University of California, or UC, Berkeley has appointed Dickson Mushabe, the chief executive officer of Hostalite to the judging panel for the 2018-2019 Big Ideas Competition.
Launched in 2006, Big Ideas is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.”
The powerful innovation competition, sponsored by notable institutions like the Autodesk Foundation, USAID, the Andrew & Virginia Rudd Family Foundation, sees winners bag up to US$300,000 in prizes every year.
The Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day is always held in April, according to the organization’s website and last year it was held on Wednesday, April 25 at UC Berkeley’s Blum Hall.
Makerere University was represented by nine innovative projects, solving problems in the agriculture and health sectors. Big Ideas also accepts applications from innovators with projects tackling challenges in the energy sector, education sector, art and social change, connected communities among others.
Speaking to SautiTech about how he would benefit from this new deal, Dickson Mushabe said he’ll get an opportunity to “network with like-minded professionals around the globe”; it earns him recognition as “international judge and mentor”, and he’ll also interact and mentor students at UC Berkley plus being part of the team that will “see the wonderful innovations come to life.”
Mushabe, who is also an author, has played a significant role in the Ugandan startup and technology stem through creating innovative solutions and serving on the board of one of the strongest ICT associations in the country, ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU).
He was also, in 2018, recognized by the CEO Global’s Titans: Building Nations, 2018 Awards for his contribution to the ICT sector in Africa.