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Big Ideas Fall 2014 Information Session

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Jessica Ernandes

on 4 September 2015

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Transcript of Big Ideas Fall 2014 Information Session

What is Big Ideas?
The Big Ideas Contest is an annual
innovation competition

aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have “big ideas” aimed at solving important social challenges.

1. Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives

2. Conflict & Development

3. Creative Expression for Social Justice

4. Food System Innovations

Global Health

6. Improving Student Life

7. Information Technology for Society

8. Mobiles for Reading

9. Open Data for Development

10. Scaling Up Big Ideas (past winners only)
Contest Categories
What Have Past Winners Done?
Designed equipment to turn the camera of a standard cell phone into a diagnostic-quality microscope

Created opportunities for students to participate in meaningful service activities

Engineered water purification systems
Pre-proposal Stage
Pre-Proposal Deadline
Thursday, November 13,
2014 at 12PM noon (PST)
Full Proposals Due
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
12PM (PST)
Mentorship Stage
Full Proposal Stage
Finalists notified
in early December
& all participants receive feedback from judges
Finalists paired with Big Ideas mentors
Proposal Elements
How Are Pre-proposals Judged?
Project Description
Needs Statement
1-year Timeline
Team Bios
Contact Information
Phillip Denny & Jenna Hahn

People's Choice Video Contest Opens

Notification of Awards

Big Ideas@Berkeley
Grand Prize Pitch Day
May 2, 2014
creativity = 40%
addresses a pressing social issue = 20%

Resources available:
Info Sessions: 9/9 & 10/9
Writing Workshops: 10/22 & 11/3
Innovators@Cal: 10/7
Idea Generation Dinner: 10/20
Editing Blitz: 11/12
Office Hours with Big Ideas Advisors: ongoing!
To schedule an appointment: bigideas@berkeley.edu

Contest Rules
realistic one-year budget = 10%
project viability = 10%
professional quality = 10%
preliminary budget (1st year only) = 10%
category specific question = 10%

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