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.

Cyberseed 2017

Cybersecurity Competitions & Conference at the University of Connecticut October 19-20, 2017

Hosted by the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation at the University of Connecticut (CSI), CyberSEED brings together top information security professionals and business leaders to discuss emerging cybersecurity trends and formulate best strategies for tackling current and future threats. In the same academic setting, dozens of universities and colleges compete in unique cybersecurity challenges for awesome prizes. Registration is Open The first 100 general registrants will receive a complimentary designer vest! Register here

Keynote Speaker: Rabia Chaudry – Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Attorney, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, & Host of the Undisclosed Podcast.

Click here for additional speakers. 

Competition 1: Social Engineering – In this competition, teams will employ some of the most common tools and techniques of social engineering in order to gain access to the computing systems of a fictitious company. This challenge is a “capture the flag” style competition where flags are distributed on virtual computers and servers. Through methodical and directed investigation, players will explore various avenues of investigation in the attempt to complete the final goal.

Student Requirements: Teams should be familiar with common tools and techniques of social engineers and bring with them one to three laptops capable of connecting to a Gb Ethernet switch, including any necessary dongles or Ethernet cables. Laptops should come configured with any preferred tools prior to the competition.

Competition 2: Capture the Flag Competition – The Capture the Flag Competition will touch on a variety of Cybersecurity challenges including a set of flags focusing on protection and exploitation of IOT devices. This year’s competition will include network analytics and forensics, cryptography and steganography, radio transmission security and exploitation, IOT security and software analytics to identify and exploit programming defects. The competition will require breadth of skills including some basic scripted programming capabilities as well as a facility with network monitoring and forensics tools.

Student Requirements: Students should be prepared with laptops and headphones. The ability to execute code in a Linux environment (physical or virtual) will be helpful but not required.

Competition 3: Application Security – The purpose of this competition is to test a team’s ability to securely build, and hack into an application. Teams will be asked to code a secure application adhering to specified functional and technical specifications. The teams will code the application ahead of the actual competition date. Once the applications are coded, each team will review all participating teams’ source codes and select one of the other team’s application to hack into. This code review and selection will occur before the actual competition. The actual hacking will then occur during the two-day CyberSEED conference.

Scoring will be based on defensive security design of your team’s application, and offensive ability to hack the other team’s application.

Travel Award: Each team that is accepted into the competition will be granted a travel award to help cover travel expenses. The award is a fixed amount dependent on the location of the team. For teams within driving distance (PA, MD, DE, NJ, NY and New England), an award of $750 per team, and for teams outside the northeast, an award of $1,500. Teams will make their own travel arrangements and the travel award will be dispersed after the close of the competition.

CyberSEED 2017 FAQs:

  • Competitors must register as a team.
  • Team Size – Minimum: 2 Maximum: 4
  • Teams may not participate in more than one competition.
  • Individual team members may not participate in more than one competition.
  • Completion of the University of Connecticut Participant Vendor Application via PaymentWorks is required to participate in the competitions.
  • PaymentWorks requires direct deposit, if check payment is preferred, completion of the University of Connecticut Student Packet is required to participate in the competitions.
  • A Participant Vendor Application/Packet must be submitted for each individual team member.
  • For schools/clubs that will receive both the travel award and competition award, please submit a completed Participant Vendor Application/Packet for the school/club. The faculty advisor must notify Jeannette Burke at that the team members will not be receiving any awards to exempt them from the Participant Vendor Application requirement.
  • For schools/clubs that receive the Travel Award only, a completed Participant Vendor Application/Packet is required for each team member to participate in the competitions. An additional Participant Vendor Application/Packet must also be submitted for the school/club receiving the travel award.
  • Unsigned packets are not complete and cannot be processed. Please ensure you sign in all applicable areas. Direct deposit is not required – you may leave the form blank if you prefer check payment.
  • Travel Awards & Competition Awards are payable to the school/club or each individual team member. Requests for other payment options must be made in writing by the faculty advisor to Jeannette Burke at
  • Requests from the team members will not be accepted.
  • If you are a prior CyberSEED participant and have completed the Participant Vendor Application/Packet previously, please email Jeannette Burke at to confirm your current address.
  • PaymentWorks Process: you will receive an email invitation from PaymentWorks, subject title, University of Connecticut – New Student Registration, to register as a University of Connecticut student.
  • A completed and signed Participant Vendor Application/Packet is required to receive payment of the Travel Awards and Competition Awards. Questions can be directed to Jeannette Burke at Student Packets can be faxed to (860) 486-2447.
  • Completion of the CyberSEED Liability Waiver is required to participate in the competitions. The Liability Waiver can be found here. Send completed forms to Jeannette Burke at

Impact Accelerator

The Impact Accelerator is a 4-month program designed to provide entrepreneurs with access to the knowledge, networks, and resources they need to grow their businesses and their impact. Our program focuses on connecting you to early stage customers and industry-specific experts and mentors, and on providing you with coaching along important start-up milestones. 

