A new project that supports other projects, and a way to get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, in today’s post.
1. Students at the University of California – Berkeley have the opportunity to get their projects supported and sponsored by the public through Big Ideas @ Berkeley, launched yesterday. Ideas can be supported through the following means:
- Make financial or in-kind contributions to specific projects
- Sponsor a future “Bears Breaking Boundaries” contest
- Help raise funds (using ChipIn) from their friends and colleagues
- Provide students with advice and connections to potential partners.
Among the projects up on Big Ideas are:
- Augmenting formal schooling in developing countries with mobile learning technology
- Developing smokeless stoves in China and India
- Offering services and supplies to the homeless and low-income in the San Francisco Bay Area
This is a great structure that can be implemented in other places – allowing for youth projects to receive mentoring, funding, and other means of support. Would anyone like to take the lead in setting up such a venture in their area?
2. As part of their running Staying Alive campaign, MTV has launched Vlogit, a contest to encourage activism for HIV/AIDS through the media.
Youths aged 16-25 are invited to send in a proposal for a 3-5 minute video talking about HIV and AIDS. Those with selected proposals will be given a video camera to shoot their clip, which will then be aired on MTV.
Deadline is 31st December 2006, so apply now!
Links in Post:
- University of California – Berkeley
- Big Ideas @ Berkeley
- Big Ideas @ Berkeley: Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE)
- Big Ideas @ Berkeley: Smokeless Stoves: A China-India Technology Transfer
- Big Ideas @ Berkeley: The Suitcase Clinic
- Staying Alive | Vlogit