Big Ideas @Berkeley Pitch Day! (Friday, 4/13, 2-5 pm, Blum Hall)

Please join us on April 13th at 2:00pm to learn what a few of our most promising Big Ideas @ Berkeley finalists have developed to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our campus, community and globe!  Top teams from this year's Big Ideas competition will be vying for $20,000 in special "pitch day" prizes, as part of this year's $300,000 contest. 

These innovative student-led projects address challenges across a broad spectrum including Social Justice, Global Poverty, Energy Efficiency, Emerging & Neglected Diseases, and more.  Each team will be given 7 minutes to pitch their BIG IDEA, followed by questions from a panel of judges and audience members.   Pitches will be followed by a mixer where attendees can talk with the finalists, mix with other audience members including, judges, mentors, and both past and current Big Ideas participants.  Pitch Round winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event.

Friday, April 13, 2012
B100 Blum Hall (Plaza Level)
UC Berkeley
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Refreshments will be provided

The Big Ideas @ Berkeley Initiative provides funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have "big ideas.”
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Grand Prize Finalists (Alpha order)

Assessing Hemoglobin Levels in Resource-Poor Settings addresses the challenge of measuring hemoglobin levels cheaply and rapidly in order to mitigate risks associated with anemia.

Light From Below designs easy-to-build lamps from accessible materials and powered by “earth energy” in order to bring light to the poorest, darkest, and remote places of Panama.

Politify is developing the first web application to forecast the financial impacts of political scenarios. Users can determine how a platform or policy will impact their well-being—in dollars.

Smart Building is developing and commercializing an adaptive, real-time, automated energy management solution for existing commercial buildings.

Youth Leadership Now equips youth in West Oakland with photography and research skills in order to critically analyze their community and to tap into their potential to become agents of change.

Scaling Up Finalists (Alpha order)
(The Scaling Up category is for past Big Ideas award winning projects that have since generated excellent results and are in need of additional support to make even greater progress.)

Acopio is developing information systems that enable farmer-owned cooperatives to better manage the data that is vital to managing their operations, accessing financing, and marketing their products.

A Healthy Smile provides free, comprehensive dental care through viable tooth replacements to marginalized and underserved individuals of the East Bay.

Teach For Health is creating model to catalyze the ability of rural low-income villages in Nicaragua to enact their own health and development agendas.

Alexis M. Bucknam, M.A.
Director of Student Programs
Blum Center for Developing Economies
University of California, Berkeley
100 Blum Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
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