Takataka Plastics Finding Local Solutions to Waste in Gulu, Uganda

In 2018 and 2019, Balcom, a UC Berkeley PhD student in mechanical and development engineering, won the Big Ideas Contest and Big Ideas Scaling Up for Takataka Plastics, a social enterprise that locally transforms plastic waste in Gulu, Uganda into quality and affordable construction materials.

Arts Entrepreneurship Comes to Big Ideas Contest

With all of the excitement and funding directed at artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and gene editing, it is hard to remember that one of the most consistently innovative and financially robust sectors in the United States is the “creative industry.”

2020 Big Ideas Finalists Announced!

In November 2019, the Big Ideas Contest received a record 438 pre-proposal applications, representing over 1,200 students across 12 campuses. After a preliminary round, 43 teams were advanced to the final round.

Culturally Reflective Architecture

Aboubacar Komara, founder and president of Kaloum Bankhi, says his upbringing in both Guinea and the United States has shaped how he understands architecture.

Inspired to Become an Innovation Ambassador

After receiving mentorship from the Big Ideas Contest, Amy Liu, founder and CEO of Partners in Life, became an Innovation Ambassador for both the 2018-2019 academic year and now the 2019-2020 one.

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