Dear CITRIS investigators:
CITRIS is sponsoring a $20K "white paper" competition that is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students from all 4 CITRIS campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, and Merced).
Papers are due May 1, 2006.
This is the assignment:
CITRIS is interested in stimulating new thinking on a broad range of social benefits of information technology in areas such as: energy and the environment, health, education and life-long learning, democratic governance, response to natural and man-made disasters, transportation, delivery of government services, quality of life for people with disabilities, economic opportunity for low-income communities, arts and culture, and the effectiveness of non-profit organizations. Describe a multidisciplinary research project that would demonstrate the capacity of IT to help address a major societal challenge.
Here is the Web site for the CITRIS white paper competition for the details.
For Berkeley students, there are a broader set of competitions with total prizes of $100K.