2017 Idea Challenge Kick-Off and Idea Hack

The DifferenceMaker semester has officially begun! We kicked off the semester last night at our Spring 2017 Kick-Off and Idea Hack event at the Saab ETIC Atrium. Over 50 students, varying from freshman year through graduate school, attended. Attendees included students, faculty and staff, from various UMass Lowell colleges. 16174789_1401974719848407_8331833293423487928_n

Steven Tello, Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and Founder of the DifferenceMaker Program, and Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, kicked the night off with a brief introduction to the Program and the Spring 2017 Idea Challenge. Then, Holly Butler, Entrepreneurial Initiative Project Director, interviewed the DifferenceMaker teams, e-Nable and InvisaWear, to share with attendees the opportunities that come with winning the Idea Challenge. Afterword, attendees spent time discussing problems they want to solve, and shared some tentative solutions and strategies.


Refreshments were served, entrepreneurial ideas were brainstormed, and teams were built. This is just the start of an eventful, creative, and innovative Spring 2017 semester!

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Faculty Winter Workshop | January 11, 2017

On Wednesday. January 11, 2017, DifferenceMaker hosted the Faculty Winter Workshop at the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub at 110 Canal St.


Fifteen faculty members from different colleges throughout UMass Lowell attended in order to integrate elements of the DifferenceMaker ideology into their courses and to prepare their students for the $50K Idea Challenge this spring!


Thank you to all those could attend!


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