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New England Maker Summit 2020

  • Friday, November 13, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Online Event


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Manufacturers, educators, and entrepreneurs all have a common goal:

Identifying the most efficient solutions to the dwindling manufacturing workforce and how to move production forward.

We MUST take action NOW. TODAY is the time to realign ourselves. COVID has sharpened our lens farther and we are pivoting our preparations for the next workforce pipeline. We measure, define, and ultimately hire talent in vastly new ways.

How do these emerging new needs impact education and the talent pipeline?

Education and industry are working together to create new information delivery systems. One evolving solution embraced by MakerspaceCT is digital credentialing, which enhances accessibility, portability, and standardization of education.

The New England Maker Summit 2020 brings together experts in talent acquisition, manufacturing, Maker Movement industry leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and curious minds to explore:

“The Critical Need for the New Collar Workforce”

The New Collar Workforce combines new technological skills and traditional trades, the key to tomorrow’s innovation workforce, providing digital credentials upon completion.

The realignment of the educational infrastructure allows for greater attainability and a more diversified talent pool. Through a new digital credentialing system, individuals will be able to up their game by enrolling in short, high impact classes earning stackable credentials.

Manufacturers such as IBM, Trumpf, and Google have already been using a digital credentialing system, recognizing a method of viable labor development in a more attainable time span. Currently, 10-15% of US-based jobs at IBM are filled by individuals without a traditional 4-year degree.

In the next ten years, production line jobs will rise in demand by 20-30%; manufacturers must continue to recognize a variety of methods in workforce development to meet demand.

New England Maker Summit 2020 will discuss what manufacturers are looking for, how this evocative delivery system and other educator solutions work, how this will impact the workforce pipeline, hiring process, and what we have learned and implemented in the wake of the global pandemic.

Get ready for the digital version of this year’s New England Maker Summit coming to you live:

November 13th, 2020
10am to 4pm

Our keynote speakers are Andy Mackin of Mackin Talent and Sarah Boisvert of Fab Lab Hub. We'll also be joined by Kate Ash from the National Governors Association, Marty Guay from Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. and Alex Johnson from Capital Workforce Partners.

Ari Santiago will moderate a panel discussion with Chris DiPentima of CBIA, Glenn Ford of Phoenix Manufacturing, Kelli-Marie Vallieres of the Governor's Workforce Council and more.

You'll also hear addresses from Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Senator Chris Murphy.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Our facility is mask-optional as of Friday, April 1, 2022. Please click here for more info.

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