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Meet the DifferenceMakers

  • ETRALock

    ETRALock is a team focused on helping individuals with physical limitations, get into their homes using smart locks with simple proximity activation.

  • OTTOnomous Technology

    OTTOnomous Technology is a novel solution for replacing camshafts in car engines with electro-mechanical actuators.

  • Spread the Love

    Spread the Love is an online platform that would consist of personalized lesson plans for struggling schools that cannot afford the resources that they need.

  • SmartEater

    SmartEater is an Automated Diet Monitoring (ADM) System designed to help people manage their dietary behavior.

  • DigiBank

    DigiBank is a software solution that aims to rid the world of pocket change.

  • Protected Pin

    Protected Pin is a software that randomly generates a new user PIN each time the banking app is accessed, creating safety and security for each user.

  • Michael Doane
    Chemical Engineering, Biology

    Honors student Michael Doane has won several prestigious fellowships and scholarships for his cancer-related and biofuel research. He says UMass Lowell does a great job of structuring both classes and learning experiences that build on one another.

  • Andre Ragel

    Ever since moving to Lowell from the Philippines with his mom as a child, Andre Ragel has embraced a sink-or-swim attitude – one that carried the business administration major through a busy first year on campus.

  • QBell

    QBell is a mobile application that improves upon the current nursing call bell system.

  • Roma Aurora
    Management Information Systems & Marketing

    Roma Aurora has become a strong and valued presence on campus, from her roles as president of both the Manning Leaders Council and Marketing Society, to her ambassador work for both international students and student alumni, to her participation in the DifferenceMaker Program.

  • Tan Nhat Huynh
    Marketing, International Business

    UMass Lowell was love at first sight for business major Tan Nhat Nuynh, a native of Vietnam, who is making the most of his opportunities in and out of the classroom.

  • Mayday

    Mayday upon activation can reach all emergency contacts in just a tap.


    Over Terrain Tactical Scuba Personnel Delivery Service crafted a solution to New England’s unforgiving terrain by creating a device that would either assist by moving the diver’s gear for them, or even moving the diver into the dive spot that they need to reach.

  • VotED

    VotED works to put the knowledge back into the user’s hands and create a platform that gives all of the information necessary on upcoming candidates and elections.

  • Mass Heartbeat

    Mass Heartbeat is an organization focused on screening children and young adults for heart conditions and anomalies to ensure they seek treatment before any undiscovered issues occur.

  • OmniSense

    OmniSense is performance tracking for athletes, giving users a low cost option of tracking lifting metrics.

  • Happy Heart Cart

    Happy Heart Cart is a program that provides advanced therapeutic and holistic practices to improve patient stays in adult hospitals

  • KEnDERS Body Armor

    KEnDERS Body Armor is a new design for sports equipment using shear-thickening fluids.

  • Cyborg

    Cyborg is a hybrid, cost effective, musical instrument, which has the ability to transform any object into a touch sensitive musical instrument.

  • TopaCan

    TopaCan is a product development company whose first product turns any empty can into an environmentally friendly way to dispose of cigarette butts.

  • Benji Ball

    Benji Ball, the 2019 Capus-wide DifferenceMaker, is a baseball training tool for children that is composed of a bat and ball with the ball having multiple sides, each side showing the different outcome of an at bat.

  • Word Builder

    Word Builder is a fun toy that helps build a reading foundation for children.

  • EV SmarT

    EV SmarT wants to create a charge sharing platform, where electric vehicle users can open up their home charging stations to other users, extending their ride times past what they are able to obtain today.

  • Tyler Cote
    Political Science & Criminal Justice

    Honors student Tyler Cote helped start an award-winning nonprofit, co-authored research papers and interned with a Washington think tank, all while completing two majors.

  • Nonspec

    Nonspec participated in the first annual DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge where they received the prestigious title of “The Campus Wide DifferenceMaker” and the top award of $5,000.


