2016-17 Big Ideas Contest
Big Ideas is an annual innovation contest that provides funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have creative solutions to address important social challenges. Each year, the contest awards up to $300,000 in prizes. Since its founding in 2006, the competition has inspired over 1,300 student-led projects aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems.
Online Information Sessions (Pacific Time)
September 27 – 6:00pm | October 12 – 3:00pm
Watch online on our website
Wondering if your idea is a good fit for the contest? Chat with a Big Ideas advisor!
Schools within the University of California system are eligible to compete in the following 8 categories:
- Art & Social Change
- Energy & Resource Alternatives
- Financial Inclusion
- Food Systems
- Global Health
- Hardware for Good
- Information Technology for Society
- Scaling Up Big Ideas