Makerspaces for Economic Development
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.