The reSET Accelerator Program is designed to train and equip entrepreneurs in growing and scaling their startups following the principles of Disciplined Entrepreneurship. Participants attend 4 summits, built to cover lean startup methodology, business model theory, product-market fit and innovative thinking through a combined curriculum of seminars, panel discussion, and hands-on workshops.

In addition, reSET offers multiple workshops covering areas such as branding, product marketing, pitching, investment legal 101’s, and hiring beset practices. The program also features numerous opportunities to work with the mentors and advisors from reSET’s extensive professional network.

What we offer

  1. Seminars – Through our accelerator, you’ll have the opportunity to attend top entrepreneurial seminars led by field experts.  The seminars align with the disciplined entrepreneurship approach and focus on understanding customers, competitive positioning, and preparation steps for building and scaling your startup.
  2. Mentorship: Mentors are a key component to the success of an entrepreneur, and their startup.  Our extensive mentor network comprises professionals from many industries who are seeking opportunities to help guide and support startups.  The large network size and high participation rate gives participants many opportunities for guidance.
  3. Community: Startup success is a lot of hard work and requires many tools and resources.  A vibrant and supportive community is a critical component.  Participants get direct access to the large reSET community where they can find support, guidance, suggestions, and customer leads.

Why Hartford

  1. Access to Resources – Hartford and the surrounding areas offer many resources to support entrepreneurs.  Unlike Boston and New York City, Hartford doesn’t suffer from a well saturated market of startups.  This reduces some of the barriers to entry often faced by startups.
  2. Affordable – Despite being the capital city, landlocked Hartford features a bigger bang-for-your-buck than most average cities.  With easy access to affordable housing and a lower cost of living, entrepreneurs find Hartford an ideal city to launch and grow their startups.
  3. Proximity: Situated about half way between the two hubs and full of affordable transportation options, Hartford is an excellent place to base and grow your startup while remaining close to other major entrepreneurial hubs like Boston and New York City.

Applications for the 2018 Accelerator, scheduled to run from January to May 2018, are open Nnow through December 8th, 2017.

Click here to apply – We will be holding information sessions in October and November for potential applicants. Fill out the Request More Information form to be notified about these sessions, or check out our events page here.

Fueling the Growth Pitch Competition

The Refinery is teaming up with angel and venture capital investors to launch its second annual multi-city Fueling the Growth pitch competition to uncover the top technology-driven, women-led companies that are ready to scale. Participating cities include Boston, MA, Hamden/New Haven, CT, and Newark, NJ. Each location will be sponsoring a local awards and networking event – all participants are invited to attend this event and others going on at the same time including: Boston, WEBOS, Hamden/New Haven, Connecticut Innovation Week, and Newark, Tech Week Newark.

Competitors will have a chance to win prizes and gain valuable investor feedback. And, it all starts with an opportunity to pitch your business to an investor on October 18th as well as get mentoring, gain visibility and make connections. You will get immediate feedback from the investor and be eligible to move to the next level of the pitch competition.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Submit an application for your company by October 6.
  2. If selected, you will meet one on one with a top investor for 15 minutes on October 18 in one of the participating cities* to pitch your company and receive feedback.
    Selected companies must be pitch ready, with a 7 minute pitch, slides are not required.
  3. Investors will select top local winners for awards to be presented at local networking event on end of day, October 18.

To be eligible, companies will:

  • Have at least 1 female founder. (female founder must pitch)
  • Utilize technology in their business (including technology-enabled healthcare and financial services companies).
  • Demonstrate proven scalability with market fit.
  • Be present in one of the participating cities of Boston, MA, Hamden, CT and Newark, NJ on October 18th.

Apply HERE.

Additional details:

Companies who submitted applications by October 6 and are eligible to participate will be notified by October 13 and given a time slot and co-working location. Selected entrepreneurs must show up 15 minutes early for their designated time slot, pitch ready i.e. if using a deck, on their computer, open and ready to show. Participants will have 7 minutes to pitch their business and receive 7 minutes of feedback from the investor. All participants are invited to attend the local awards event on evening of October 18th.

