November 12, 2021

MakerspaceCT, Hartford, CT

In-Person with Virtual Option

9 A - registration
10 A - speakers with Q&A
4 P - cocktail hour

Industry 4.0
and the next generation of our workforce

We need to tackle major economic trends, impact on traditional education, and what our manufacturing workforce must uphold as we continue to move towards modern innovation.

Inclusivity and Engaging the next generation

The next generation of our workforce...what does it look like?

How will technological improvements affect human-machine interface?

Are we providing the proper training for new-collar technologies like:

AR [augmented reality]
VR [virtual reality]
AI [artificial intelligence]
IoT [internet of things]
Additive Manufacturing

How do we bring inclusivity & diversity to education, manufacturing and the workplace?

Featured Speakers


Ripi Singh

Chief Innovation & Strategy Coach, Inspiring Next

The global perspective of Industry 4.0 and 5.0, and how it affects our manufacturing culture


Chris Allen

Chief Executive Officer, iCleanse

Employee Retention for Industry 4.0

track speaker

Amy Thompson, PhD

Associate Director, University of Connecticut UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering; Assistant Director, US DOE Industrial Assessment Center @UConn; Director, SmartBuildings CT @UConn

Women in engineering and inclusivity in the innovative workforce

track speaker

Dennis Williams

AVP, Client Partner, Cognizant

Innovation and inclusivity


Dr. Jacquelynn (Jackie) Garofano

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

case study speaker

Barry Alexander

CEO & Founder, Aquiline Drones, LLC

Leading the evolution from automation to autonomy and incubating this technology, deployment strategies and business concepts


Candace Freedenberg

Chairwoman & Founder, Untapped Potential Inc.

Kelli-Marie Vallieres

Governor’s Workforce Council

Beatriz Gutierrez

President & CEO, CONNSTEP

Choose from 2 Tracks:

More speakers and information on tracks coming soon!

Admission Includes:

  • Access to full-day summit schedule, 9 am – 5 pm

  • Coffee and continental breakfast during registration hour 9 am – 10 am

  • Boxed lunch by The Rockin Chicken

  • Cocktail hour with drinks and light fare 4 pm – 5 pm

Registration & Pricing:

All Access


For Registration After 10/29

Early Bird
All Access In-Person


Hurry! Sales End 10/29



Digital-Only Access

Sponsored by:

Health & Safety:

COVID-19 Protocols

On August 10th, the City of Hartford instituted a mask mandate for all indoor activities. You can read that mandate here.

Face masks will be required during the New England Maker Summit 2021 regardless of vaccination status.

The health and safety of our attendees is our #1 priority. Since June 2020, MakerspaceCT has a SafeShop policy for all on-site activities, including cleaning and sanitation, social distancing and clear signage regarding facility practices. Guidelines are subject to change. An update will be provided to all attendees prior to November 12th.