Big Bang! Awards
First Place: $10,000
The first place winner is selected in a closed-door session prior to the final awards ceremony and announced at the ceremony. Support from our generous sponsors provides the first place award funding.
Second Place: $5,000
The second place winner is selected in a closed-door session prior to the final awards ceremony and announced at the ceremony. Support from our generous sponsors provides the second place award funding.
People’s Choice Award: $2,500
The People’s Choice Award is announced at the final awards ceremony. Audience members vote on their favorite presentation. Support from our generous sponsors provides the People’s Choice Award funding.
Sponsored awards shown below represent awards for the 2014-15 competition. This list will be updated as sponsorships are confirmed for 2015-16.
AARP Foundation Award: $5,000
AARP Foundation will sponsor an award to the team whose business plan best addresses low-income senior (those aged 50+ in households earning less than $48,000 per year) needs: healthier, more affordable food; a home that better allows the occupant to affordably age in place; increased income; or reducing the negative impact of isolation on physical, mental and emotional well-being.
UC Davis Biomedical Innovation Award: $4,200
The Biomedical Innovation Award is given to the team with the top biomedical innovation. This award is co-sponsored by three UC Davis entities including the Office of Research, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the School of Medicine.
UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies — Poverty Alleviation Award: $3,000
The Blum Center Poverty Alleviation Award is given to the team with the best solution for alleviating poverty and that potentially has the largest positive impact on the lives of people in poverty, whether in the developed or developing world.
UC Davis World Food Center — Award for Innovation in Food & Agriculture: $3,000
The World Food Center award is given to the innovation that contributes to strengthening our food system, locally or globally. The focal areas for impact are innovations that improve the energy or water efficiency of how we produce food (from agriculture through food processing) or that advance healthier outcomes from food.
Gary Simon CleanTech Award: $2,500
The Gary Simon CleanTech Award will be awarded to the team addressing today’s most urgent energy and environmental challenges. This award honors the best idea that harnesses renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduces the use of natural resources, and cuts or eliminates emissions and wastes. The recipient of this award will also qualify for inclusion in the National CleanTech Open, with fees waived.
Center for Information Technology Research for the Interest of Society (CITRIS) — Mobile Apps for Societal Impact Award: $4,000
The Big Bang! CITRIS prize will be awarded to a team that has a “social good” focus. Teams may focus their business plan in areas such as civic tech and smart communities; education; energy, climate and the environment; or health.