Big Bang! Competition Brings New Agriculture and Education Tech

Sponsors and competitors gathered on Thursday to hear the Big Bang! business competition finalists, who were vying for more than $60,000 in awards.

Big Bang! started 17 years ago when graduate students at UC Davis requested a competition to assist in making ideas into business models. This year saw 70 groups participating in the eight-month-long program, which helps match groups to missing team members.

Biomedical, Food/Ag and Social Enterprise Innovations Make a Big Bang!

Berkeley-based Reach 1600 Foundation received the $3,000 Global Poverty Alleviation Award presented by the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies. Reach 1600 has developed a free, adaptive SAT prep program for students from underserved communities that the foundation’s marketing director, Rosie Fan, describes as one solution in “the fight for equal access to resources for higher education.”

Reach 1600 Foundation in the UC Berkeley Big Ideas Competition

Reach 1600 Foundation provides free, adaptive SAT preparation for students in underserved communities. The organization collects and analyzes data on students’ academic strengths and areas of growth, as well as their psychological assets and needs.

UCSF and UC Berkeley teams win IT for Society category of Big Ideas Competition 2017

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute are pleased to announce four winners in the ‘IT for Society’ category of the annual Big Ideas competition. This category recognizes student ideas that demonstrate the capacity of information technology to address a significant societal challenge.  Selected from a competitive pool of more than 45 proposals from 8 UC campuses, these innovative projects shared a total of $20,000 in prizes.