Hey UC Students—What’s YOUR Big Idea?

Hey UC Students—What’s YOUR Big Idea?

Sep 5, 2018

Big Ideas Contest Launches with New Video Overviews With the start of the University of California year, comes the start of the Big Ideas student innovation Contest. Big Ideas is not just big in aspiration, it’s big in social and entrepreneurial impact. Since 2006, the Contest—open to undergraduate and graduate students at all 10 UC […]

How WhatsApp and SMS are being used to save the lives of babies in Africa

How WhatsApp and SMS are being used to save the lives of babies in Africa

Aug 21, 2018

To date, 2012 Big Ideas winner Jacaranda Health has provided maternal care to 30,000+ women and delivered 3,000+ babies, transforming childbirth survival rates in Kenya. Most recently they have begun leveraging technologies such SMS to make progress towards improving maternal health of even more low-income mothers and their newborns.

Aiming to be the “Uber” of Fecal Sludge

Aiming to be the “Uber” of Fecal Sludge

Aug 16, 2018

By Lisa Bauer By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas, with 40 percent of this growth occurring in slums. One critical development challenge is the lack of adequate sewer systems–currently, one in every five city dwellers lacks access to adequate sanitation, including toilets. Without proper management of human […]

Berkeley: 150 years and 150 big, world-changing ideas

Berkeley: 150 years and 150 big, world-changing ideas

Jul 18, 2018

To celebrate UC Berkeley’s 150th anniversary, the Blum Center for Developing Economies created an interactive graphic showcasing 150 Big Ideas winners. Big Ideas is the Blum Center’s annual student innovation contest, which since 2006 has provided funding, support, and mentoring to over 6,000 students seeking to have real-world impact in the areas of clean energy, […]

A Technology for Military and Civilian Trauma Care

A Technology for Military and Civilian Trauma Care

Jul 18, 2018

  By Veena Narashiman An injured soldier is rushed to a field hospital and is bleeding out. A surgeon needs to give the soldier meds to speed up her clotting. But too much or too little will kill her. The doctors rely on lab equipment to determine dosage; however, the large machine was never designed […]

Bolt Threads: The Legacy of One Big Idea

Bolt Threads: The Legacy of One Big Idea

Jun 21, 2018

Read the Blum Center Exposure post on past Big Ideas winner Bolt Threads: https://theblumcenter.exposure.co/bolt-threads

Can these Berkeley students make Mexico’s devil fish the next big thing?

Can these Berkeley students make Mexico’s devil fish the next big thing?

May 10, 2018

2018 Big Ideas Contest Winners Mike Mitchell and Sam Bordia, both graduating this month with a master’s degree in international development, have launched an audacious plan to make the invasive, environmentally harmful, diablo fish the world’s next source of affordable protein and create a new market that will pay fishermen and help control the spread […]

Meet the 2018 Big Ideas Award Winners!

Meet the 2018 Big Ideas Award Winners!

May 4, 2018

This year’s Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Contest launched in September 2017. In November, the Contest received over 300 pre-proposal applications, representing over 1,000 students across 11 campuses. After a preliminary round and a final review, 42 teams were awarded prizes across 8 different categories, with award amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Categories Art […]

Top Big Ideas Teams to Present at Grand Prize Pitch Day (April 25th!)

Top Big Ideas Teams to Present at Grand Prize Pitch Day (April 25th!)

Apr 19, 2018

For the past eight months, over 1000 students from eleven universities have worked to transform their visions to improve society into high-impact social ventures. On April 25th, six teams with the most creative and promising innovations from this year’s Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Contest are set to take the stage at the 7th annual […]

Big Ideas Abroad

Big Ideas Abroad

Mar 14, 2018

  In February 2018, Big Ideas Contest Director, Phillip Denny, traveled to Kampala, Uganda to explore opportunities for Big Ideas expansion in Africa, in partnership with Makerere University. Makerere—one of Africa’s leading institutions of higher education—has been a key partner of Big Ideas since 2013. Over the last five years Makerere’s involvement in Big Ideas […]