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

EVENT RECAP

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

Videos

KEYNOTE

Lee Wellington
Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance

KEYNOTE

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
MakerspaceCT

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.

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

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Friday 12pm-10pm
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Mon CLOSED

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Please note: Holiday 2020 schedule:

Sat, Jul 4, 2020: CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
Sun, Apr 12, 2020: CLOSED EASTER SUNDAY
Wed, Nov 25, 2020: Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Thu, Nov 26, 2020: CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Thu, Dec 24, 2020: Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Fri, Dec 25, 2020: CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Thu, Dec 31, 2020: Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Fri, Jan 1, 2021: CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR'S DAY

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