What is an IdeaLab?

IdeaLabs are multidisciplinary collaborations between UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students working on developing a common application, product, or service.  Big Ideas is interested in supporting like-minded groups in a wide range of areas, including groups that might bring together students in science, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and more.

We are not currently accepting applications.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To ensure your application is reviewed in a timely fashion, email us at idealabs@berkeley.edu once you have submitted your application online.

Key Characteristics of IdeaLabs

Past and current IdeaLabs have focused on a wide range of topics, including: Safe Water, Rural Energy, Climate Change, BioFuels, Point-of-Care Diagnostics, among many others.

While broad in scope and diverse in character, these working groups have similar identifying attributes, as follows:

    • Focused on a broad issue area of global significance to advance human well-being, environmental sustainability, and social justice
    • Advances creative participation and active collaboration within the IdeaLab theme
    • Interdisciplinary participation (minimum 5 team members, from at least 3 different departments/majors)
    • Open to students at all levels (graduate / undergraduate)

How the Blum Center Supports IdeaLabs

    • Seed funding may be available, via an annual application process, for group-related costs such as outreach, speaker fees, meetings and events, and prototyping
    • Meeting space in Blum Hall (subject to availability) for IdeaLab meetings, and Blum Hall room discounts for special events/lectures hosted by IdeaLabs
    • Inclusion in events, mixers, and seminars at the Blum Center
    • Mentorship on IdeaLab processes, program development, and campus-community collaboration
    • Promoting group activities across campus and with Blum Center networks at UC Berkeley, the Bay Area, and beyond

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