Big Ideas@Berkeley competition open: student funding competition

The 2015-2016 Big Ideas@Berkeley contest is now open.

Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas@ Berkeley has inspired innovative and high-impact student-led projects aimed at solving problems that matter to this generation.

Big Ideas supports students at the very early stages of developing their ideas. Often, students who compete in Big Ideas have never entered an innovation contest or written a real-world proposal. The Contest challenges students to step outside of their traditional university-based academic work, take a risk, and use their education, passion, and skills to work on problems important to them.

CITRIS is proud to continue to support the “IT for Society” category. As technology spreads globally, the opportunity to use technology as a mechanism to solve pressing social problems grows.

**Online Information Session (via Google Hangout) for Students from Other Campuses, Tuesday, October 13, 3 pm: Learn more about the goals, timeline, and categories in the 2015-2016 Big Ideas Contest.**

Eligible students are invited to submit a 3-page pre-proposal by Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 12:00 Noon (PST) via the website. Judges will select approximately 5 to 8 teams in each category to continue on to the full proposal round of the contest in the spring For further information on deadlines, eligibility requirements, and events, please visit the Big Ideas website:

The infrastructure of this contest is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew & Virginia Rudd Family Foundation.

We look forward to hearing your Big Ideas!