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).

: Live Stream Available

: Online Appointments Available

Upcoming Events


Industry Advising Clinic

(March 5, 4:00pm 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 February. 

Full Proposal Editing Blitz

(March 11 & 12, All Day | 120 Blum Hall)

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.

Grand Prize Pitch Day & Awards Celebration

(May 6, 2:00pm PT | B100 Blum Hall)

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.

Past Events & Recordings

Full Proposal Writing Workshop

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Storytelling for Innovation

Circular Economy and Sustainable Design Workshop

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Landscape Analysis

Big Ideas Information Session

Featuring: Darryl Diptee (2019 winner for Sonic Eyewear Project)

Big Ideas Kick-Off: Information Session

Featuring: Matt Turlock (2019 winner for Kaloum Bankhi)