After months spent developing their Big Ideas projects, seven of the top student teams will gather in Blum Hall to compete in the sixth annual Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day. Vying for prizes of up to $5,000, these teams will share their visions for social change in front of a panel of esteemed judges. This annual highlight of the Big Ideas contest is an exciting event with opportunities for audience participation and networking. Food and drinks will be served.
See below for the teams scheduled to pitch:
HomeSlice: HomeSlice makes it simple and appealing for people who can't currently afford to own their own property to buy homes in groups, empowering them to build their assets instead of being forced to rent.
MakeGlow: MakeGlow is a low-cost DIY solar lantern designed to teach students in low-income rural Indian communities about the environmental and health benefits of switching to solar, while providing them with the means to build a low-cost solar lantern.
MigRadio: MigRadio, a new podcast produced in English and Spanish, will explore US immigration policy through the lens of deported immigrants, telling their personal experiences of U.S. detention facilities and prisons.
Point-Of Care Diagnostic Test for Preeclampsia: This project develops a safe and inexpensive self-diagnostic tool for the early-detection of preeclampsia in low-resource settings, allowing pregnant women to seek medical care before symptoms become life threatening.
Tabla: Tabla is a portable, accessible and inexpensive diagnostic tool for detecting pneumonia designed to reduce the number of deaths in populations with limited access to medical infrastructure.
Undergraduate Lab at Berkeley (ULAB): ULAB is a student-run research laboratory to help freshman and sophomores from all backgrounds and skill levels get started in research. This will provide a stepping stone to further research opportunities and teach valuable research skills in a supportive, education focused environment.
ZestBio: ZestBio utilizes an eco-friendly, synthetic biology, solution to convert orange peel waste into plastic bottles, thereby “putting your orange juice back in the peel” and eliminating needless waste.
We also encourage you to attend our Awards Celebration the following week where winners will be announced and the whole Big Ideas community will come together to culminate this year's contest.