Arkansas Maker Summit

January 30, 2020MakerSummit2019 logo image 72ppi
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
$49 registration fee (includes light breakfast and lunch)
Advanced registration and payment required. 
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Location: The Apollo on Emma at 308 W Emma Ave, Springdale AR. Breakout sessions will be held at multiple locations within walking distance of the Apollo. Transportation will be provided.

The Scott Family Amazeum is excited to host the third statewide Maker Summit, presented by the Windgate Foundation, on Thursday, January 30, 2020 in downtown Springdale, Arkansas.

Arkansas Maker Summit features a keynote from Dale Dougherty, CEO and Founder of Maker Media, publisher of Make Magazine. Dale is also a founding board member of Maker Education Initiative (

The Arkansas Maker Summit will explore the impact and value of the robust maker movement emerging around the Natural State. By convening national, regional, and local maker community leaders, the Arkansas Maker Summit will encourage increased opportunities for diverse populations, economic drivers, and future-ready learners to engage together in this budding maker ecosystem. Featuring innovative technologists, educators, and thought leaders with a maker-mindset from across multiple industries and sectors, topics at the Arkansas Maker Summit will explore the movement in a variety of contexts, including Makerspaces in K-12 schools, extracurricular environments, business and manufacturing, and entrepreneurial settings. The Summit will generate connections between sectors with the goal of weaving together the communities passionate about maker-based opportunities to build a foundation for a more coordinated and systemic effort in Arkansas.

The Maker Summit aims to empower people of all walks of life—from educators and entrepreneurs to creatives and executives and everyone in between—to further explore the impact of the maker mindset. All who are interested in the maker movement such as teachers, out of school time educators, public libraries, makers, creatives, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and workforce developers are invited to attend the Arkansas Maker Summit and help build this burgeoning community together. 

Arkansas Department of Education approved professional development credit is available to Arkansas teachers.

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Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here for sponsorship opportunities.  

Questions about AR Maker Summit? Please contact Elyse Partee at 


About Dale Dougherty

Dale DoughertyDALE 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 1.5M 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.  

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. 

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. 

Prior to Make:, Dougherty was a co-founder of O’Reilly Media where he was an editor of many early technical books. While at O’Reilly, he developed GNN, the first commercial website, which launched in 1993 and was sold to AOL in 1995.  He coined the term "Web 2.0." He lives in Sebastopol CA.

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