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UMass Lowell will resume on-campus instruction, research and campus life for Fall 2020. View the plan for more info.

College Competitions

College Competitions

These Events Have Finalized for 2020. Please Check Back in for September 2020 Events.

The Rist DifferenceMaker®  Institute co-sponsors and supports college competitions that emerge from the program each year. Currently, there are two College Competitions taking place this fall 2019.

Digital Federal Credit Union and Manning school of business Innovation Contest

Due to inclement weather, the final presentation event will be rescheduled in the spring 2020 semester. Please stay tuned. 

This contest is open to all UMass Lowell students.

  • The Manning School of Business and Digital Federal Credit Union holds the DifferenceMaker DCU Manning School of Business Innovation Contest each fall semester.
  • This Innovation Contest seeks UMass Lowell students who may have a cutting-edge banking and/or financial innovation which will help drive the future success in the banking industry.
  • At last year's contest (2018), 6 teams pitched at the final contest and the First Place Prize of $500 per team member was awarded to team Chip Away.

Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition

This event has ended. Please check back in fall 2020 and join us at our spring 2020 events!

This competition is open to all UMass Lowell students, however, each team needs to have at least one student on it from the Francis College of Engineering.

  • The Francis College of Engineering holds a Differencemaker Prototyping Competition each fall semester.
  • The Prototyping Competition seeks ideas that can be turned into real products. This competition assists students in thinking about an idea and actually building it into a reality.
  • At last year's competition (2019), 24 teams participated in the competition and the First Place Award of $2,500 was awarded to team Concussion Sensor.