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TOOLKIT: 2013-14 Big Ideas Mentorship and Full Proposal Kickoff

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Jessica Ernandes

on 26 August 2014

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Transcript of TOOLKIT: 2013-14 Big Ideas Mentorship and Full Proposal Kickoff

What is Big Ideas?
Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students who have “big ideas.”

1. Creative Expression for Social Justice

2. Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives

3. Financial Capability

4. Global Poverty Alleviation

5. Improving Student Life

6. Information Technology for Society

7. Open Data

8. Promoting Human Rights

9. Scaling Up Big Ideas (to support further progress on an idea that won an award in previous years)
Contest Categories
What Have Past Winners Done?
Engineered water purification systems

Assisted with diagnosing malaria in remote villages using cell phones

Created opportunities for students to participate in meaningful service activities on their college campuses
Pre-Proposal Stage
Pre-Proposal Deadline
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5PM (PST)
Full Proposals Due
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Mentorship Stage
Full Proposal Stage
Finalists notified
in early December
Finalists paired with mentors
Mentorship Roles
Full Proposal Elements
What are the Judges Looking For?
Project Description
Needs Statement
1-year Timeline
Team Bios
Preliminary 1-year Budget
Project viability: 40%
Research and market familiarity: 15%
Contact Information
Jessica Naecker,
Jenna Hahn, and Phillip Denny

People's Choice Video Contest Opens
April 18, 2014
Notification of Awards
May 1, 2014
Extent to which the project addresses a pressing social problem: 15%
Preliminary budget: 10%
Big Ideas@Berkeley
Mentorship and Full Proposal Round Kickoff

Full Proposal Editing Blitz
March 10, 2014
B100 Blum Hall
IT For Society
Mandatory Poster Session
April 21st 3-5PM
Atrium of SDH
Grand Prize Pitch Day
May5, 2014
1-2 hours per week of communicating with team, reviewing proposal drafts, reviewing judges feedback until March 11, 2014.
Do: help teams make connections, provide critical feedback on project ideas, review judges' feedback, help teams think about additional funding sources, etc.
Review Mentor Handbook

Jointly fill out mentorship agreement

Discuss on primary areas of concern/areas for improvement

Agree on communication type, style, and appropriate response times
Share and discuss the contest rules, full proposal requirements, and judging criteria with your mentor

Share and discuss your pre-proposal judges' feedback and your pre-proposal draft

Initiate meeting topics and be proactive about getting your mentor's feedback in areas that are most important to you.
Maintain strict
Impact Evaluation
Impact evaluation: 10%
Innovation and creativity: 5%
Overall merit: 5%
Full Proposal Writing Workshop
February 11, 2014
6:30-7:30 PM
B100 Blum Hall
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