Phillip Denny

Big Ideas Finalists Announced!

On November 15, 2017, the Big Ideas Contest received more than 300 proposals, representing approximately 900 aspiring innovators, across 11 universities. A pool of nearly

Big Ideas Deadline is Coming Up!

Big Ideas is an early-stage, innovation contest that provides funding, support, and recognition to student teams who develop novel solutions to pressing social challenges. Teams selected for the final round will have access to skill-development workshops, advising sessions and industry mentors in order to refine their pre-proposals into 10 page “full proposals,” due in March 2018.

Big Ideas 2018 Contest: Where Impact Begins

Big Ideas is an early-stage university-based innovation contest that connects students—the world’s next generation of social entrepreneurs—with the mentorship, training, and resources needed to successfully conceptualize, deploy, and scale social innovations. Big Ideas plugs student entrepreneurs into a robust innovation ecosystem of high-caliber mentors, academics, scientists, tech experts, industry leaders, and investors, enabling them to access the full spectrum of resources needed to bring their ideas to fruition.

Big Ideas Winner, Tabla, Wins Fast Company’s Innovation Award

Tabla – the Grand Prize winner of  last year’s Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Contest– was announced today as one of fourteen winners to receive Fast Company’s 2017 Innovation by Design Awards from 2,500 submissions worldwide. The device, engineered to more affordably and easily diagnose pneumonia, was honored as one of the most innovative and disruptive design solutions created to solve today’s most challenging business issues.

Meet the 2017 Big Ideas Winners!

This year’s Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Contest launched in September 2017. In November, the Contest received a record number of pre-proposal applications from 326

Big Ideas Team Addresses Maternal Mortality in Uganda

To address this global health crisis, a team of public health students, with support from the Big Ideas Contest, are designing a preeclampsia diagnostic tool that will save lives in resource-constrained settings globally.

Big Ideas Pitch Day: Seeding the Future

The team that created Tabla, a device that detects pneumonia using sound waves and a stethoscope, received seed funding from Big Ideas @ Berkeley to support its project.