JST #42 Makerspaces for Economic Development

Makerspaces for Economic Development

Stephen Carter
Director, Rutgers Center for Innovation Education
Co-Director, New Jersey Makerspace Association

Makerspaces are no longer tiny garages or some corner of
an old warehouse. This talk will overview the many
connections of makerspaces for the young and old, linkages
to STEM education, and how community makerspaces can be a
vital resource for economic development, jobs training and


About Skip Carter:
Stephen "Skip" Carter helped establish many major initiatives at Rutgers, including two professional and continuing education units: The Rutgers Advanced Technology Extension (RATE) in 2007, one of New Jersey's premier educational centers for engineering, information technology, and green science. Recently, Mr. Carter left RATE to start a new University-wide lifelong learning unit concentrating on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

The Rutgers Center for Innovation Education (RIE), in addition to IT and "green" programs, supports the makerspace related programs for Rutgers. Prior to continuing education, Mr. Carter served as Director of Technical Operations for the Center for Advanced Information Processing, a nationally renowned research center based at Rutgers. 

In the nearly 25 years in this position, he participated in many distinguished "firsts" for Rutgers technological advancements including installing the University’s first computer network, first internet connection and gateway (a homemade router utilizing directions from a small two person company now known as cisco). Later he led Rutgers into world class computing power in establishing one of the world’s largest multi-processing systems and a few years later, Rutgers first supercomputer. 

Mr. Carter is also a successful entrepreneur, having owned several retail businesses, as well as a custom real estate development company building condominiums at the southern New Jersey shore. He lives in Mongomery Township with his wife and two children.

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  • Esther S.

    FYI, here is a story I posted on the event. http://www.njtechweekly.com/art...­

    April 15

  • David A. R.

    Skip, You did a great job of outlining the market today and the various types of spaces that can be created. Enjoyed the talk and your examples. Are the Slides available?

    March 24

  • Pat S.

    Great presentation by Skip Carter. Also glad to learn of so many interesting entrepreneurs. Good resource for our video production company.

    March 20

  • Sara

    Thanks for a great talk+discussion and ideas! Will like to help when you opening one close by by adding some Math. activity.

    March 20

  • Mason C.

    Hey guys just wanted to remind you that as part of Jersey Shore Tech you get $29 off the Startup Weekend ticket price using the discount code NJSTARTUPS.

    March 19

  • Mason C.

    Hey guys just wanted to remind you that as part of Jersey Shore Tech you get $29 off the Startup Weekend ticket price using the discount code NJSTARTUPS.

    March 19

  • Mason C.

    Awesome meetup. It's great to hear how the makerspace initiative is really starting to take shape in New Jersey, especially since they can be open to all types of folks

    March 19

  • Tanya M.

    Great discussion on how we can collaborate to foster information sharing, creativity, innovation, and inspiration for increased productivity in our communities!

    March 19

  • Gil V.

    Although I couldn't stay for the entire event, what a refreshing look at how Makerspaces really can change the next phase of manufacturing and new product concepts.

    March 19

  • Regine F.

    Appreciate the focus of community intelligence collaboration to raise the bar affecting local services such as AP library - in that AP residents are not at liberty to utilize County library services because of the AP Library yet our local book haunt runs short of possible service magnitude. Makes us reflect.

    March 19

  • Adrienne S.

    Very interesting topic and Q&A session. I really enjoyed the meeting. Thanks for organizers for arranging this event.

    March 19

  • Dennis H.

    Great topic seemed to really reach the group.

    March 19

  • Dan W

    Great topic

    March 18

  • Loreto E. T.

    That's a very good presentation. Inspiring grassroots movement with support from RU.


    1 · March 18

  • Terri B

    So sorry, unable to make it tonite

    March 18

  • Gil V.

    If anyone wants my spot please feel free to take it after I leave. Thank you.

    March 18

  • Gil V.

    I will not be able to stay for the entire event this evening. But I am going to introduce myself to the group earlier on. I am in need of working together with a back end programmer on a big project that has a bid due next week. I will leave my cards at the desk, please anyone feel free to reach out. Thank you.

    March 18

  • John R.

    Hope to see everyone next time. Cheers.

    March 18

  • James B.

    Something has come up at work and I don't think I am going to out of the city in time for the meet. Hopefully someone can use my seat

    March 18

  • Russell F.

    I'm feeling under the weather today. I figured I would relinquish my spot and see if someone else wants to go.

    March 18

  • Gil V.

    Hi JST, I am in the process of bidding on a large project that involves programming beyond my capability. If anyone is interested in working together on this, please reach me at[masked] Thanks Gil

    March 12

    • Ayan A.

      Hi Gil - can you contact me privately - what type of work is it?

      March 13

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