Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day Showcases Inventions of Top Student Teams

Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day Showcases Inventions of Top Student Teams

Apr 17, 2019

In 2006, the Big Ideas Contest launched at UC Berkeley to catalyze and support an interdisciplinary and diverse network of student entrepreneurs to develop game-changing innovations. No longer would entrepreneurship be ensconced within just engineering and business schools and accessible to only a few. The time had come to “open-source” entrepreneurship to include the range […]

Big Ideas Winner Po Jui “Ray” Chiu, co-founder of BioInspira Inc., named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy category

Big Ideas Winner Po Jui “Ray” Chiu, co-founder of BioInspira Inc., named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Energy category

Mar 14, 2019

With the encouragement of bioengineering professor Seung-Wuk Lee, Chiu and his team had submitted their glucose sensor to Cal’s Big Idea Contest, which provides funding and support to interdisciplinary teams of students with inventive proposals. They won first place in the category of “Innovation Technologies for Society.”

Big Ideas Innovation Ambassadors Nurturing Ideas into Enterprises

Big Ideas Innovation Ambassadors Nurturing Ideas into Enterprises

Feb 1, 2019

By Lisa Bauer Founded in 2005 at UC Berkeley, Big Ideas has become one of the largest and most diverse student innovation competitions in the country. The contest supports the next generation of social entrepreneurs–providing mentorship, training, and the diverse resources required to support big ideas from their earliest stages. In 2017, to ensure the […]

Maria Artunduaga’s Mission to Manage Chronic Lung Disease

Maria Artunduaga’s Mission to Manage Chronic Lung Disease

Jan 30, 2019

By Tamara Straus On February 26, 2018, Maria Artunduaga had a eureka moment that medical entrepreneurs dream of. In the office of UCSF Professor Mehrdad Arjomandi, she was soliciting advice about a wearable prototype she had developed to monitor oxygen in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Arjomandi—a clinical professor in the Division […]

ZestBio Continues Innovation with Waste-based Products

ZestBio Continues Innovation with Waste-based Products

Dec 5, 2018

By Tamara Straus Early in 2017, Ryan Protzko, then a doctoral student in biochemistry at UC Berkeley, was working on research to turn orange peels into eco-friendly bottles and contacted a citrus juicer in California’s Central Valley. Would the company be able to spare some orange peels? Yes, responded the representative, the juicer could truck […]

DOST— Fostering Early Childhood Development in India

DOST— Fostering Early Childhood Development in India

Nov 28, 2018

By Veena Narashiman ’2020 Early years of childhood form the basis of intelligence, personality, social behavior, and capacity to learn and nurture oneself. Increasingly, child development researchers are also finding that brain development during the first eight years is the most rapid, with children who receive attention in their early years achieving more success in […]

Big Ideas Judge Ryan Shaening Pokrasso: A Commitment to Social Impact and the Law

Big Ideas Judge Ryan Shaening Pokrasso: A Commitment to Social Impact and the Law

Oct 16, 2018

By Francis Gonzales Ryan Shaening Pokrasso (JD ’13), a San Francisco Bay Area attorney who specializes in assisting social entrepreneurs, has been a longtime judge and advisor for the Big Ideas student innovation competition. Ryan entered the legal profession by way of nonprofit policy advocacy. He served as program director for New Energy Economy, a […]

VIDI—Another Way to See Surgery

VIDI—Another Way to See Surgery

Oct 15, 2018

By Veena Narashiman ’20 Basic surgeries are far from basic. They require approximately 50 tools, which take about 2 minutes each for an experienced technician to clean. Operations in a trauma unit require as many as 400 tools. And in both environments, surgical tools can be easily misplaced, thrown away, or misassembled. In fact in […]

MarHub: A Technology to Help Refugees Navigate Asylum

MarHub: A Technology to Help Refugees Navigate Asylum

Oct 2, 2018

Veena Narashiman ’2020 In 2016, as Sarrah Nomanbhoy was starting her MBA at the Haas School of Business, the refugee crisis in Europe was in its second peak year and over a million applicants applied for asylum to the EU. Nomanbhoy, a native Californian, had been watching the refugee crisis unfold since her undergraduate days […]

3 UC Berkeley graduate students named finalists in 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition

3 UC Berkeley graduate students named finalists in 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition

Sep 27, 2018

2018 Big Ideas Contest winner VIDI, a team that includes three UC Berkeley graduate students, was named a finalist in the 2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition, an annual contest that rewards innovation and research conducted by college students and faculty advisers.