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).
At the Final Round kickoff event, organizers of the Big ideas Contest will cover important information about the full-proposal process (rules & criteria), and provide an overview of the Big Ideas Mentorship process. Teams and mentors are encouraged to stay afterward to meet, get feedback, and plan for the mentorship period. Bay Area teams are strongly encouraged to attend in-person. Participants that are joining remotely via the livestream (below) can also schedule their first mentorship meeting after the event via video-conference or phone.
Finalists will receive guidance and feedback about how to effectively craft their full-proposal application. Past winners and judges will offer tips for developing a compelling final round application, and the Big Ideas staff will share proposal examples and discuss best practices. Big Ideas staff will be available immediately following the workshop for advising and questions.
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 30 minute advising appointments. This session fills up fast, so look out for an announcement in the Big Ideas Newsletter in February.
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 pre-proposal and seek advice.
The top teams from the 2019-2020 Big Ideas Contest will present their innovations and compete for the Grand Prize. Following these exciting pitches, the 2020 award winning teams will participate in a lively poster session, have an opportunity to demo their prototypes, highlight their projects, and engage with the entire Big Ideas network of students, mentors, judges and sponsors. RSVP required.