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2013-2014 Big Ideas Final Proposal Judges' Training

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2013-2014 Big Ideas
Final Proposal Judges' Training
What is Big Ideas?
Launched in 2005, Big Ideas is a multi-campus innovation contest designed to provide funding, support, advice, and encouragement to undergraduate and graduate students who have "big ideas" aimed at addressing pressing university, community, and global problems.

1. Creative Expression for Social Justice

2. Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives*

3. Financial Capabilities

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 (for previous Big Ideas award winners only)*
9 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

Developed an interactive online platform for financial literacy, targeting entering students at various schools.
Contest Overview
We received 187 pre-proposals in November
Narrowed it down to 56 Finalist Teams
2 to 5 winners will be chosen in each
category on the basis of their
full proposal
Narrowing Down
Why are Judges Important?
Identify the most promising projects for funding and support

Provide substantive and constructive written feedback to all student teams
Evaluation Criteria
Addresses a Pressing Social Problem: 15%
Innovative: 5%
Full Proposal Elements
Needs Statement
A detailed description of the problem their project will address that communicates a deep understanding of the relevant research on the problem, including:

Research/statistics on the problem

Research/statistics about the community you wish to serve or market they'll be entering

Research what has been done in the past to address this problem and where those solutions fell short
Detailed Timeline
Describes when the specific activities will take place to achieve the objectives (recognizing that awards will not be dispersed until June 2014)
Team Bios
Note relevant accomplishments, training, and areas of expertise

If team members are graduating in May 2014, teams may choose to include plans for future leadership or involvement
Preliminary Budget
Proposal and Impact
A detailed explanation of the proposed project or innovation and its intended impact in its
first year of implementation.
Contact Information

Online Judging Platform, What to Expect
Log in information will be emailed to you on Friday, March 14.
Instructions and Resources Page
First screen you will see when you log in
Can download a PDF with detailed instructions
To Begin Reviewing
Click the "Submissions" Tab on the left-hand side of your screen
Clicking "view" next to the submission name will open up that submission
What you will see
Judging Scorecard
Pre-Proposal Stage
Students craft their ideas with help from Big Ideas Staff: networking events, info sessions, writing and budgeting workshops, editing blitz', and advising hours
Pre-Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 5:00PM (PST)
Finalists notified
in early December
& all participants receive feedback from judges
Finalists paired with mentors
Mentorship Phase
Full Proposals Due
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
People's Choice Award Video Contest Opens
Notification of Awards
Grand Prize Pitch Day May 5, 2014 2:00-5:00
Big Ideas Award Celebration May 8, 2014 6:00-8:00
Full Proposal Phase

Judges assigned to pre-proposals on Friday, November 8, 2013
Judging Feedback due no later than Friday, December 6, 2013
300 word Summary
Thorough Project Description: 10%
Community/Market Familiarity: 20%
Assessment of Challenges/Risks: 10%
Team Capabilities: 10%
Overall Impression of Viability: 10%

Budget is Thorough and Realistic: 10%
Plan for Impact Evaluation: 10%
Click on the Uploaded files to download and read the final proposal
Must first select if the proposal was the appropriate length
Mix of multiple choice and free response questions
Click “Save & Exit” at the bottom of the page to save and finish reviewing later
When you return to that submission at a later time, make sure to click “Enable Editing,” at the top of the judging scorecard
Once you have finished your review, click “Submit” and you can navigate to other proposals or logout.
Judges assigned to final proposals on Friday, March 14, 2014
Judges feedback due Friday, April 11, 2014
Approximately 3 Pages
IT for Society Poster Session April 21, 3:00-5:00
If relevant, topics can include:
Ethical, cultural, or legal considerations
Marketing goals and strategies
Training and recruitment procedures
Expected community buy-in
Potential challenges that may arise in working with the identified community or market, and proposed solutions to these challenges
The extent to which they have developed community partnerships
Approximately 5 Pages
Impact Evaluation
Explanation of what they plan to measure and how/when they plan to measure it
Approximately 1 page
Approximately 1 page
Approximately 1 page
Approximately 2 pages
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