From Cosmic Log: the University of California, Berkeley, just announced the winners of a $179,000 competition called the Bears Breaking Boundaries Contest. This student contest is actually composed of a number of smaller sub-contests, most of which involve technological innovation of one sort or another to address the world's problems. The areas covered don't include space, but space could (and should) be applied in many of them. The areas are
energy and environment, curricular innovation, neglected diseases, improving student life, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, information technology for society and new collaborations with non-profit organizations.