    ZHUUM is a mobile application platform aimed at helping owners across the food service industry drive out inefficiencies and reduce wait times.

  • The CAT Mat

    The CAT Mat brings the outdoors in, with a mat that will allow physical therapists to treat their patients’ deficits throughout the body, from the musculoskeletal system to sensory systems.

  • Solar Electric Vehicles

    Solar Electric Vehicles allow people to travel by the energy of the sun.

  • BASH

    BASH plans to create and implement a new waste management system for the city of Les Cayes, Haiti.

  • Playtlist

    Playtlist is dedicated to helping those with dietary restrictions work around their food restrictions when eating out.

  • Breezy

    Breezy is a real-time air quality-monitoring device, which can be tracked through its cell phone application or online website.

  • Operation250

    Operation250 is an online platform consisting of an educational website, engaging videos and a large social media presence, focused on educating both young adolescents, parents and educators on how to prevent radical extremist recruitment.

  • ClassRoots

    ClassRoots is an organization striving to facilitate connections between students in the classroom and to share this with their instructors.

  • Expect

    Expect is an application that facilitates communication between referring facilities/emergency medical services and accepting inpatient/emergency units.

  • eNABLE

    eNABLE is an international organization that makes 3D printed prosthetic hands for children in need.

  • SASS

    SASS, also known as Solo-Adventurer Safety System, provides reliable GPS tracking and communication with a timed checking system to make sure the adventurer is always safe.

  • Hydraulic Walker

    The Hydraulic Walker utilizes hydraulics, allowing for the legs to be quickly adjusted, so that it can be used on stairs.

  • Project Starfish

    Project Starfish is an effective, non-invasive, and cost-effective prosthetic hand for people with disabilities.

  • Indoor Hydroponic System

    Indoor Hydroponic System ensures an optimal environment for plants.

  • Treehouse

    A website and phone application that connects people with plans, events and small businesses nearby.

  • Peter Larsen
    Biology & Biotechnology

    The Honors College offered Peter Larsen a chance to explore outside his major, giving him a true liberal arts education and changing his career plans. Then DifferenceMaker helped him realize his dream of providing unique and inexpensive prosthetic hands to kids.

  • Rajia Abdelaziz
    Electrical Engineering, Computer Science

    Rajia Abdelaziz wants to run her own smart jewelry company – a goal that’s well within reach thanks to a research co-op and involvement with the Society of Women Engineers.

  • Rachel Silk
    Marketing and Entrepreneurship

    Manning School of Business student Rachel Silk landed a professional co-op as a marketing events coordinator that has helped shape her future career plans.

  • PointStick

    In the finals of the Idea Challenge the judges awarded PointStick, a product that gives tactile and kinesthetic feedback to patients for both correct spinal alignment and breathing mechanics, second place in the “First to Market” award category.

  • NerdOnyx

    NerdOnyx is a web-based learning tool that will provide articles, videos and other resources to enhance the learning of engineering students and help bridge the gap between the classroom and the industry.

  • WordPro

    WordPro is a vocabulary builder aimed at high school students learning a second language.

  • Benjamin McEvoy
    Finance & Entrepreneurship

    Benjamin McEvoy has been racking up wins as a DifferenceMaker competitor with partner Edward Morante and their idea for an inclusive combination of baseball and cricket, Benji Ball.

  • invisaWear

    invisaWear is a discrete wearable device that connects to a smart phone that sends an emergency alert to predetermined contacts when the wearer is in need.

  • USe Cart

    USe Cart is a smart shopping cart that makes shopping faster and easier for customers, pushing self-checkout to a new level.

  • Security Top

    Security Top is a reusable bottle cap designed for the purpose of increasing the prevention of contaminates entering a bottled beverage.

  • Low Income Community Homework Center

    Low Income Community Homework Center plans to improve test scores and the graduation rate of high school students.

  • BioBubbler

    The BioBubbler is made from indigenous material and does not require chemicals or electricity to use. It is a slow sand filtration system that eliminates bacteria in water by absorption, predation, natural death and oxygen depletion.