CURE Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was established by CURE and Shipman and Goodwin in 2013 to acknowledge the importance of showcasing unique accomplishments of entrepreneurs in our community. We seek to recognize individuals who are imaginative, passionate and game-changers in Connecticut bioscience and whose accomplishments would be heralded outside of Connecticut.

Selection Criteria:

He or she is an outstanding innovator who has:

  1. demonstrated leadership in advancing the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs applied to real-world problems;
  2. built and funded a successful/disruptive business model for a company based in information technology, life, medical devices or healthcare sciences;
  3. made exceptional contributions to the growth of Connecticut’s bioscience cluster;
  4. demonstrated collegiality, openness to mentoring and sharing of experiences and;
  5. whose contribution is visible outside of Connecticut

Nomination Process

CURE accepts nominations for the Award starting in September through November 15th of each calendar year.  If you know of an innovator who meets the stated criteria (see above) kindly submit her/his name, professional affiliation and some biographical information (website, LinkedIn profile) along with your contact information and a brief statement about why your nominee should be considered for the award to: cure@cureconnect.orgOr you can download and fill out our PDF Form; or fill out our online form here.

Nominees will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will convene in late fall to discuss the submissions and make a final selection.  We consider academic as well as industrial entrepreneurs, and, two awards may be given, one for each.

The Entrepreneur of the Year will be recognized at CURE’s annual Holiday Party.

JAX College Scholarship Program

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) College Scholarship Program supporting future Scientists in Biomedicine and Research. This new program is open to graduating high school seniors who reside in Connecticut, Maine, or in Sacramento County, California.
Many promising students are unable to pursue higher education on account of the financial burden a college education presents. The Jackson Laboratory, through the JAX College Scholarship Program, will award a $10,000 scholarship to three students from underserved backgrounds who will pursue a college degree and aspire to a career in biomedicine. This new program is open to graduating high school seniors who reside in Connecticut, Maine, or in Sacramento County, California. One student from each location will be awarded this scholarship.

The mission of The Jackson Laboratory is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease, and the scholarships will be awarded to students who share this goal by pursuing a career in research or medicine.

Applicant Information: 

  • Must be nominated by a teacher from the respective school
    Demonstrate either significant financial need or status as a first-generation college student, including individuals whose parents have not completed a Bachelor’s degree
  • Applicants must be on track to complete their high school diploma with a cumulative GPA greater or equivalent to 3.5 on a standard 4.0 scale
  • Online teacher nominations to be submitted between October 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018
  • Scholarships will be awarded in late April 2018, as part of JAX’s National DNA Day activities

In addition to the financial award, JAX will facilitate internship programs for scholarship recipients throughout their college career and sponsor annual campus visits to Bar Harbor, Maine and Farmington, CT. Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain strong academic performance and provide periodic updates on their college experience through blog posts and presentations.


The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity

The Milton Fisher Scholarship is open to exceptionally innovative and creative High School Juniors, Seniors and College Freshmen who are: from Connecticut or the New York City metro area (and plan to attend or are attending college anywhere in the U.S.) or from any part of the U.S. who plan to attend (or are attending) college in CT or NYC. Apply for this scholarship if you are a student who has solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in a new or unusual way and a student who has come up with a distinctive solution to problems faced by your school, community or family. A four-year scholarship! We offer up to $20,000 (up to $5,000 per year for four years). Click here to see past winners including the following past three Winners from CT: 

Alexander Bohr (Coventry High School, Coventry, CT). Caring deeply about the need to raise awareness about environmental sustainability and the need for more healthy food in his high school cafeteria and local food pantries, Alexander addressed both issues simultaneously by building a solar-powered aquaponic geodesic dome at his school that will help educate and feed his community. He will study Environmental Science at the University of Connecticut.

Neal Soni (Staples High School, Westport, CT). After seeing his grandfather suffer from excruciating low back pain, Neal devoted himself to developing an ingenious process to reduce the scarring that often occurs during back surgery. Combining the use of hydrogels with modeling prototype spinal columns through 3-D printing, Neal’s innovative intervention could have revolutionary and global impact. He will be a high school senior in 2017-2018.

William Yin (Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT). Troubled that there was no user-friendly, low-cost diagnostic test for the early detection of atherosclerosis—the leading precursor to heart attacks and strokes and the leading cause of death worldwide—William filled this gap with a creative, life-saving device of his own design. He developed an inexpensive, self-administered, tattoo-based biosensor patch resembling a Band-Aid that can reliably detect arterial plaque build-up. He will study Bioengineering and Computer Science at Stanford University.