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Bill Clinton kicks off 3-day global initiative at UCSD

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SAN DIEGO (CBS8) - When Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, was announced the crowd of Clinton Global Initiative University delegates, along with other attendees, erupted inside the RIMAC Arena on the campus of University of California San Diego.

"I'm very glad we've been able to help people turn their good ideas into positive action," Clinton said, during his opening remarks showcasing come of the success stories from CGI.

Clinton is on his third year pushing the Clinton Global Initiative to help promote small ideas that can change the world, if they get enough support.

"We have documented improvements in the lives of 300-million people in 170 countries," he said.

During the Friday night event he honored the ideas of several students. Those ideas ranged from funding projects for students education in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa; to DoseRight Syringe Clips that ensure the proper dosage of HIV medications.

"Your application to come here, shows that you believe you can make a difference and you wish to do so,"Clinton added.

Eleven-hundred students from across the US and around the world make up the delegates in attendance for the three day event at UCSD.

"Discovery alone and invention alone does not innovation make, and it is innovation where the value add comes in," said Shirley Ann Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic University during a panel discussion.

As the former president tossed questions at the panel the topics ranged from issues about our nations education system, social networking and a first hand account of what a single student idea can do.

"It's a soccer ball that's also a portable generator," said Jessica Matthews, CEO of Uncharted Play while describing her companies product the 'sOckket.'

Matthews has taken the idea of a soccer ball and the need for power for third world countries and put them together.

"Fifteen minutes of play could power an LED lamp for 3 hours," she explains to the crowd.

There's just under a thousand out in the real world environment right now, but this summer they plan to go into mass production into the tens of thousands.

"They have the power to read at night, clean their water, store their food properly," added Matthews.

For students taking part in the three day event, Matthews story alone sends a strong message of what is possible.

"I think it's really cool because she said it was a student idea and it just shows that any one of us could have an idea that could change the world like that," said Meggie Le.

"You realize that there are so many people over the world that has the same ideas and desires that you do," said Nana Akowuah.

There was a discussion about technology and the global reach of social networking and mobile technology as well. Paul jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm spoke to the crowd about how in some countries 99-percent of the internet and contact with the outside world is through a cell phone.

The CGI wants to encourage young thinkers to harness the power of technology, science, and life in general and create ways to make the world a better place.

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