Berkeley Builds

Social Impact Designathon

April 8-9, 2017

Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley



Berkeley Builds is an annual social innovation designathon on UC Berkeley’s campus that invites students from all academic disciplines to implement sustainable solutions for non-profit organizations that tackle social issues both domestically and internationally. Over the weekend, interdisciplinary teams of students will work directly on problems faced by our non-profit partners, and winning teams often go on to implement their solutions with their non-profit after Berkeley Builds. Berkeley Builds is a collaboration between a diverse group of student-run organizations at UC Berkeley focused on a range of topics, from poverty alleviation to technology to non-profit consulting, and we are united by our vision to bring Berkeley students together to address real problems.

Innovate, collaborate, and create for the following nonprofits


Who can attend?

Any UC Berkeley student, regardless of major or prior experience, can attend Berkeley Builds 2017.

Does this cost money?

Nope! Admission is free and includes food, workshops, and swag!

When is the application due?

The application is due on April 4th!

How do I get there?

Berkeley Builds 2017 will be at Sutardja Hall, UC Berkeley. Your team will work in our event’s design space, which includes Blum 100 and Blum 101.

What should I bring?

Other than a personal laptop, participants aren’t required to bring any materials to Berkeley Builds. We will offer markers, whiteboards, snacks, pens, pencils, and other tools at the event for your teams to use!

How do teams work?

Each team will have a maximum of 4 people, and we strongly encourage applicants to apply as interdisciplinary teams in order to be successful at this event. If you do not have a team but wish to join one, don't worry! We will have a mixer at the beginning of the event where you can form teams with other students assigned to the same non-profit.

Is there a schedule?

Yes, check it out here.

What if I have another question?

Feel free to message us on Facebook if you’re in any way confused or concerned about anything about the event! We’d love to help you out :)


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