This event process has concluded for this year. Please check back in December 2018 when the 2019 process is launched. Also, please get involved in our fall 2018 events and competitions!
- The DifferenceMaker Kick-off Idea Hack event has been rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 12th, in the Saab ETIC, Atrium on North Campus from 5:30-7p.m. due to the snow day.
- The $50K Idea Challenge application has been extended to Feb. 19th, due to the snow days.
Join us at our spring 2018 events!
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Idea Challenge Application
Thank you to our 2018 corporate sponsor
Spring 2018 $50K Idea Challenge Information
The UMass Lowell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will be hosting the Sixth Annual DifferenceMaker $50K Idea Challenge this spring 2018. The goal of the Idea Challenge is to engage UMass Lowell students in creative and innovative problem solving around major issues that affect our region and our future.
Student teams will be asked to develop real solutions to real problems. They will then be coached and guided to present a concept proposal for a needed service, product or business that addresses a real world challenge such as climate change, access to health care, support for the arts, cyber security, regional unemployment, etc.
$50,000 in prizes will be awarded to UMass Lowell student teams that present the best ideas and strategies for addressing these timely social and business challenges.
If you have innovative ideas for solving these types of problems, or want to work with others to try to figure this out, please consider forming a student team and enter the 2018 $50K Idea Challenge. All student teams will receive guidance and coaching in refining their concept and final presentation.
The DifferenceMaker $50K Idea Challenge awards ceremony will be held at University Crossing, Moloney Hall, Room 260, on April 25, 2018 from 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Of all deaths due to opioid overdose in Massachusetts in 2017, 17% occurred in Middlesex County. In Lowell, in 2017, 70 deaths occurred due to opioid overdose. Youth between the ages of 12-18 have been identified as an extremely vulnerable demographic for substance abuse.
Circle Health is looking to support an original and innovation prevention platform that will reach teens on their level and ultimately help end this epidemic. $4,500 will be given to the team that best solves this problem. Be sure to apply to the Idea Challengebefore February 19!
Join us at our spring 2018 events to learn more!