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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 Online Registration
January 11
8:30 a.m. - Noon
2017 Winter Faculty
Innovation Hub
110 Canal St, Lowell, MA
Online Registration
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
Online Submission
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 Please log into the Manage your TeamMaker page and click on the "Start Idea Plan" link for your project.
March 8
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Networking 101 University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260A
RSVP online Today!
March 22-24 and 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