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DifferenceMaker Program

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

Teams by the Numbers

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

Apply to the 2019 $50,000 Idea Challenge Today!

Do you have an idea that could make a difference in the community or world? Please apply to the $50,000 Idea Challenge today!

Don't have an idea but want to get involved?


Application close: February 12, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Apply Online Today!


Building A Team

Do you need help building up a team for the $50,000 Idea Challenge

Please visit our TeamMaker website.

Real-Life DifferenceMakers

  • Mayday

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

  • 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.

  • QBell

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

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