Arkansas Maker Summit

MakerSummit2019 Email Flyer AmazeumWhat do educators, entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, and innovators have in common? They’re all Makers with a mindset focused on finding solutions, building community, and collaborating on big ideas fueled by creativity. 

Arkansas Maker Summit convenes makers (just like you) for a day of doing what you do best - sharing, ideating, solutionating, and making ideas reality. 

When | Thursday, January 30, 2020

Time | 8:15 am to 4:00 pm                      

Where | Downtown Springdale, AR           (map)

Why| Because Makers Gotta Make 

Cost | $49 pre-registration required 

Meet Dale Dougherty, Founder and CEO of Maker Media, Maker Faire, and publisher of Make Magazine. 


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8:15 - 8:45 Check-in, Caffeine, Networking         

8:45  - 9:15 Welcome

9:15 - 10:00 Keynote | Dale Dougherty

10:00 - 11:00 Maker Breaks & Small Talks @Apollo Theatre

Speaker Topic
Jeff Wasem Schools as Maker Incubators
Allyson Esposito Makers/Creatives as Economic Drivers
Holly Truitt  






11:00 - 11:15 Information on Afternoon Breakouts

11:15 - 12:15 Taste of Springdale 

12:30 - 1:30 Breakout Sessions

Title  Presenter(s)  Location

So You Want to Start a Makerspace?

In this session, you learn about one library media specialist's journey to implementing a makerspace at her school. We will work on creating a mission statement, setting goals, building an advocacy plan, and discussing materials needed. Not only will you learn about makerspace implementation, you will get to tinker, too!


Kali Shouse

Arts Center of the Ozarks (ACO)

Black Box Theatre

Make, Connect, Integrate

Come discover innovative ways to infuse making beyond science classrooms. Presenters will share practical ways to connect making to Literacy, Social Studies, Math, and Special Education. Be prepared to think outside the box about curriculum integration in this hands-on session! 


Tina Hoisington

Stacey Harris

Lina Paul

Kristy Harter

Apollo Theater

Beyond the Makerspace

The "Maker Movement" has grown and gained momentum over the last two decades. It has morphed, matured, and branched down multiple paths. As the movement matures, the question now is, what is the future of Making? Join an amazing panel of presenters, including Make Media Founder Dale Dougherty (Make Communities), Wes Craiglow (Urban Land Institute), Marty Linn (Tyson Foods), Cannon Reeves (MOREtech), and Dr. Megan Bolinder, (NWACC) to discuss the evolution of Making. How will it impact business policy, manufacturing, economic development, education, and culture in the next decade?

Joel Gordon

Arts Center of the Ozarks (ACO)





1:45 - 2:45 Breakout Sessions

Title  Presenter(s)  Location

Now What?

After starting a makerspace, how can you keep it going with funding, supplies, school buy-in , and fresh ideas? Shaw Elementary School will share how they keep their makerspace a vibrant, sustained learning environment.



Kim Gadberry

Julie Herrera

Arts Center of the Ozarks


Black Box Theatre

Creating Maker Clubs

Maker Clubs are a popular way to jump start making at your school or organization. Whether you already have a thriving makerspace or are just beginning one, forming a Maker Club is ideal for diving deeper into projects and building a culture of making. Panelists will share strategies for how to have a successful Maker Club before or after school while you experience their favorite maker activity.  


Rachel Gibson

Brittany Berry

Maureen Frew

Apollo Theater

Creating Your Maker Business

So you're a maker/artist interested in creating a business. Where do you start? Is Etsy a good approach, or should you take a different path? How do you craft your online presence? Got a business plan? How do you value your work? You've got questions, this panel of talented brand crafters has answers.  Panelists include Dustin Williams (Allied Cycle), Eric Howerton (Whyte Spider), Sarah Goforth (U of A Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation), and Corey Boelkens (Imaginnovate). 

Jeanette Belleza Collins

Arts Center of the Ozarks 


Women Supporting Women in the Creative Workforce

Data informs, but narratives resonate. Stories matter. They are the language of communities and generations, transmitting not just information but values, points of commonality, and share hopes for the future. This salon discussion with Erin Woods, Author of Women Make Arkansas and Meredith Lowery, patent attorney, features narratives from a creative community about aspirations and struggles of women in creative fields and entrepreneurship. 

