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Meet the DifferenceMakers

  • KEnDERS Body Armor

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • TopaCan

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Grab a Bite

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Love of the Game

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Expect

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • BioBubbler

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Masela Dentures

    DifferenceMakers

    Masela Dentures creates a low cost alternative to expensive dentures.

  • NerdOnyx

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • SmartEater

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • TermaGreen

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Happy Heart Cart

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Robotic Feeding Arm

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • eNABLE

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Buddies Without Borders

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Fresh Beets

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Solar Electric Vehicles

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Playable Therapy

    DifferenceMakers

    Playable Therapy connects video games and physical therapy.

  • Indoor Hydroponic System

    DifferenceMakers

    Indoor Hydroponic System ensures an optimal environment for plants.

  • 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.

  • ZHUUM

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • OTTOnomous Technology

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Hydraulic Walker

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • invisaWear

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • OmniSense

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Healthy Habits

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Mayday

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Lowell Sprouts

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Security Top

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • PointStick

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Rajia Abdelaziz

    Electrical Engineering and 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.

  • Nonspec

    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • WordPro

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Veteran’s QRF

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Low Income Community Homework Center

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Word Builder

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • BASH

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Treehouse

    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Support Our Students

    DifferenceMakers

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