Author: Devra Sisitsky

Amazing Workshop Wonderland: Youtuber Visits MakerspaceCT

Alan Mandic is a Custom Auto Fabricator and Auto Technician from East Hampton, MA. On the side, he runs a YouTube channel as The HotRod Hippie. He posts Automotive, Motorcycle, Metal shaping, and general Fabrication videos. He offers Tips and Tool Reviews, Demonstrations and Shop Tours for anyone interested in cars or DIY work.

On Friday, September 20, 2019, he visited MakerspaceCT for a shop tour and filmed one of his episodes here for his 13,000+ subscribers. The video is a comprehensive look inside MakerspaceCT, with a deep dive into each our shops — Woodshop, Machine Center, Metal Fabrication, Digital Fabrication, Textiles and Computer Lab. He also gives an inside look at what our welding class is like and our member Mike talks about the benefits of having access to the shops, tools and community at MakerspaceCT.

Watch The Video:

Behind-The-Scenes Look at the video shoot:

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Made@MCT: Flaschen Taschen

Over the course of three months, members, volunteers and staff at MakerspaceCT created our own interpretation of Noisebridge Hackerspace’s Flaschen Taschen, a grid of 1,575 glass soda bottles filled with individually addressable color-changing LEDs to create a giant, low-resolution interactive art piece.

Thanks to Avery’s Soda in New Britain, we assembled the components necessary to realize this project here at MakerspaceCT. The project was launched on June 21, 2019 during National Week of Making and is now completed as of September 13, 2019.

MakerspaceCT’s Flaschen Taschen had its public debut at Small State Great Beer in Hartford on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Now that the project is completed, the display will be open for tinkering and hacking at our space. We hope to make the display available for more public events in the future as well.

Want to come see it in person? Book your visit today!



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Grand Opening For MakerspaceCT Set For April 13th

RSVP for the Grand Opening here.

On Friday, March 1st, MakerspaceCT kicked off its final phase of construction in the former G. Fox building on Main Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

MakerspaceCT will be the largest makerspace in Connecticut and the 2nd largest in New England. Prospective inventors, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and students across the region will be empowered with access to tools, technology, resources and learning opportunities.

Executive Director, Devra Sisitsky, proudly announced that the grand opening will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, the culmination of five years of planning and hard work.

“This is the kind of project that takes a lot of people, a lot of energy and a lot of big brains,” said Sisitsky at the gathering of supporters, donors, business leaders and dignitaries. She shared the podium with Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Senator Richard Blumenthal.

“We found a supportive community here in Hartford and we are very grateful to be here,” Sisitsky said. “Mayor Luke Bronin has been my champion throughout this entire journey.”

Hartford has worked hard to position itself to be at the forefront of the industrial revolutions that are happening today — most recently in the areas of Insurtech, advanced manufacturing, digital health and social enterprise. As many as fifty to seventy startups from around the world are attracted to the Hartford area each year to participate in accelerators hosted by Startup Bootcamp, Stanley Black and Decker and many others.

“This space is a vital addition to the innovation ecosystem in Hartford,” said Bronin. “It helps ensure that our community, our residents, our neighbors who have the vision to start a business or invent something, that they have a place to do it. The fact that MakerspaceCT is also committed to an educational mission is also vitally important.”

MakerspaceCT will offer a range of courses, and will collaborate with local colleges and schools. Courses will enable students, entrepreneurs, women, innovators and anyone interested in learning and using tools for developing prototypes and innovations the opportunity to use on-site equipment and materials, working with on-site professionals.

Susan Bysiewicz echoed the excitement about the potential for economic development and education.

“What’s exciting about this space is that young people are here and hopefully more will want to come to downtown Hartford,” she said. “I see it as a way to revitalize our cities. The potential is in this space to grow great new businesses, great new ideas and a better Connecticut.”

When MakerspaceCT opens in April, it will provide access to tools and technology for local inventors, innovators, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and students. It is a springboard for innovation, and a new way to boost careers and interest in traditional and advanced manufacturing, technology, hardware development and preparation to function in Industry 4.0.