Holly Truitt

The Station



3:00 - 4:00 Maker Playground & Wrap up @Art Center of the Ozarks

Play and connect with makers and tools. Discover their passion and story behind how they turned a passion into a product or service.   

4:00 - 5:00 Happy Hour & networking (optional) @Art Center of the Ozarks

Ready to register? 



Dale Dougherty, Founder and CEO of Maker Media

DaleDougherty mugDALE DOUGHERTY believes that all of us are makers and he is a champion of the people and projects that form the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine in 2005, and first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play.  He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and which has spread to nearly 200 events in 40 countries, with over 1.5 million attendees annually. He has advocated for the role of makerspaces in schools, libraries and communities, as well as the importance of providing access to making for everyone, which empowers us to shape the future.  He is President of Make Community, LLC, which now produces Make Magazine and licenses Maker Faires.  

Mr. Dougherty is the author of Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds with Adriane Conrad.  He is co-author of Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff. 


Allyson Esposito, Northwest Arkansas Council

AllysonEsposito mugALLYSON ESPOSITO recently joined the Northwest Arkansas Council to head up the organization's arts and cultural initiatives. Ms. Esposito previously served as Senior Director, Arts and Culture Program for The Boston Foundation where she implemented a new vision for the Foundation's arts and culture programs by improving diversity, equity, and access for creatives. She developed new funding partnerships to support arts and culture with local and regional governments and philanthropic organizations. She leads the Council's efforts to enhance the region as an arts and culture destination. 


Jeff Wasem, Principal Creekside Middle School, Bentonville

Jeff Wassem mugJEFF WASEM is the Lead Learner at Creekside Middle School within the Bentonville School District. Students are engaged in learning opportunities promoting Service, Passion, Innovation, Collaboration, and Empowerment. The school's focus is to teach each student skills in the areas of reflection, questioning, growth, and critical analysis of content.  

Previous to Creekside Middle School, Mr. Wasem led Old High Middle School. On October 4th, 2015, Old High Middle School hosted the first Scott Family Amazeum Tinkerfest. Under his leadership, OHMS was awarded the distinction of National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform Diamond School to Watch. Jeff has been awarded Master Principal Designation by the Arkansas Leadership Academy.

Follow him on Twitter: @wasemjeff @Creekside17_18


Holly Truitt mugHolly Truitt, Social Innovation Expert

Holly Truitt is a social innovation expert who helps organizations catalyze community-based change and impact. With more than 20 years of experience guiding public and private organizations through uncharted transformations, Ms. Truitt is a nationally respected facilitator, researcher, and leader. Ms. Truitt's work has secured more than $13 million in funding and drawn support from large foundations, thriving municipalities, flagship universities, and world-class libraries and museums. A sought-after speaker, she has presented at MIT, TedX, the National Science Foundation, LBCon, and others. She has taught at Stanford d. school and the University of Montana. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband and son. 


Erin Woods, Author and Publisher

Erin writes, edits, and publishes from her home in Little Rock, Arkansas, and is a native Arkansan.

Erin owns and runs Et Alia Press, provides editing and coaching for creative writers, and is a freelance professional writer, focusing primarily on fundraising and food writing. She earned an A.B. in English from Duke University, a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, and an M.A. in professional and technical writing from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Her most recent book, Women Make Arkansas: Conversations with 50 Creatives, was featured at the 2019 Arkansas Literary Festival.


Meredith Lowery, Patent Attorney, Wright, Lindsey and Jennings

Meredith Lowry’s practice principally involves various aspects of intellectual property related to the retail industry, including intellectual property acquisition, manufacturing, marketing and distribution.  Since 2005, she has assisted a variety of companies in their efforts to obtain patent, trademark and copyright protection and has also worked with such clients to protect those assets through online and in-store infringement.  Meredith assists clients in all stages of product development, through production agreements, licensing agreements, and distribution agreements.  Meredith is a registered patent attorney.


