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Idea Challenge Events

Please join us at our 2017 events!

These events will help you learn more about the DifferenceMaker Program, moving your project forward and building your team. Additionally, you will get to meet helpful faculty and staff.

If possible, try to attend the workshops. Attending these workshops will give you a better understanding of your project/idea problem, opportunity, solution and resources. They will also assist in building your team and increase your chances of winning the 2017 $50K Idea Challenge!

Pizza and soda will be served at all events.

2017 Event Dates

Date & Time Event Location
December 1, 2016 2016 Idea Challenge Application Opens Register here

January 11 

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

2017 Winter Faculty 


Innovation Hub

110 Canal St, Lowell, MA

Register here

January 24 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

2017 Idea Challenge

Kick-Off and Idea Hack

Saab ETIC Atrium, North Campus

RSVP with your name, 

major, and year in school to

February 13 

5 p.m.

Idea Challenge Application


Submit online

February 15

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Workshop 1: Identifying


Lydon Library, Room 110, North Campus

February 22 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Workshop 2: Assessing 

Opportunities and Value


Lydon Library, Room 110, North Campus

February 27

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Workshop 3: Developing

Business Models

Lydon Library, Room 110, North Campus

March 1

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Workshop 4: Delivering

Your Rocket Pitch

Lydon Library, Room 110, North Campus

March 6

5 p.m.

Idea Plan Due Submit Online

March 8

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking 101 University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260A
March 22-24, & 27-30

Rocket Pitch Coaching

With DifferenceMaker


DifferenceMaker Central,

Lydon Library, Suite 012

To schedule a meeting, please email

March 31

5 p.m.

Revised Idea Plan, Rocket

Pitch PPT Presentation, and 

Poster Due

Idea Plan: Submit Online

PPT Pitch and Poster: Email to

April 5

1:30 - 6 p.m.

Preliminary Pitch-Off

O'Leary Library, 1st Floor, South Campus

April 19

5 - 8:30 p.m.

2017 DifferenceMaker 

$50K Idea Challenge

University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260