The IMPACT of MAKING & INNOVATION in Urban America

Friday, November 15, 2019
Hartford, Connecticut


The Maker Movement empowers people, businesses and communities across the U.S. and around the globe.

We have greater access to the hardware and technology needed to design and make anything imaginable.

Spirited and inclusive Maker communities are rising in urban areas everywhere, as the tools and tech available to passionate and creative people become more powerful, less expensive, and easier to use. How do these trends impact cities?

New England Maker Summit 2019 brings together experts in city planning, Maker Movement industry leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, manufacturers and curious minds to explore "The Impact of Innovation & Making on Urban America."

When: November 15, 2019 10am - 4pm

Where: MakerspaceCT, 960 Main Street, Hartford

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  1. Will growing Hartford’s innovation hub, tech start-up and manufacturing community pave a pathway to economic stability?
  2. Can our leadership break down the silos in CT by working together to build a collaborative infrastructure eradicating redundant services, educating students, supporting business owners, guiding entrepreneurs and growing commerce?
  3. Where will the future talent pool come from?
  4. Can we learn to share our resources to make a stronger Connecticut?

Keynote Speakers

Lee Wellington

Lee Wellington
Director - Urban Manufacturing Alliance

Lee has dedicated her career to industrial development for over a decade. She has directed New York City Council’s land use decisions and helped create Industrial Business Zones, broader industrial policy for the NYC Mayor’s Office, and expanded incentive boundaries to include new industrial neighborhoods.
Ilana Preuss

Ilana Preuss
Founder and CEO - Recast City

Ilana works with real estate developers, economic development corporations, and other local leaders to go from idea to plan to action to build great places with vibrant economies. She works to develop and integrate small-scale manufacturing businesses that draw people to the target neighborhood.

Participate in 2 Tracks

Track 1

Innovation, Manufacturing, Education & Makerspaces

Track 2

Redifining Our Cities

Dorothy Jones-Davis
Executive Director - Nation of Makers

Nation of Makers is a nonprofit whose mission is to support America’s maker organizations through advocacy, resource sharing, and the building of community within the maker movement and beyond. She is deeply interested in creating connections between a diversity of makers, enabling them to use their collective skills to harness solutions for the world’s challenges – grand and small. With a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Dorothy has previously held roles at the National Science Foundation, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Ron Williams
Chief Innovation Officer, Institute for Business & Education Solutions

Former Dean, College of Business, Coppin State University (CSU), Former Chair, Department of Management & Marketing, CSU College of Business, Founder of Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Management Program Dr. Williams has developed the unique concept of “ingepreneurship,” entrepreneurial solutions for urban and marginalized communities.


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MakerspaceCT is a program of McEIVR, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Donations are fully tax deductible can be made to:

McEIVR Inc., 960 Main Street, Hartford, CT, 06103 –
or call our Executive Director at: 860-619-6257 for more details

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

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

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