Dustin O. Williams, UX Designer and Marketer

Dustin is a multidisciplinary designer + marketer focused on design for growth. He’s driven by a deep level of empathy for the businesses that he collaborates with and their customers, he has a passion for the quality of his craft, the drive for knowledge, improving his skills and persistent curiosity. Dustin specializes in user experience, user interface design, analytics, ecommerce, customer acquisition, growth & data-focused design. He also has a passion for the outdoors, mountain biking, gravel cycling, road cycling and collaborating with businesses in those spaces.


Cannon Reeves, CEO, Co-Founder of More Technologies

Canon is a maker, roboticist, and entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Co-founder of MORE Technologies, a company that makes a 3D printable robotics platform the teaches kids to go beyond the assembly manual and create their own tech. 


Corey Boelkins, VP Operations at Imaginnovate

Corey Boelkens is the Vice President of Operations at Imaginnovate, a design and development company deploying prototypes, MVPs (minimum viable products), and full-scale solutions for startups and enterprises. Corey leads and facilitates Imaginnovates "Product Studio" primarily focused on the consultation, design, development, and deployment of design sprint prototypes and MVP solutions for startups and small scale enterprise projects. 


Dr. Megan Bolinder, Northwest Arkansas Community College

Dr. Megan Bolinder is the Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). Bolinder was the previous Dean of the Communication and Arts Division at NWACC. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in English Studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago with an emphasis in Language, Literacy and Rhetoric. Bolinder’s interest in the connection between the classroom, good design, workforce technologies, and economic opportunity was catalyzed when she helped develop the Chicago Civic Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Illinois.


Sarah Goforth, Executive Director, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Adjunct Professor, Sam M. Walton College of Business

An experienced startup educator and science communications specialist, Sarah Goforth trains student-entrepreneurs and oversees a team responsible for entrepreneurship programs for students, faculty, and alumni of the University of Arkansas, including the McMillon Innovation Studio and Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub. She is an instructor for the university’s graduate-level New Venture Development course sequence and NSF i-Corps site, as well as for the statewide Delta I-Fund innovation program. She also serves a liaison between the university and partner organizations across the state, leading a monthly gathering of Entrepreneurship Support Organizations across Arkansas. 


Wes Craiglow. NWA Coordinator, Urban Land Institute

Wes Craiglow is responsible for using the mission of ULI with NWA real estate trends and land-use professionals through the use of technical assistance events, and leader development. Prior to relocating to NWA in 2019, he served for 10 years as the Deputy Director of Planning and Development in Conway, AR. 


Jeanette Belleze Collins, Entrepreneurial Development Director, Northwest Arkansas Council

Jeanette Belleze Collins collaborates with entrepreneurs, companies, investors, educators, support organizations and other innovation ecosystem stakeholders to advance region-wide entrepreneurial vibrancy. That will include programs that bolster connectivity, capital access, talent growth, university-industry engagement, resource navigation and story sharing. During her career, Collins led collaborations among federal and state funders, private investors, nonprofits, small businesses and community stakeholders. At the council, she will continue to be instrumental in building Northwest Arkansas’ reputation as a burgeoning entrepreneurial hub.


Eric Howerton, Chief Growth Officer, SKU Ninja + Whyte Spider


Joel Gordon, Making and Tinkering Manager, Scott Family Amazeum

Joel has been an artist, designer and fabricator for film and television. He was a Scenic Lead and engineer at Chicago Scenic Studios creating special effects and properties for theatre, television and film. As an entrepreneur and business owner, Joel has consulted and assisted in diverse product development and testing. He has designed and created exhibits for world-class museums of art and science and was the Director of Visitor Experience for The Museum of Discovery. After an invitation to attend a Maker focused reception at the White House, Joel was chosen to participate in the Science and Technology Cabinet's efforts to create the “Nation of Makers”. The Nation of Makers (or NOM) is a 501c3 created to support the Maker Movement in the U.S. He is the official Ambassador to NOM for the State of Arkansas.


