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DifferenceMaker Program

DifferenceMaker® is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Teams by the Numbers

Are you a DifferenceMaker® ?

Do you have an idea?
Do you see a problem you want to solve?
Do you want to make a difference in your community, or in the world?
Do you want to join a team and work with other students?
Sound like you? Get involved!
A team demonstrates their entry at the DifferenceMaker 2014 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition.

Apply to the 2019 $50,000 Idea Challenge Today!

Do you have an idea that could make a difference in the community or world? Please apply to the $50,000 Idea Challenge today!

Don't have an idea but want to get involved?


Application close: February 12, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Apply Online Today!


Building A Team

Do you need help building up a team for the $50,000 Idea Challenge

Please visit our TeamMaker website.

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • Spread the Love

    Spread the Love is an online platform that would consist of personalized lesson plans for struggling schools that cannot afford the resources that they need.

  • Lowell Sprouts

    Lowell Sprouts is an organization that utilizes school gardens as a way to educate middle school children about the importance of sustainable, organic agriculture. Lowell Sprouts entered the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge and won first place in the “Sustainable Environment” category, a $3,500 award.

  • Indoor Hydroponic System

    Indoor Hydroponic System ensures an optimal environment for plants.

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