What’s Your Big Idea?

What’s Your Big Idea?

Nov 6, 2019

Only 2 Weeks Left to Apply to the UC Big Ideas Contest!   By Emily Denny   Do you have an early-stage, social-impact driven idea? Are you a student looking for the support and resources necessary to solve important issues that matter to your generation?   Apply to the Big Ideas Contest by November 20! […]

Q&A With Big Ideas Winner Emily Huynh, Fractal

Q&A With Big Ideas Winner Emily Huynh, Fractal

Oct 30, 2019

Providing Accessible Medical Care through Low-Cost Fracture Detection By Emily Denny Treating bone fractures in the developing world is increasingly difficult due to the lack of x-ray accessibility. Emily Huynh, a senior at UC Berkeley studying Bioengineering, thought: if bone fractures were diagnosed and treated properly in an affordable way, large populations of people could […]

Environmentally Responsible Inventing

Environmentally Responsible Inventing

Oct 11, 2019

Big Ideas Integrates Sustainability into Its Competition By Emily Denny “Sustainability is something innovators don’t really think about because we are so focused on how our product is going to work, how we are going to market it, and how we are going to sell it,” said Emily Huynh, a senior studying biomedical engineering at […]

Big Ideas Judge Jill Finlayson: Mentoring and Marveling at Founders

Big Ideas Judge Jill Finlayson: Mentoring and Marveling at Founders

Oct 1, 2019

By Veena Narashiman There are few people as committed to judging the Big Ideas Contest as Jill Finlayson. A lifelong advocate of mentorship and a graduate of UC Berkeley, Finlayson has been a Big Ideas mentor since the competition’s inception in 2006. She currently serves as director of Women in Technology Initiative at CITRIS (Center […]

Q&A with Dr. Maria Artunduaga, 2019 Big Ideas Winner

Q&A with Dr. Maria Artunduaga, 2019 Big Ideas Winner

Sep 24, 2019

Empowering Women of Color in the Medical & Technology Field By Emily Denny Although Maria Artunduaga, a Colombian-born translational physician and entrepreneur, says that racial and gender bias has played a major role in shaping her career, she doesn’t view it as an obstacle. Instead, she views such experiences as motivation to close the gender […]

Echolocation Technology that Empowers the Blind

Echolocation Technology that Empowers the Blind

Sep 19, 2019

How one Big Idea can lead to equal opportunities for the visually impaired By Emily Denny Darryl Diptee used to think of himself as a “closet innovator.” During his time as an officer for the U.S. Navy, Diptee remembers being told to “color inside the lines and innovate on your own time.” After coming to […]

UC Big Ideas Contest Joins The Rockefeller-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

UC Big Ideas Contest Joins The Rockefeller-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

Sep 4, 2019

The Big Ideas Contest has been named one of four university social innovation competitions to be a part of The 2019-2020 Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge. The other three universities are MIT, University of Michigan, and University of San Diego. With the new partnership, Big Ideas will support students at all 10 University of […]

How One Big Idea Led to an Innovative Co-working Solution

How One Big Idea Led to an Innovative Co-working Solution

Aug 23, 2019

By Emily Denny As a freelancer and a master’s degree student at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (M.C.P.), Christelle Rohaut found coffee shops too crowded, co-working spaces too expensive, and her own home too isolating. In 2016, on her daily commute home, she saw rows of overpacked coffee shops.  “I also found it incredibly […]

Big Ideas Judge Ishita Jain: Human-Centered Design for Social Impact

Big Ideas Judge Ishita Jain: Human-Centered Design for Social Impact

Jun 6, 2019

By Francis Gonzales Ishita Jain, a judge in the 2018-2019 Big Ideas Contest, specializes in using design as a tool for social impact. She works at the Autodesk Foundation, where she supports entrepreneurs and innovators focused on innovative design solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Ishita honed her passion for design […]

Motivation and Mentorship Spurred 2019 Big Ideas Contest Winners

Motivation and Mentorship Spurred 2019 Big Ideas Contest Winners

May 13, 2019

How do you become a social entrepreneur? The question has been the subject of many articles, books, and TED talks. For applicants to the Big Ideas social innovation contest, however, the answer is fairly simple: motivation and mentorship. The recently concluded 2018-2019 Big Ideas Contest brought together over 400 judges and mentors—from six continents—to evaluate […]