  • Bar Scene

    Bar Scene is a mobile app that serves as a one stop shop for all things night-life and entertainment.

  • Playable Therapy

    Playable Therapy connects video games and physical therapy.

  • Robotic Feeding Arm

    After a three minute rocket pitch to a panel of alumni judges Philip Colangelo's Robotic Feeding Arm was awarded first place in the “Innovative Technology” category, $3,500 award.

  • TermaGreen

    TermaGreen is a thermodynamic generator that captures heat and converts it into energy that can be reused.

  • Iron Legion

    Iron Legion, the 2018 Campus-wide DifferenceMaker, is a team aiming to expand the effective use of drone technology in emergency response, particularly with police departments.

  • UML Green Roofs

    UML Green Roofs is attempting to provide secure green outdoor locations for the students at UMass Lowell.

  • Daniel Schmith
    Entrepreneurship and Finance

    Daniel Schmith knows how to pace himself on the cross country and track teams. But when it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s full speed ahead.

  • Ayah Awadallah
    English, Journalism and Professional Writing; minor in Graphic Design

    Ayah Awadallah is starting an online magazine for young American Muslim women caught between American culture and the tenets of their faith.

  • Bio-Printing with Multimedia Curriculum

    Bio-Printing with Multimedia Curriculum is a cost effective 3D bio-printer for comprehensive and effective use in teaching the emerging science of 3D bio-printing.

  • Guardian

    Guardian is a sensor platform that can attach to any commercially available drone for use in search and rescue operations.

  • Love of the Game

    Love of the Game will unite universities and people with physical and cognitive disabilities through sports.

  • Lowell Sprouts

    Lowell Sprouts is an organization that utilizes school gardens as a way to educate middle school children about the importance of sustainable, organic agriculture. Lowell Sprouts entered the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge and won first place in the “Sustainable Environment” category, a $3,500 award.

  • ECG For Me

    ECG For Me is dedicated to stopping the harsh and fatal effects of an unexpected cardiac event with an integration software for a wearable device that detects underlying heart conditions before they are expected to occur.

  • Veteran’s QRF

    Veteran's QRF is a web platform that will simplify the application process for service connected disability benefits.

  • Personalized Learning

    Personalized Learning is a team that ensures students have the education that’s best for them in their college career by optimizing every student’s academic path.

  • Clot Catch

    Clot Catch is developing a new design to replace the current inferior vena cava (IVC) clot filters that are currently on the market.

  • T.A.P.

    Teach A Pal, otherwise known as T.A.P., is a team dedicated to helping student success through peer involvement.


    RE-VIVE aims to lessen the fatalities associated with the opioid epidemic. The product consists of a wearable auto-injection system to administer Naloxone to those suffering from a drug overdose.

  • Healthy Habits

    At the DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, Healthy Habits won first place in the category “Significant Social Impact,” and was awarded $3,500 to further implement their idea.

  • JamFuze

    JamFuze is a tool that helps both artists and producers to find each other and become more connected for potential success.

  • Support Our Students

    Support our Students (SOS) is a nonprofit organization that addresses the issue of hunger in the UMass Lowell community.

  • Masela Dentures

    Masela Dentures creates a low cost alternative to expensive dentures.

  • Fresh Beets

    Fresh Beets is a food truck and music venue based out of Lowell, Ma. that unites food, music, education, and revelry into one vehicle of change.

  • Grab a Bite

    Grab a Bite received "Fan Favorite" at the Inaugural DifferenceMaker Idea Challenge, pushing them to the final round where they won the title “First to Market” and were awarded $3,500 by the panel of judges.

  • Buddies Without Borders

    Buddies Without Borders aims to bridge the gap between domestic students and international students.


    DEXTER is aiming to help reduce the costs financially and environmentally to fruit farms by improving the efficiency of spraying pesticides on farms, and to helping to reduce the financial strain that comes with dumping the pesticides over their crops.