“Making things has always been in Connecticut’s DNA. What will you make?” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, referring to the slogan printed on the side of the podium on the event stage. “That’s the challenge we are facing in our nation today. What will we be making better than anyone else? The answer is in this room. If there is one part of this space that is important above other, it is the opportunity for skills training.”

At MakerspaceCT, instructors will provide introductory classes on subjects including Arduino Microcontroller, Raspberry Pi, 3D Printing and 3D Scanning. Some have already been offered, even in advance of the formal opening of the facility. CTNext/Innovation Places provided a grant in 2018 that supported scholarships for Connecticut residents to take free maker workshops led by skilled professionals. Already, more than 120 individuals have been thru courses or are scheduled to complete courses this year.

“It is these types of dynamic spaces that allow collaboration and innovation to happen,” said Glendowlyn Thames of CTNext. “We look forward to continuing the partnership we have with MakerspaceCT.”

To Celebrate the Grand Opening, MakerspaceCT will hold a Community Day from 10:30am – 4pm on Saturday, April 13th.

Media Coverage of the Kick-Off Event:

Biggest makerspace in Connecticut to open in Hartford this spring

(Hartford Courant) MakerspaceCT, the 20,000-square-foot manufacturing and innovation lab soon to open in the basement of the historic G. Fox Building downtown, will help Connecticut write the next chapter of its legacy as a home to makers, creators and inventors, organizers said Friday. Read The Article

MakerspaceCT Community Coming to Hartford

(NBC Connecticut) The historic G. Fox building in Hartford is getting new life. It will soon be MakerspaceCT, a place for inventors, manufactures and students—to create and work. “It’s a 20,000-square foot space filled with education, opportunities, equipment and tools,” said Devra Sisitsky, MakerspaceCT founder and executive director. Read The Article

MakerspaceCT Will Soon Foster Innovation in Hartford

(WeHartford) MakerspaceCT recently announced they are in their final kick off stage of their construction phase. Founder of MakerspaceCT, Devra Sisitsky, had a mission to impact lives by enabling access, innovation and education, and now this mission is only weeks away from becoming a reality. Read The Article

MetroHartford Alliance’s Nan Price was gracious enough to include our executive director, Devra Sisitsky, in her article on Industry 4.0 and the leading role that Hartford is taking to capitalize on emerging technologies.

From the article…

“Connecticut, and specifically Hartford, have a rich history and tradition as home to some of the world’s most innovative and successful manufacturing companies. This is something we take great pride in and is a major factor in putting us on the map as a global market,” says MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs.

Industry 4.0 also creates new opportunities in additive manufacturing, explains Devra Sisitsky, Executive Director and Founder MakerspaceCT. “Additive manufacturing is going to revolutionize every aspect of our lives from artist to resident to manufacturer,” she says.

“Looking back, we never thought we would have computers or printers in our homes—or we would ever learn word processing software. Looking forward, we know we’ll have 3D printers in our homes, and we’ll have to learn CAD/CAM software. If our salad tongs break, we’ll be able to put it in a 3D scanner, tweak the design, and then print out a new pair. People don’t understand that this is now. It’s not way in the future,” says Devra.

MakerspaceCT will also play an important role for those looking to become involved with Industry 4.0—as a hobby or a potential business. The Hartford-based workspace provides information and access to tools and technology for local inventors, innovators, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and students.

“With our on-site tools and resources, MakerspaceCT can assist people creating a business related to additive manufacturing or IoT,” explains Sisitsky.

Read the full article here.

Devra Sisitsky Featured in Hartford Magazine

The January issue of Hartford Magazine is celebrating the leaders who bring new business opportunities to Hartford and support the region’s entrepreneurial culture.

MakerspaceCT’s founder and executive director Devra Sisitsky is included in this esteemed group, along with…

✔︎ John Thomas of Community Solutions
✔︎ Glendowlyn L. H. Thames of CTNext
✔︎ Joseph Williams Jr. of Connecticut Small Business Development Center
✔︎ Moraima Gutierrez of the U.S. Small Business Administration

When they say #hartfordhasit….THIS is it! ?

