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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Upcoming Events

Industry Advising Clinic

(November 7 | 4-6 pm 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 30 minute advising appointments. This session fills up fast, so look out for an announcement in the Big Ideas Newsletter in October.
Registration Required. Sign up HERE.

Pre-proposal Editing Blitz

(November 9 & 13 | All Day | 120 Blum Hall)
With only a few days left before the pre-proposal deadline (Nov. 14th), 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.
Advising appointment signup

Final Round Kickoff Event

(January 20 | 5:00pm PT | B100 Blum Hall)
Big ideas finalist teams and their mentors will learn about expectations and best practices to guide them through the mentorship period.  The Big Ideas staff will provide additional guidance on the structure and goals for the final round.

Enviro-Design Intensive Workshop

(January 20 | 12pm-4pm | B100 Blum Hall)
Building off the Fall Enviro-Design Overview Workshop, the Enviro-Design Intensive Workshop will help teams further incorporate sustainable design and circular economy principles in their innovations, maximizing the innovations’ environmental sustainability and marketability, and helping teams succeed in the Full Proposal Round of the Big Ideas Contest. RSVP required (Registration begins December 1)

Legal Entity Workshop:

(Date| Time | location TBD)
Is your social innovation project interested in taking the next step and registering as a legal entity? Are you unsure about the benefits and drawbacks of registering as a 501(c)(3) or a for-profit?  Join Big Ideas and Startup@Berkeley Law for an introductory primer that will discuss your options and help you think critically about which model is best for your social venture. RSVP required (Registration dates TBA)

Full Proposal Writing Workshop

(February 11 | 6:00pm PT | B100 Blum Hall)
Finalist teams will receive guidance and feedback about how to effectively craft your full proposal. 1-on-1 advising appointments with Big Ideas staff will be available immediately following the workshop.

Industry Advising Clinic

(February 27 | 4pm PT | B100 Blum Hall)
Come meet one on one with expert advisors from the Big Ideas network to discuss your innovative ideas and critical guidance and constructive feedback. The experts bring years of experience advising and coaching startups along with robust technical expertise. The list of experts will be shared in advance and students can sign up for 30 minute advising appointments. RSVP required (Registration begins February 1)

Full Proposal Editing Blitz:

(March 4 & 5 | All Day | 120 Blum Hall)
Want last minute feedback? Sign up for an appointment with an advisor for final advice and fine-tuning.  Take advantage of this final opportunity to fine-tune your full proposal and receive last-minute feedback by signing up for an advising appointmentwith a member of the Big Ideas staff.

People’s Choice Video Contest

(Online voting from April 22-29)
All pre-proposal applicants are invited to submit a video of their Big Idea to the People’s Choice Video Contest for a chance to win an $2500 for their project! Find out more HERE.

Grand Prize Pitch Day

(April 24 | 5:00pm PT | B100 Blum Hall)
Each year select finalist teams are invited to attend the Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day in April, where teams present their project ideas to a panel of esteemed judges. Judges then select Pitch Day winners to receive an additional award, ranging from $1,000 for third place, $3,000 for second place, to $5,000 for first place. It continues to be one of our most exciting events! RSVP required (Registration begins April 1)

Awards Celebration

(May 1 | 5:00pm PT | B100 Blum Hall)
The Awards Celebration brings together the entire Big Ideas community to mark the conclusion of the 2018-2019 contest. This year’s winners will participate in a poster session, have an opportunity to demo their prototypes, and network with attendees. Winning teams will be formally recognized and there will be plenty of opportunities for judges, mentors, industry professionals and teams to network, engage and learn.  RSVP required (Registration begins April 1)


Past Events

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Storytelling for Innovation

(Recorded: October 30, 2018)
Receive guidance and feedback on how to effectively craft your Big Ideas pre-proposal. This workshop had added emphasis on storytelling and how to craft an effective narrative for the Big Ideas pre-proposal, led by Scott Shigeoka, an expert in storytelling and the Community & Design Lead at OpenIdeo.img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-11049″ src=”http://bigideascontest.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/live-stream25.jpg” alt=”” width=”25″ height=”12″ />

Inventing Green Workshop

(Recorded: October 22, 2018)
Featuring: Jeremy Faludi, author of VentureWell’s “Tools for Design and Sustainability
Learn how to incorporate circular economy and environmental design principles into your project and gain valuable resources from top-notch experts in the field. This workshop will help student innovators examine the potential environmental impacts of their innovations from the very beginning phase of their invention/ innovation.

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Landscape Analysis

(Recorded: October 10, 2018)
Receive guidance and feedback on how to effectively craft your Big Ideas pre-proposal. In addition, this workshop emphasizes the Landscape Analysis section of the pre-proposal, frequently cited as an area for improvement by Big Ideas judges.

Big Ideas Information Session #2

Featuring: Rachel Sklar, Founder/Director, Pit Vidura
(Recorded: September 26, 2018)
Get an overview of the rules, requirements and eligibility for the 2018-19 Big Ideas Contest.

Big Ideas Information Session #1

Special Guest: Nikhil Arora, Cofounder, Back to the Roots
(Recorded:September 12, 2018)
Get an overview of the rules, requirements and eligibility for the 2018-19 Big Ideas Contest.

Legal Structures for Social Enterprises Workshop


Access the presentation here.