Workshops & Events

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).

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: Online Appointments Available

Upcoming Events

Big Ideas "Inspiration & Information" Session #2

October 5, 12:00pm-1:00pm PT | via ZOOM

With Laura Stachel, Founder & Executive Director, We Care Solar

In 2008, We Care Solar Founder and Executive Director Laura Stachel could not have imagined that her “Big Idea” to provide reliable solar electricity for a remote hospital would reach more than 4,000 healthcare facilities around the world, serving more than 3.9m mothers and babies. Hear about her journey and the profound impact We Care Solar is making. Then learn how you can transform your own idea for social impact into a real-world solution.  RSVP HERE (required)

Innovation in the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 7, 5:00pm-7:00pm PT | via ZOOM

Organized in collaboration with IMAGINEi5

To address the profound effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, IMAGINEi5 and BIG Ideas team up to host a ‘problem statement’ creation session. During this session, we will: 1.)Review our time in the pandemic from March to present day with empathy; 2.)Get informed about the effects of COVID-19 on the Sustainable Development Goal; 3.)Use design thinking to frame problems to tackle COVID-19’s impact on the SDGs; 4.)Share ideas and prepare for next steps with BIG Ideas. RSVP HERE (Required)

Big Ideas "Inspiration & Information" Session #3

October 15, 5:00pm-6:00pm PT | via ZOOM

With Ryan Barr, COO, RePurpose Energy

There’s still a month to get started on your Big Idea! Get inspired through the story of RePurpose Energy, 2018 Big Ideas Grand Prize Winner as told by its COO and UC Davis alumni Ryan Barr.  Then stay for an overview of the rules, requirements and eligibility for the 2020-2021 Big Ideas Contest and you’ll be ready to start drafting your 3-page pre-proposal! RSVP HERE (required)

Writing Workshop & Market Landscape Analysis Session

October 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm PT | via ZOOM

Organized in collaboration with IMAGINEi5

Big Ideas and IMAGINEi5 team up to bring you two main objectives in this session: ​Big Ideas will take you through a proposal writing workshop in the first half and IMAGINEi5 will lead participants through an interactive exercise to perform segmentation, targeting, and positioning analysis with an emphasis in the social impact space! During IMAGINEi5’s session, we will:​ ​1) Explore Personas and Segmentation​; ​2) Identify your target group​; ​3) Identify your positioning through the use of perceptual maps, and develop positioning statements​.​ RSVP HERE (Required)


Industry Advising Clinic

November 9, 4:00pm-7:00pm PT | B100 Blum Hall

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 in the Big Ideas Newsletter in October. 

Pre-Proposal Editing Blitz

November 16 - November 19, All Day

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.

2020-2021 Past Events & Recording

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: With Christelle Rohaut, Cofounder & CEO, Codi

Circular Economy and Sustainable Design Workshop