Happy New Year everyone!

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Our Executive Director Devra Sisitsky On The InnovateCT Podcast

Episode 11 of the InnovateCT Podcast focused on the Makerspace movement with Devra Sisitsky of MakerspaceCT. Devra is the driving force and founder of the new makerspace being built in downtown Hartford and scheduled to open Winter 2019! Learn more by listening and following the link below.

To learn more about the InnovateCT podcast and to listen online, click here.

McEIVR, Inc./MakerspaceCT is proud to announce the appointment of Dave S. Christensen To The Board Of Directors And Legacy Council

Press Release Contact:
Devra Sisitsky, Executive Director
McEIVR, Inc/MakerspaceCT
960 Main Street, Hartford, CT, 06103

McEIVR, Inc. Announces The Addition Of Dave S. Christensen To The Board Of Directors And Legacy Council

Hartford, CT — McEIVR, Inc./MakerspaceCT is proud to announce the appointment of Dave S. Christensen, Partner and Additive Manufacturing Practice Group Chair at Cantor Colburn LLP, the fourth largest patent law firm in the country, to its Board of Directors and Legacy.

“We are honored to have Dave join our board and Legacy Council,” said Devra Sisitsky, founder and executive director of McEIVR, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit that is launching MakerspaceCT in 2019. The 20,000+ sf facility, located in the historic G. Fox Building at 960 Main Street in Hartford, will be Connecticut’s largest makerspace open to the public as a community resource. MakerspaceCT will offer education, tools, workspace and mentorship for manufacturing, technological innovation, DIY activities and artistic projects.

“Dave brings value to our organization with his perspective as a mechanical engineer and intellectual property attorney,” said Sisitsky. “The inventors and entrepreneurs we will be serving at MakerspaceCT will benefit from his experience as a patent holder. Protecting intellectual property is an important consideration in these activities, and Dave’s legal experience will be of great value to our members.” Additionally, Mr. Christensen’s presence on the Board and Legacy Council is part of the progressive collaboration between McEIVR, Inc. and Cantor Colburn LLP.

The Legacy Council was created to help McEIVR Inc. sustain a legacy of innovation in Connecticut by assisting in developing strategies for the fiscal sustainability of MakerspaceCT. They provide in-kind services to McEIVR, Inc.including promoting and providing introductions to supporters, customers, investors, foundations, individuals, and corporations.

At Cantor Colburn, Mr. Christensen focuses his practice on assisting clients in protecting their inventions in both U.S. and foreign patent offices in a variety of technical fields, including automotive, electrical power distribution and transmission, renewable energy, and optical measurement systems. He counsels startup to medium sized clients in preparing their portfolios for investment financing and associated due diligence activities and he assists all clients in developing cost effective strategies for building and managing their IP portfolios. Cantor Colburn’s Additive Manufacturing Practice was one of the first in the country, and as its chair, Mr. Christensen leads a team of attorneys experienced in protecting IP rights in innovative additive manufacturing technologies, like 3D printing. This is important because the relative ease of 3D printing makes client innovations especially vulnerable to counterfeiting. The team has assisted companies of all sizes, as well as university technology transfer offices and government research institutions the strategic guidance they need to compete successfully in an evolving market and realize all the opportunities afforded by their IP properties. Before beginning his career as an IP attorney, Mr. Christensen was as an engineer and gained hands-on experience in additive technologies such as 3D printing, manufacturing and product design. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Hartford and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a J.D. from Concord Law School. He is a guest lecturer at the Western New England University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

About Cantor Colburn:
Cantor Colburn LLP is one of the largest full-service IP law firms in the country, with more than 100 attorneys and agents providing counsel to clients around the globe from offices in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston and Detroit. Exceptionally well-versed in a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, the firm’s clients work in a broad spectrum of industries, including chemical, life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical devices, manufacturing, consumer products, energy, software, telecommunications, entertainment, and more. Recent rankings include #4 for U.S. Utility Patents (IP Watchdog), #3 for U.S. Design Patent (Ant-like Persistence), #8 for U.S. Trademark Registrations (Ant-like Persistence), Fastest Growing U.S. Patent Law Firm (Juristat) and Top 100 Law Firms for Minority Attorneys (Law360).

