their Big Ideas@Berkeley projects, six of the top student teams gathered in Blum Hall to compete in the third annual Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day. Vying for a prize of up to $5,000, the teams shared their visions for […]

Big Ideas Mentors Carry Student Projects Forward

Big Ideas Mentors Carry Student Projects Forward

May 6, 2014

By: Abby Madan, 2nd Year Political Economy Major The end of this year’s BigIdeas@Berkeley contest has arrived, and the 56 finalist teams’ wait for the judges’ results has finally ended. Since the start of the yearlong contest, many students transformed their ideas into promising initiatives through hard work. The Big Ideas contest is designed to […]