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DifferenceMaker Program

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

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.

Join us at the 2018 Celebration with guest speaker ron insana!

Save the date and register today for the Annual DifferenceMaker Celebration with dinner, guest speaker Ron Insana, panelists, networking with the Chancellor, alumni, and more!

Date: Wednesday, October 10
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260
Please purchase your ticket by October 1. Students attend for free, but registration is required for all.

Buy Tickets & Register Online


Come to the Differencemaker fall Kickoff!

Join us for a fun, interactive event! Learn more about DifferenceMaker and our 3 college-based competitions, hear from real-life student teams, engage in an ideation activity, meet other students, and network with alumni, faculty and staff! Food will be served.

Date: Monday, Sept. 24
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Saab Center, Perry Atrium, North Campus

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Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • Playable Therapy


    Playable Therapy connects video games and physical therapy.

  • SASS


    SASS, also known as Solo-Adventurer Safety System, provides reliable GPS tracking and communication with a timed checking system to make sure the adventurer is always safe.

  • Playtlist


    Playtlist is dedicated to helping those with dietary restrictions work around their food restrictions when eating out.