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.
If you need a scholarship in order to attend the summit, please fill out the following form and we hope to get back to you as soon as possible.
We're working on an exciting day full of events for you. The full schedule should be posted in mid-February.
9am-6pm, Desmond Hotels Albany
Multiple tracks featuring multiple panels will be offered throughout the day to cover a wide spectrum of topics within the maker movement. Schedule may change leading up to the event.
Andrew Coy, who served in President Obama's White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Senior Advisor for Making.
How to Run Your Own Maker Events
Manufacturing & the Maker Movement
Museums & Making
Early Maker Education - Panel & Workshop
Makers & Makerspaces: Where to Find Them
School Space Design Workshop
Maker to Market - Securing Funding, Prototyping, Pushing to Market
Libraries and Makerspaces
How to Make a School Maker Event
Makerspace Problems and Solutions - Open Discussion
Diversity in Making
Bringing Makers Online
University Making: Programs, Students, & Makerspaces
Journey to School Makerspaces: Funding, Space, Etc - Panel & Workshop
Building Communities with Makerspaces, Manufactures, and Marketplaces
Maker Cities: Elected Officials, Economic Development, and the Maker Movement
Journey to School Makerspaces: Project Ideas, Outcomes & Influences of Maker Movement
We're looking for Makers, Educators, Politicians, Manufacturers, Makerspace & Maker Faire Organizers, and anyone passionate about Making from all across the state to participate in our panels. We want you to apply!
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|
|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|
|Lauren Hubbard||Founding President of the Maritime Explorium|
|Giorgio LoBianco||Pioneer Middle School Makers Club Co-Founder & Advisor|
|David Held||Dir. of Technology at Poughkeepsie Day School|
|Adine Viscusi||Casa Visco|
|Jaimee Lindvay||AdaSpace President|
|Brenda McKenzie||Pioneer Middle School|
|David Brenner||Thimble.io CTO|
|Mike Buffalin||The Construct@RIT|
|Susan Considine||Fayetteville Free Library Fab Lab|
|Dirk Swart||Co-founder of Wicked Device LLC|
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:
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.