DifferenceMakerTM is a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thank you Kim and Brian Rist '77, Manning School of Business, for supporting the DifferenceMaker Program with a generous contribution and the establishment of the Rist DifferenceMaker Institute.

Teams by the Numbers

  • $5 Million

    Raised By Teams

  • 40

    Companies Formed By Teams

  • 11

    Teams Patents Filed or Issued

A team demonstrates their entry at the DifferenceMaker 2014 Francis College of Engineering Prototyping Competition.

$50K Idea Challenge Applications Close Feb. 11!

Do you have an idea you want to pursue? Do you see a problem you want to solve? Do you want to make a social impact in the world? Apply to DifferenceMaker by Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. Don't have an idea but want to get involved? Email: DifferenceMaker@uml.edu

Student standing on stage at a DifferenceMaker event

Attend the DifferenceMaker 2022 Kick-off Idea Hack!

Do you have an idea, want to meet new people, and make a difference in the world? Attend the Kick-off Event to learn more about DifferenceMaker, meet past DifferenceMaker students, and participate in a creative, hands-on activity! Register online
Date: Jan. 25, 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Saab Center, Perry Atrium

Are you a DifferenceMaker?

Do you have an idea? Do you see a problem you want to solve? Do you want to make a difference in your community, or in the world? Do you want to join a team and work with other students? Sound like you?

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Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • Cyborg

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

  • TrueFIT, Rist Campuswide DifferenceMaker

    The TrueFIT design can be used to help employees in various industries, like construction, healthcare, and more.

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