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  • Cyborg
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • AFED: Autonomous Foot Exercising Device
    DifferenceMakers

    AFED solves foot pain while also correcting posture.

  • SASS
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • DigiBank
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • JamFuze
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Smart Escape
    DifferenceMakers

    Smart Escape’s mission is to lead people to safety during a fire evacuation.

  • ECG For Me
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • RE-VIVE
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Love of the Game
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

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    ConnectKnee strives to accurately track the recovery of a patient with a knee injury, while saving time and money.

  • Happy Heart Cart
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Mayday
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Playtlist
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Mass Heartbeat
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • DifferenceMakers

    This smart outlet device will save children’s lives.

  • Breezy
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • KEnDERS Body Armor
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Bio-Printing with Multimedia Curriculum
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Solar Electric Vehicles
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Clot Catch
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • USe Cart
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • ClassRoots
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Treehouse
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • DEXTER
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • VotED
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • 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.

  • ZHUUM
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • MissionHydro
    DifferenceMakers

    An innovative way to harness and use hydrogen energy.

  • Project Starfish
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • SmartEater
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Spread the Love
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • EV SmarT
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Word Builder
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Buddies Without Borders
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • Guardian
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Bar Scene
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • eNABLE
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Operation250
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Iron Legion
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Personalized Learning
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • DifferenceMakers

    MyGrow Fabrix is an environmentally friendly solution when growing crops.

  • QBell
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Benji Ball
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • OTTOnomous Technology
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • T.A.P.
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Veteran’s QRF
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Masela Dentures
    DifferenceMakers

    Masela Dentures creates a low cost alternative to expensive dentures.

  • Expect
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Security Top
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • DifferenceMakers

    YPG will aid the COVID-19 pandemic, while also helping the environment.

  • 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.

  • Playable Therapy
    DifferenceMakers

    Playable Therapy connects video games and physical therapy.

  • 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.

  • Living, Green Wall
    DifferenceMakers

    Vertical green walls reduce carbon dioxide and increase oxygen levels.

  • Low Income Community Homework Center
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • UML Green Roofs
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Happy Pinning
    DifferenceMakers

    Happing Pinning is an effective, effortless device that clips clothing together.

  • ETRALock
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • The CAT Mat
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • OmniSense
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • BASH
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Hydraulic Walker
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Protected Pin
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • WordPro
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • OTDSEES
    DifferenceMakers

    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.

  • Support Our Students
    DifferenceMakers

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

  • Indoor Hydroponic System
    DifferenceMakers

    Indoor Hydroponic System ensures an optimal environment for plants.

  • TermaGreen
    DifferenceMakers

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