American manufacturing isn’t dead, and “Made in the U.S.A.” still means something to the people in the Maker Movement.

The Maker Movement refers to inventors, designers, and other self-reliant innovators whose imagination and independent work culture are moving American technology forward with their unique approach to their individual crafts.

The movement is changing the economic landscape by creating new business opportunities, spurring community revitalization, and improving schools.

You can learn more at the November 17 New England Maker Summit: Why Making Matters, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the University of Hartford. The conference is being held in the Gengras Student Union.

Speakers include Dale Dougherty, called the father of the Maker Movement, Mark Hatch, co-founder and former CEO of TechShop, Bonnie Koba, Director of the HOT (Higher Order Thinking), and others.

Attendees will learn how making manufacturing is creating new businesses and jobs, the educational benefits of Makerspaces, why the White House is promoting Making, and what resources are available.

Locally, MakerspaceCT is developing a large commercial space in the Greater Hartford area to provide its members with access to education classes and tools.

MakerspaceCT will be a community resource open to the public and offering training on the equipment and tools used in the Maker Movement.


Pete Gioia is an economist with CBIA. Follow him on Twitter @CTEconomist.