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TOOLKIT: 2013-14 Big Ideas Mentorship and Full Proposal Kickoff
Transcript of TOOLKIT: 2013-14 Big Ideas Mentorship and Full Proposal Kickoff
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)
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
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5PM (PST)
Full Proposals Due
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Full Proposal Stage
in early December
Finalists paired with mentors
Full Proposal Elements
What are the Judges Looking For?
Preliminary 1-year Budget
Project viability: 40%
Research and market familiarity: 15%
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%
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
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.
Impact evaluation: 10%
Innovation and creativity: 5%
Overall merit: 5%
Full Proposal Writing Workshop
February 11, 2014
B100 Blum Hall