Kali Shouse

Kali Shouse has worked in education for 5 years. She is currently an Elementary Library Media Specialist, where, for the past 3 years, she has been implementing a Makerspace. She believes students should be allowed and encouraged to explore, express their thinking, make mistakes, be creative, and have fun. She is passionate about building relationships with students in order to help them succeed. 

Tina Hoisington 

Tina Hoisington is a 5th and 6th grade literacy interventionist at Old High Middle School.  This is her thirty-first year of teaching in the Bentonville School District.  She has always been a maker at home and school, but she has become more formally interested in Maker Education as a result of her work in arts integration and as an Odyssey of the Mind coach.  Her school was one of the first to partner with the Amazeum and is blessed to have a dedicated MakerSpace. 

Stacey Harris

Stacey Harris is a middle school Social Studies teacher at Old High Middle School in Bentonville, Arkansas. Over her 17-year teaching career she has taught multiple subjects. Three years ago she was inspired by a colleague to try incorporating Maker activities in her classroom and the response from students had her hooked. She has continued partnering with the Amazeum to grow in Maker Education skills through Educator Night Out and Maker Boot Camp. One of her educational goals is to empower more teachers with skills to incorporate Making in their own classrooms. 

Lina Paul

Lina Paul studied Elementary Education at the University of Arkansas. Lina is now in her 20th year of teaching at The New School. Lina has worked in administration, enrichment, preschool, elementary, and middle school. Recently Lina was the STEAM Integration Specialist, which included duties of integrating project-based learning tied to core curriculum for all students in Prekindergarten through 6th grade and overseeing approximately 2,000 sq. feet of space used solely as a makerspace. 

Kristy Harter

Kristy Harter is a Structured Learning Services Teacher at McNair Middle School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has been teaching for 6 years and has worked with her Library Media Specialist at McNair Middle School to collaborate weekly to help students within the special education setting to engage in hands-on activities related to STEAM. 

Kim Gadberry

Kim Gadberry has been an educator for 30 years.  She spent her first seven years in the classroom before moving to the library. She has also worked as a literacy coach.  She has been the library media specialist at Shaw Elementary since the school opened in 2007. 

Julie Herrera

Julie Herrera began working as an instructional aide in 1998.  She quickly moved into managing the school’s computer lab working with both students and teachers. Julie now juggles Shaw Elementary's technology needs and plan/facilitates the Wonder Lab.

Rachel Gibson

Rachel Gibson is the Gifted Programs Director and facilitator for Decatur Schools. Throughout her 16 year career in gifted education, she has utilized making and tinkering to infuse planning, problem solving, and risk taking into the classroom. Since coming to Decatur, she has worked to build a Maker program in the district. She is the lead for the middle school maker movement and lead teacher for the district’s 21C after school STEM program.

Brittany Berry

Brittany Berry is in her 7th year as the EAST Facilitator at Helen Tyson Middle School in Springdale. Prior to starting the program at Helen Tyson, she worked as a World Geography teacher at Round Rock High School in Austin, Texas. Along with her students, EAST oversaw the creation of a school makerspace in their library in 2018. Beyond working with students to initiate projects that serve their community, she also serves as co-site coordinator of the 21CCLC after-school program at her school.

Maureen Frew

Maureen Frew is a Digital Media/Maker Education Specialist at the Avonworth Primary Center in Pittsburgh, PA.  Maureen had the opportunity to work as a Maker Education Specialist at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum for two years. In addition to teaching, she manages the school makerspace that is open to all students at her school. She is also the sponsor of a Maker club called JAM #bethekindkid.

Katie Koffler

Katie Koffler comes from a long line of artists, makers, and creators. She’s been making her own birthday cakes since she was 7. Katie is now the Associate Director of Art and Making at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. With a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies, Katie has a passion for looking at materials in new ways and believes in the importance of informal learning. She has expertise working with all ages, having taught classes and workshops for youth and adults in many environments, including through AmeriCorps, Society for Contemporary Craft, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. At the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab, Katie has worked alongside Teaching Artists and is a leader in facilitating reflective practice among staff, especially in art and making contexts. She has a knack for setting up makerspaces, whether that means curating artifacts left behind or simply giving exhibit spaces heart.















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