About McEIVR, Inc.
McEIVR, Inc. is the 501(c)3 non-profit launching MakerspaceCT, a community resource, open to the public, offering classes for all types of equipment and tools needed to make or manufacture prototypes, cosplay, hobbyist or artistic projects. The 20,000+ sf facility will be a springboard for innovation and a new way to boost career interest in manufacturing, technology, and hardware development. In addition, the movement is sparking renewed interest for both students and adults in critical STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts, math).The demand for our diverse program has been spurred by strong, recent growth in small business manufacturing, technological innovation, and DIY activities in communities across the United States.

ASTC Annual Conference Brings Visitors From Around The Globe To Connecticut

Mark Mathias, founder of Remarkable STEAM and Maker Faire Westport.

This past weekend, the Connecticut Science Center hosted 1,500 guests from around the world for the annual conference of the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

The meeting, which attracted attendees from as far away as China, was a showcase of the latest technology and education trends and a chance to learn from keynote speakers, such as renowned science journalist Ed Yong.

Representatives from MakerspaceCT were fortunate to take part in the opening Leadership Reception on Friday night, which featured Gov. Dannel Malloy, Connecticut Science Center President Matt Fleury, and Sudhi Bangalore, director of Stanley Black & Decker’s Manufactory in Downtown Hartford.

“I was fascinated by the amount of science and tech options, and educational devices available to libraries and schools.” said MakerspaceCT’s Mark Colbert. “Seeing it all on display in one place is eye-opening.”

While the conference highlighted the benefits of technology, the organizers also made sure to show how low-tech, old-school approaches are still viable today. The exhibit hall also included a large, pop-up makerspace.

“It was great to see the science centers and science teachers understand the value the maker movement and that they are looking to collaborate with makerspaces.” said Devra Sisitky, MakerspaceCT’s executive director.

The event continued through Sunday, offering a global community of STEM educators an environment in which they could forge partnerships with like-minded people and institutions.

“The Connecticut Science Center did an amazing job hosting this event.” said Sisitky. “We were fortunate to have it take place in Hartford.”

Revitalizing Hartford with Connecticut Library Consortium and Greater Hartford BOMA

MakerspaceCT executive director Devra Sisitsky promoted Hartford Revitalization and gave a sneak peek of what’s in store at our 20,000+ space at two recent events.

MakerspaceCT Hosts The Connecticut Library Consortium

Last week, we gave librarians (and fellow makers) from across the state a sneak peek at the buildout of our 20,000+ square foot space.

All were impressed and excited about what we have in store.

Executive Director Devra Sisitsky presents to Greater Hartford BOMA

Changes are happening in Hartford, you can see them throughout the City! And now with MakerspaceCT moving into the old G. Fox building and joining the Hartford community, there will be even more changes happening to the buildings themselves.

MakerspaceCT executive director Devra Sisitsky joined Jamie Brätt, Deputy Director of Development Services for the City of Hartford, for a presentation to the group on the many revitalization efforts happening in Hartford.

Our own John Harris was also on-hand to demo one of our 3D printers.

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The headquarters for the Maker Movement in Connecticut. 

Our mission is to positively impact lives by enabling access, innovation, and education.

Location: 960 Main Street, Hartford, CT.

Operating Hours:
We are open with protocols in place to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Operating Hours are — Tuesday: 12pm-9pm / Wednesday: 12pm-9pm / Thursday: 12pm-9pm / Friday: 12pm-10pm / Saturday: 10am-10pm / Sunday: 10am-6pm / Monday: CLOSED

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER: Check our website homepage or Facebook and Twitter for updates for possible changes to our hours of operation.

Please note: Holiday 2021 schedule:

Wed, Nov 24, 2021: Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Fri, Dec 24, 2021: Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Fri, Dec 31, 2021: Closing at 5:00 p.m.

MakerspaceCT is a program of McEIVR, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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