'How Making Matters' is theme of second N.E. Makers Summit

Published on Monday, 6 November 2017 21:56
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

WEST HARTFORD - The New England Maker Summit returns for the second year on Friday, Nov. 17, at the University of Hartford.

This year’s theme, “How Making Matters,” will explore how advanced technologies and educational techniques can shape how people create, work and learn in the 21st century.

The summit is an exposition that spotlights the Maker Movement, a grassroots effort to bring together local innovators to drive progress in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology and education by MakerspaceCT.

From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. guests can learn how educational venues such as libraries, along with businesses and manufacturers, can invest in “Making” to create an innovative and effective workforce with “Maker” skills in Connecticut.

Keynote speakers include Bryan Dods, executive director of the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at the United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford and Ryan D’Agostino, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics magazine.

A gubernational candidates forum will be moderated by WFSB’s Dennis House, a news anchor and moderator of “Face the State.”

Guests can choose to participate in one of two tracks: educational or business and manufacturing.

On the educational track people will learn to create a Maker Program in their library, classroom or other educational venue; find available resources including curriculum, kits, learning platforms, trade literature and websites; and listen, learn and interact with those who have paved the way.

Featured speakers include Cristol Kapp, a school librarian from Chattanooga, Tenn.; Gene Sherman, founder of Vocademy in Riverside, Calif.; and Casey LaPlante, library media specialist at Granby High School.

On the business and manufacturing track, one can learn how “Making” can help narrow the skills gap and about “Nature Makers” as the future talent pool in workforce development while simultaneously fostering creativity and learning in current employees in fun and accessible ways; as well as using such solutions as 3D printing, CNC machining and computer-aided casting to increase competitive edge when engaging large companies and manufacturers.

The all-day summit will take place in the Gengras Student Union on the University of Hartford campus at 200 Bloomfield Ave..

Regular admission is $45 plus a $3.47 fee. To buy tickets and learn more, visit makerspacect.com/nems2017.

Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or aderosa@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Manufacturing on Monday, 6 November 2017 21:56. Updated: Monday, 6 November 2017 21:58.