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2016-2017 Big Ideas Pre-Proposal Judges' Training
Transcript of 2016-2017 Big Ideas Pre-Proposal Judges' Training
What is Big Ideas?
Launched at UC Berkeley in 2005, Big Ideas is an annual innovation contest designed to provide funding, support, advice and encouragement to
undergraduate and graduate
students who have "big ideas" that address pressing social challenges.
Our emphasis is early-stage ideation and innovation.
1. Art & Social Change
2. Energy & Resource Alternatives
3. Financial Inclusion
4. Food Systems
5. Global Health
6. Hardware for Good
7. Improving Student Life
8. Information Technology for Society
9. Scaling Up Big Ideas
(for previous Big Ideas winners only)
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 for entering university students
Creativity & Innovation: 40%
We have received
> 300 pre-proposals
6 to 9 finalists will be selected in each category based on pre-proposal judging
4 to 6 winners will be chosen in each
category on the basis of their
Why are Judges Important?
Identify the most promising projects for funding and support
Provide substantive and constructive written feedback to all student teams, regardless of whether they are selected as finalists - this is key to their growth!
For students who do move on, written feedback will serve as a starting point as finalists work with their mentors to build out full project proposals
Potential for Impact: 20%
Teams should collect background data and evidence on the need to be addressed, including:
Relevant research/statistics on the problem
A clear description of the negative impacts of the problem being addressed
Relevant research/statistics about the community or target population they will serve,
or market they will be entering
Summary of the nuts and bolts of the project, how it works, project goals and intended impact, including:
A brief description of how the project will look in its first year of implementation
A discussion of why it is different
from other approaches
A brief explanation of how the team will address possible implementation challenges.
Emphasis of this round is on innovation
and creativity, not execution!
Online Judging Platform
Your log in information will be emailed to you on Friday November 18.
This is the first screen you will see when you log in will include the 8-10 pre-proposals you have been assigned.
Clicking "Review" next to the submission name will open up that submission
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: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:00PM (PST)
All students receive feedback, finalists are notified & asked to share mentor matching requests
Full Proposals Due
, March 8, 2016
at 12PM (PST)
People's Choice Award Video Contest Opens
April 10 - April 24
Big Ideas Awards
Grand Prize Pitch Day April 26, 2016
Big Ideas Award Celebration May 3, 2016
Full Proposal Phase
Judges assigned 8-10 pre-proposals on Friday, November 18, 2016
Judging Feedback due no later than Thursday, December 8, 2016
Addresses a Pressing Social Need: 25%
Overall Quality: 10%
Feasibility of Budget: 10%
Creativity & Originality: 45%
Viability of Project: 10%
Category Challenge: 15%
Overall Quality: 10%
Click "Save File" to download the pre-proposal
Click "Add Review" to begin your review
PDF Instructions can be found in the Judging Handbook, on the Judges Page:
You can click "Save Draft" at to save your progress and return to it at any point
Click "Submit" when you have finished your review
Saving & Submitting
Your submitted reviews will show up as "Done" on your landing page
You will still be able to edit submitted reviews through Dec 4 by clicking the "Done" button
The platform will automatically do this weighting for you. In the final round this is flipped on its head!
Note: This is how submissions are organized in the judging platform!
If you know students or projects you are assigned to, and feel that this could result in a conflict of interest, please let us know!
If you'd like to reach out to students, please do so only through us to respect confidentiality.
3 page limit - don't consider anything beyond that! Additional resources are optional, and references do not count in this limit.
You will be invited to continue as judges or mentors in the Final Round - if you are interested.
We'd love to welcome you to all of our events!
Other Notes & FAQs
Beginning Your Review
late January, 2016
Students work closely with mentors to improve their ideas and develop their full proposals
Mentors are assigned and announced by
Teams should perform adequate landscape research on the problem they are addressing, providing:
An overview of any existing services, programs, interventions or products that have been designed or implemented to address the problem.
A discussion, where applicable, of the limitations of these approaches and the gaps that remain.
A list of key project team members with brief biographies that explain the capability of the team to pursue the proposed innovation.
If the team has not yet found members that fulfill skillsets needed to carry out the innovation, this section should also include a brief description of how the team plans to recruit the expertise that
will be integral to the project.
Key is that they've
identified the needed skills
The extent to which the idea is a novel, innovative, or creative solution to the proposed problem.
The extent to which the problem is well defined, and the extent
to which it is addressed by the proposed innovation.
The extent to which the the proposed project appears viable, given the project description, the team's qualifications, and the team's understanding of the market or community needs.
(For Scaling Up - judges will consider the progress made to date on their project with their previous award.)
The extent to which the proposal is professional, persuasive, well written and well organized.
Scorecard includes a mix of multiple choice and opportunities for detailed qualitative feedback
Qualitative feedback is invaluable and anonymous!
Make sure that the category you select
matches the label on the category tab above!