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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?

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!

Have an idea? Need resources, knowledge and funding to help you?

Apply Online Today!

Deadline: February 12, 2019

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



$50,000 Idea challenge applications open on Dec. 1!

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.

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • TermaGreen

    TermaGreen is a thermodynamic generator that captures heat and converts it into energy that can be reused.

  • Treehouse

    A website and phone application that connects people with plans, events and small businesses nearby.

  • Project Starfish

    Project Starfish is an effective, non-invasive, and cost-effective prosthetic hand for people with disabilities.

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