The IMPACT of INNOVATION & MAKING on Urban America
Hartford, CT | 11/15/2019


The downtown Hartford location of MakerspaceCT was brimming with makers from throughout the region at the 2019 New England Maker Summit (NEMS) on Friday, November 15, 2019. The Summit brought together experts in city planning, entrepreneurs, educators, manufacturers, Maker Movement industry leaders, and curious minds from across New England for the day-long conference. This year’s theme for the 3rd annual event was "The Impact of Innovation & Making on Urban America."

“It was exciting to host this event at our own location this year,” said MakerspaceCT Executive Director Devra Sisitsky. "This gives us the chance to showcase our new space to individuals who share the same interest in being creative and innovative.”

The full-day event included keynote speeches, an afternoon of breakout tracks, guest speakers and a panel discussion. View all of the content from the event below.

Event Photos



Lee Wellington
Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance


Ilana Preuss
Founder and CEO, Recast City

Dr. Ron Williams
Author of “Turning Makerspaces into Greater Places”

Dorothy Jones-Davis, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Nation of Makers

Steve Heath
Executive Director, FabNewport

Renée Tribert
Project Manager of Making Places at CT Trust for Historic Preservation

Devra Sisitsky and Mark Colbert

Mark Mathias
Founder of Maker Faire Connecticut

Special Guest Speakers:
David Lehman, Luke Bronin and Colin Cooper

Panel Discussion:
"Innovation Success In Downtown Hartford"

Ken Kaplan of New England Motorcycle Museum
Ken shared this video of the process of restoring an abondonded factory into the museum.

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:
Tues-Thurs 12pm-9pm
Friday 12pm-10pm
Sat 10am-10pm
Sun 10am-6pm

Holiday 2019-2020 schedule:
Thanksgiving Eve - Wed, 11/27: 12pm-5pm
Thanksgiving - Thurs, 11/28: CLOSED
Christmas Eve - Tues, 11/24: 12pm-5pm
Christmas Day - Wed, 12/25: CLOSED
New Year's Eve - Tues, 12/31: 12pm-5pm
New Year's Day - Wed, 1/1/2020: CLOSED

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

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