Meet the 2017 Big Ideas Winners!

Meet the 2017 Big Ideas Winners!

May 9, 2017

This year’s Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Contest launched in September 2017. In November, the Contest received a record number of pre-proposal applications from 326 student teams, representing over 1,000 students across 16 campuses. After a preliminary round and a final review, 44 teams were awarded prizes across nine different categories, with award amounts ranging […]

Big Ideas Team Addresses Maternal Mortality in Uganda

Big Ideas Team Addresses Maternal Mortality in Uganda

May 9, 2017

By Sarah Bernardo Preeclampsia–a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure, swelling, and protein in the mother’s urine–is the second leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Nearly 76,000 women and 500,000 babies die from preeclampsia complications annually; deaths that could be prevented with early detection of the condition. To address this global health crisis, a […]

Top Teams Compete at Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day!

Top Teams Compete at Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day!

Apr 28, 2017

By: Morgan Hillenbrand It was standing room only in Blum Hall Wednesday night as seven teams competed in Berkeley’s 6th Annual Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day. Each year, the Big Ideas competition brings together teams of students from across disciplines to design creative solutions for social impact. This year, 326 teams […]

Big Ideas pitch day: seeding the future
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 […]