Social Impact Un-Pitch Day 2019

Special Event | September 26 | 6-8 p.m. | 202 South Hall

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Hosted by the Center for Technology, Society, and Policy and the Information Management Student Association.

Join CTSP and IMSA to brainstorm ideas for projects that address the challenges of technology, society, and policy.

We welcome students, community organizations, local municipal partners, faculty, and campus initiatives to discuss discrete problems that project teams can take on over the course of this academic year. Teams will be encouraged to apply to CTSP to fund their projects.


6:10 pm Introductions from IMSA and CTSP 6:15 pm Example Projects 6:20 pm Sharing Un-Pitches (3 minutes per Un-Pitch) 7:10 pm Mixer (with snacks and refreshments) Un-Pitches
Un-Pitches are meant to be informal and brief introductions of yourself, your idea, or your organizationâs problem situation. Un-pitches can include designing technology, research, policy recommendations, and more. Students and social impact representatives will be given 3 minutes to present their Un-Pitch. In order to un-pitch, please share 1-3 slides, as PDF and/or a less than 500-word descriptionâat this email: You can share slides and/or description of your ideas even if you arenât able to attend. Deadline to share materials: midnight September 25th, 2019.

Funding Opportunities
The next application round for fellows will open in November. CTSPâs fellowship program will provide small grants to individuals and small teams of fellows for 2019. CTSP also has a recurring offer of small project support.

Prior Projects & Collaborations
Here are several examples of projects that members of the I School community have pursued as MIMS final projects or CTSP Fellow projects (see more projects from 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019).

A team of MIMS students partnered with a local non-profit working with vulnerable populations to build their information and communication capacity: Yakap

A team of MIMS students and an I School PhD student worked in collaboration with a local organization to conduct a needs assessment and system recommendation around âmatchingâ unhoused people to appropriate services: Coordinated Entry System Research and Development for a Continuum of Care in Northern California

A team of first and second year MIMS students and an I School PhD student partnered with a local organization to study the workings of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission. This project culminated in a report presented to the commission and multiple tools designed as a resource for cities and citizens:ÂIncreasing Transparency into the Capabilities of Surveillance and Policing Technologies

A team of MIMS students, partnered with an international non-profit and traveled to Nepal to conduct user research in support of the design of a sociotechnical data collection system: Matri-Raksha: Digital Data Collection for Maternal and Perinatal Healthcare in Rural Nepal

Skills & Interests of Students
The above projects demonstrate a range of interests and skills of the I School community. Students here and more broadly on the UC Berkeley campus are interested and skilled in all aspects of where information and technology meets people â from design and data science, to user research and information policy.

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