How Making Matters on 11/17 in West Hartford

The New England Maker Summit returns for a second year of celebrating maker skills, cutting-edge innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit. Click here for the promo video for this event. New England Maker Summit sponsored by Solidworks presents “How Making Matters.”

For 2017, we will explore “How Making Matters” with a deep dive into the advanced technologies and educational techniques that shape how we create, work and learn in the 21st century. New England Maker Summit sponsored by Solidworks is an exposition of creativity, imagination and ingenuity that shines a spotlight on the Maker movement. Curious minds will come together to explore ideas, share knowledge and answer questions:

  • How can companies and the public get involved in the maker movement?
  • Where will the future talent pool of makers come from?
  • Who will create the next startup using 3D printing, CNC machining or computer-aided casting?
  • What can we do to increase Connecticut’s competitive edge in the global economy?

Join a gathering of learners and leaders, entrepreneurs and teachers, crafters and coders, engineers and artists. New England Maker Summit is a destination for inquisitive and enterprising people who love learning, are eager to share what they do and want to interact with like-minded enthusiasts.

Keyote Speakers:

Choose from two dynamic tracks:

  1. Education:
    • Learn the 1-2-3 of creating a maker program in your library, classroom, or educational venue.
    • Find available resources including curriculum, kits, learning platforms, trade literature, websites, and more.
    • Listen, learn, and interact with those who have paved the way.
    • Featured Education Track Speakers:
      • Cristol Kapp, school librarian from Chattanooga, TN
      • Gene Sherman, founder of Vocademy in Riverside, CA
      • Casey LaPlante, library media specialist at Granby High School.
  2. Business and Manufacturing:
    • Increase your competitive edge – engage large manufacturers with rapid iteration solutions:
      • 3D Printing
      • CNC Machining
      • Computer-aided casting
    • Use “making” to help solve the skills gap.
    • Support makers — the future talent pool.


University of Hartford, Gengras Student Union, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117

Also sponsored by: MakerspaceCT, Goodwin College, Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Mastercam, Connecticut Education Network, JCJ Architecture, The Children’s Museum and Interpro.

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