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2017 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition

Ideas Are Great, But We Want You To Build It!

This program is supported by the Francis College of Engineering and the DifferenceMaker program.

 The Competition

Do you have a great idea? Are you wondering if it can be turned into a real product that customers would buy and use? If so, then this is for you: a competition to push you to think about an idea and bring it to life. Welcome to the 2017 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition!

What is the difference between this competition and other innovation and entrepreneurship competitions on campus? This competition is more than just generating an idea; it is about generating a product - whether it is a mechanical/electrical device, a software application, or an integrated system. After all, ideas are great but we want you to build it! We will provide the resources to make it happen, so you can make a difference!


Applicants must be students (graduate or undergraduate) at UMass Lowell and at least one team member must be from the Francis College of Engineering. Students are encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams with all team members taking part in developing the Proposal and Prototype. Also, teams should identify a faculty advisor from Engineering. 

 Important Dates

  • Registration Opens - September 26, 2017
  • Registration Deadline - October 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.
  • Executive Summary Due - November 9, 2017 at 5 p.m.
  • Final Competition Day - December 4, 2017 from 3-9 p.m. (Saab ETIC, Atrium, North Campus)

 Registration / Application and Deadlines

  • Create a team using the TeamMaker platform
  • After you have created a team, apply to the College Competition under "Manage" in the TeamMaker platform.
  • Once your application is approved, then you can submit an executive summary via the TeamMaker platform.
  • A Poster (use this template) and a Prototype are required to be displayed on the night of the Competition.
  • Engineering students can send an email to: to set up an appointment to print their poster. 
  • Questions? Please email: Kelly Guy


Executive summaries will be submitted online in the TeamMaker platform. Teams submitting plans past the deadline will not be included in the Competition.

Available Resources

Teams that submit a proposal by the deadline are eligible to submit receipts of expenses incurred in their prototype design. A maximum of $100 will be reimbursed, with valid expenses including material costs, equipment rental, etc. Note that student teams must approach Engineering faculty and/or technical staff for the use of laboratory facilities (if necessary) in their designs and prototyping. Additionally, all registered teams will be invited to attend DifferenceMaker events during the semester to learn relevant skills and techniques, from idea generation to writing a business plan.


  • $1,000 award for 1st place team
  • $750 award for 2nd place team
  • $500 award for 3rd place team
  • $250 award for the people choice team (crowd voting)


 2016 Winners

  • The First Place Award of $1,000 went to "Project Starfish", a non-invasive and cost effective prosthetic hand for people with disabilities. 
  • Team: Travis Kessler, Christopher Johnson, Gregory Dorian, and Maxwell Roy
  • Graduate Level Winner of $1,000 went to "Cyborg", a hybrid musical instrument that can turn any object into a touch sensitive musical instrument.
  • Team: Jishnu Menon Asokakumar, Ram Das, Adam Ferguson, ChandraSekhar Kolli, and Dhiren Rathod
  • The Second Place Award of $750 went to “Breezy”, a real-time air monitoring system that can be checked through your phone or online.
  • Team: Anne Faber
  • The Third Place Award of $500 went to “BASH - Biodigester Aided Solutions in Haiti”, a project to promote the implementation of biodigester technology in Cayes, Haiti. 
  • Team: Michael Doane, Nicole Belanger, Owen Gannon, Alanna Grondine, and Jeff Beck
  • Honorable Mention Award of $250 went to “Multi-Dose Autoinjector”, a device that allows multiple injections of a drug without disposal of the syringe between each dosage. 
  • Team: Michelle Nguyen, Angelina Nguyen, Anthony Vo, Dalton Brisbois, and Herrick Fernandes

Thank you to the 2016 judges!