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BigIdeas@Berkeley Information Session, Sep 18

Come get inspired and learn how to participate in the 2012-2013 Big Ideas@Berkeley Contest! Big Ideas provides funding support and encouragement to students with creative ideas to improve society.

This event will feature an inspiring talk by Dr. Laura Stachel, the co-founder of WE CARE Solar, followed by an overview of the 2012-2013 Big Ideas contest structure. (Deadline November 6th!)

WE CARE Solar designs portable, low-cost solar suitcases that power lighting, phones and medical devices for hospitals in low-resource areas. Her invention allows doctors in developing regions to perform life-saving surgeries and has been shown to significantly reduce maternal mortality rates. Dr. Stachel’s project was initiated in 2008 with support from Big Ideas and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. WE CARE Solar now provides the solar suitcases worldwide in 15 countries on three continents.

Now in its seventh year, Big Ideas@Berkeley gives students the opportunity to channel their passion for social change into creative and pragmatic solutions. The 2012/13 contest will include new categories and offer more workshops and mentorship opportunities. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals in one of the following categories:

• Global Poverty Alleviation

• Creative Expression for Social Justice

• Clean & Sustainable Energy Alternatives

• Improving Student Life

• Information Technology for Society

• Maternal & Child Health

• Promoting Human Rights

• Financial Literacy

• Scaling Up Big Ideas