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The Maker Movement can make a big difference in Connecticut. Learn how at The New England Maker Summit: Why Making Matters.

October 10, 2016

Event is coming to the University of Hartford on Thursday, November 17

Thursday, November 17, 2-8 p.m. University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Conn.
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The “Maker Movement” refers to inventors, designers, and other self-reliant innovators who are moving American technology forward with their imagination and independent work culture. From creating new business opportunities to spurring community revitalization and improving our schools, the Maker Movement can change an economic landscape. The New England Maker Summit: Why Making Matters, coming up on Thursday, November 17 at the University of Hartford, will demonstrate how Connecticut is poised to take advantage of this movement by spotlighting success stories and providing guidelines for implementation.

The impressive speaker lineup includes:

  • Dale Dougherty, considered the “Father of the Maker Movement”
  • Mark Hatch, Co-founder and previous CEO of TechShop
  • Tia Capps, Communications Director, CO.LAB
  • Bonnie Koba, Director of the HOT (Higher Order Thinking) school program
  • Ken Butler and Ed Potokar, musicians and Makers who create their own instruments
  • Balam Soto, new media artist, entrepreneur, and Maker in Hartford
  • Devra Sisitsky and Bryan Patton, founders of MakerspaceCT and the New England Maker Summit

Attendees will learn:

  • How “making to manufacturing” is creating new businesses and jobs
  • The educational benefits of Makerspaces
  • Why the White House is promoting Making
  • What resources are available to get Making more active in Connecticut

MakerspaceCT is developing a large commercial space in the Greater Hartford Area providing members access to educational classes and tools. MakerspaceCT will be a community resource open to the public and offering training on the equipment and tools needed to make or manufacture prototypes, cosplay, hobbyist, and artistic projects. They place an emphasis on hardware, prototype creation, electronics, coding, fiber arts, fabrication- both wood and metal, traditional blacksmithing, glass blowing, ceramics, and the arts. For more information, visit:

The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center (EC) provides hands-on coaching and business training for new and expanding small businesses, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs, throughout Connecticut. Part of the nationally-renowned Barney School of Business, the EC helps small business owners and employees to gain the business skills needed to succeed in the marketplace through business advising, technical assistance, educational programs, and networking events. The Women's Business Center, which specializes in serving women in business, is the largest initiative of the EC. For more information, visit