Welcome to the first New York Maker Summit!

The goal of the New York State Maker Summit is to bring makers, makerspaces, maker events, educators, politicians, manufacturers, industry leaders, museums, libraries, and anyone who is passionate about the Maker Movement together to learn about each other, talk about partnerships & the problems that we all run into, and discuss how to grow the movement within the state.

Shared Notes & Schedule


We're working on an exciting day full of events for you.


We have a wide range of Makers, Educators, Politicians, Manufacturers, Industry Leaders, Museums, Makerspace & Maker Event Organizers speaking at the summit!


Andrew Coy is a driven problem-solver with experience at the intersection of nonprofit, government, and technology. Most recently he served in President Obama's White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Senior Advisor for Making. In this capacity, he led initiatives including National Week of Making, Nation of Makers, the Kid Science Advisors Campaign, and supported numerous other efforts including the WH Science Fair, WH Water Summit, WH Frontiers Conference, and South by South Lawn. Through his service, he has directly interacted and actively learned from the interests, ideas, commitments, and collaborations of thousands of different individuals and organizations. His work has led to a variety collaborations, joint efforts, and collective actions by providing design thinking and strategic frameworks for new initiatives as he worked explicitly to advocate for the tech community to become more intentionally inclusive, deliberatively diverse, and strategically situated to grow the number and depth of opportunities for all.

Prior to serving President Obama in the White House, he was the Executive Director of the Digital Harbor Foundation, where he led efforts to save the closed-down South Baltimore Rec Center by reopening it as the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center, a youth-centered makerspace located in Baltimore, Maryland that provides after-school program, summer camps, field trips, family make nights, educator training workshops, and numerous other community-making opportunities. In 2017, he launched Initial Velocity (initialvelocity.co) to share best practices from his experiences working on the dozens of initiatives, ventures, projects, and startups he has undertaken or worked on throughout his career, to now help others launch their ideas with his added insight, skill set, understanding, and passion.

We're kicking off our first event with around 50 speakers split over a huge range of topics. More speakers will be posted leading up to the event. Here's a taste of some of the incredible people speaking at the summit:

Mario the Magician Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese
Xanthe Matychak Assistant Director at REV Hardware Accelerator
Chad Putman Deputy City Clerk for the City of Schenectady
Ilyssa Meyer Etsy Advocacy, Manager of Public Policy and Research.
Lisa Blank Director of STEM Programs for Watertown City School District
Silda Wall Spitzer Founder and CEO of New York Makers
Audra Herman Marketplace Director of New York Makers
Congressman Paul D. Tonko New York’s 20th Congressional District
Lauren Hubbard Founding President of the Maritime Explorium
Tracy Gray Tech & Education Entrepreneur
KathyCeceri Crafts for Learning
Jacob Vennie-Vollrath Adirondack North Country Association
Giorgio LoBianco Pioneer Middle School Makers Club Co-Founder & Advisor
David Held Dir. of Technology at Poughkeepsie Day School
Lori Stahl-Van Brackle NY Department of Education
Beth Bornick FuzeHub
William Brigham Small Business Development Center
Adine Viscusi Casa Visco
Jesse Harrington Au Autodesk
David Wells New York Hall of Science
Jaimee Lindvay AdaSpace President
Brenda McKenzie Pioneer Middle School Makers Club Co-Founder & Advisor
David Brenner Thimble.io CTO
Mike Buffalin The Construct @ RIT
Leah Kraus Fayetteville Free Library Fab Lab
Dirk Swart Co-founder of Wicked Device LLC
Victor Aprea Co-founder of Wicked Device LLC
Daryl Lee SUNY Polytechnic Institute / Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire
Jeff Betts Ecovative
Annette Wong Buffalo Lab
Michael Giannattasio SALT Makerspace
Jason Peppers Rochester Makerspace
Elliot Wells Ithaca Generator
Maria Muhlbauer Pioneer Middle School Makers Club Co-Founder & Advisor
Ben Parnas Student at RIT
Kim Oakes Ripley Elementary
Bonnie Sanborn Cornell University Center for Regional Economic Advancement
Christine Stockslader School Librarian at Lancaster Middle School
Leah Hamilton Phelps Library and STEAM Lab Makerspace
Cecilia Frittelli Beekman Street Art District
Paul Rubeo Wappingers Central Schools
Susan Rivers The Shirt Factory
Douglas Borzynski Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School
Lisa Moosbrugger Lima Primary School Principal
Jana Rogers Jefferson Lewis BOCES
Marcy Grenier Jefferson Lewis BOCES
Tim Jones Stissing Design
Amanda Ervin Union College
Susan Sherwood Center for Technology & Innovation
Calvin Uzelmeier Rochester Museum and Science Center
Andrea Buckvold abcdexperiments
Janella Watson New York Hall of Science
Deena Salzman POrtal Burn
Nick Tanzi Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
Micaela Hall Adirondack Museum
Kathryn Wieczorek The Corning Museum of Glass
Dr. Elavarasi Joseph BioPalette
Scott Van Campen Staten Island MakerSpace
Genny Pond SUNY Jefferson
Sheila McIntyre Ballston Spa Central School District
Hawthorne Valley Farm
Iliana Villegas PS96 School for the Arts
Rose Scordo Rosies Robots
Aaron E. Richardson SUNY Jefferson
Stephen Gilman MakerState
Darlynne Overbaugh Ithaca's Wizarding Weekend
Irina Tuule Eduporium


We're happy to be bringing the state's Maker Movement together just outside the heart of Downtown Albany at the beautiful Desmond Hotels Albany.

The Maker Movement in Capitol Region is bursting with energy. From makerspaces like the Tech Valley Center of Gravity and BioPalette - the Capital Region's Biology Maker Space Meetup, to maker staring events including The Enchanted City and the Troy Mini Maker Faire.


Need a hotel room? We have a block of rooms reserved for you at the venue, The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, for $131/night. To book the hotel, please use this link, or feel free to call (518) 640-6178 and book your reservation using the following code: 12M9ET.

Hosting Organization

We like to thank NYSCATE for hosting the New York State Maker Summit and all of their support.


We're currently looking for sponsors to help support the summit. If you're interested in supporting the event, please check out our sponsorship packet.


Have any questions about the New York Maker Summit?

Please email the organizers and we'll get in touch!

Additionally, we invite you to sign up to the New York State Maker Network email list to recieve news about the the maker movement within the state.

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We could use a handful of folks to help us out the day of the summit. If you're interested, please fill out our volunteer form.