Information on this page will be frequently updated, so keep checking back for additional details on these events and more. Many Big Ideas events and workshops will be live-streamed from this webpage. Recordings will be made available immediately following each live-stream (see “Past Events” section below).
The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) is sponsoring a specialty prize in the Big Ideas Contest this year. The prize will be awarded to the team that is able to showcase how their innovation will promote positive change within their selected Big Ideas social impact tract, while also enhancing the security of the nation. To address the broad range of national security issues, NSIN and Big Ideas are hosting an information session to discuss how this specialty award ties into the Big Ideas social impact tracts. During this session, we will: 1.) Discuss different national security missions to include Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response, Pandemic Response, Building Partner Capacity, and Election Security; 2.) Answer any questions that teams may have; 3.) Share ideas and prepare for next steps with Big Ideas. RSVP HERE (Required)
Receive guidance and feedback on how to effectively craft your Big Ideas pre-proposal. Big Ideas advisors will walk you through every element that is required in your 3-page pre-proposal submission. There will be an added emphasis on storytelling and how to craft an effective narrative for your Big Ideas pre-proposal. Led by Petter Bittner — a global storyteller passionate to make a difference through writing, photography, videography, and emerging media — this session will discuss how to distill the complex set of concepts, actors, and outcomes that underlie your Big Idea into a concise and compelling narrative. RSVP HERE (Required)
Meet one-on-one with expert advisors from the Big Ideas network to discuss your innovative ideas. The experts bring robust technical expertise and will share constructive feedback based on their years of experience advising and coaching startups. The list of experts will be shared in advance and students can sign up for 45 minute advising appointments. This session fills up fast, so look out for an announcement on November 2.
With only a few days left before the final round deadline (March 13th), come and receive last minute advice and help with your pre-proposal. Take advantage of this final opportunity to meet with the Big Ideas staff to fine-tune your full proposal and/or application video.