De acuerdo BusinessWeek, los estudiantes de la Universidad de Berkeley, California, se la pasan impulsando iniciativas para que sus ideas se conviertan en realidad:
To achieve these aspirations, Kalil has fostered three related initiatives. First, in 2006, he helped launch the Big Ideas contest at Berkeley in collaboration with the student government and various research centers across Berkeley's campus. With seed funding provided by Pierre Omidyar's Network Enzyme Program and support from companies such as AT&T (T), the contest has become an annual event, offering students $170,000 in prizes to come up with creative ideas for tackling "grand challenges."
Second, Kalil helped organize the Big Ideas @ Berkeley Marketplace, an online forum, to increase the visibility of promising ideas and connect specific student projects with interested alumni and potential donors to make tax-deductible donations and in-kind contributions.
Third, he has gathered resources to help mentor, coach, and inspire student leaders. Kalil always asks students what they would do if they were no longer limited by their resources, which encourages them to think on a larger scale. He also works with a large network of individuals and institutions, both on and off campus, to help with strategic planning, fundraising, and recruiting additional partners.
Más allá de la ventaja que representa estar en un país con un montón de billetes buscando un destino, no deja de sorprender la capacidad de esta gente para agregar valor a partir del uso inteligente de las tecnologías para la colaboración. Mientras en nuestro país las tesis de grado o postgrado son, en su mayoría, un obstáculo incómodo para obtener el título habilitante -y, en algunos casos, patente de corso- estos muchachos aprovechan internet para generar un mercado de ideas altamente eficiente.