The Big Ideas @ Berkeley Initiative provides funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have "big ideas." Since its founding in 2006, UC Berkeley's annual "Big Ideas" prize contest has inspired innovative and high-impact student projects aimed at solving the world's most pressing problems. By seeking out and supporting smart and promising new ideas, Big Ideas has produced remarkable results. Visit their website for more details: http://bigideas.berkeley.edu/ FYI – Prof. Jamie O'Connell is familiar with the program and can attest to its value. He chairs the Board of Directors of an NGO, International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone, which got its start with seed money from this competition a few years ago.
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