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Idea Challenge Application

These Event Has Finalized for 2020. Please Check Back in December 2020 for 2021 Event Information.

Thank you for your interest in applying to the $50K Idea Challenge.

To Create a DifferenceMaker Idea Platform Profile:

  1. Log in to the DifferenceMaker Idea Platform
  2. Click on the Create Profile button
  3. Complete your profile:
    • If you are the team captain, select TeamMaker
    • If you are looking to join a team, select TeamSeeker
    • If you are not sure whether you're a TeamMaker or TeamSeeker, select New Profile
    • Each team member will need to create a profile. 

To Apply to the Idea Challenge:

  1. Apply to the Idea Challenge Online
    • NOTE: only team captains will be able to apply
  2. Once all team members have joined, click on the applications link
  3. Click on the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge button
  4. Select the team to apply
  5. Complete the form and click the submit button

NOTE: If team captains need to be reassigned, please contact


You can preview aPDF version of the application but please remember to apply online.

Team Assistance

Do you have a team? Are you seeking specific members with certain skills? Or are you a seeker looking to join a team? Use the TeamMaker Platform!
  • Follow the Current Projects or Current Seekers links to join an existing project team or find team members.


If you have any questions please email: or stop by DifferenceMaker Central on North Campus located in Suite 012 of the Lydon Library right next to Starbucks!