UMA Somerville Gathering: Making, Scaling & Inclusion
Somerville, MA, USA
About the Somerville Gathering
The Gathering's theme is "Making, Scaling and Inclusion," and we invite attendees to discuss the growth opportunities and challenges faced by makers and manufacturers looking to scale in cities.
We will examine a range of issues—from contracting and support services to workforce and real estate needs—and how those issues cut across different industry clusters. Through facilitated discussions and other interactive activities, our aim is to better understand the types of support available from both the public and private sector to make scaling of manufacturers not only possible, but more inclusive.
As businesses scale-up in cities, UMA recognizes that there is an urgent need to leverage that growth to advance equity. Inclusive manufacturing can take a variety of forms—from examining how maker spaces and academic institutions can work within their local communities to build talent pipelines to accelerator programs that support the growth of minority and women entrepreneurs to creating more connectedness with local job-seekers. An honest dialogue between businesses, policymakers and practitioners can help pave the way for greater connectivity between makers, manufacturers and the cities of which they are an essential part.
Wednesday, May 17th - Welcome Reception Hosted by Autodesk Education Experiences at BUILD Space - Boston
5:30pm - Doors Open
6:30pm - Panel Presentation "Academic Institutions: Harnessing the Power of Production for Community Development" Begins
Confirmed panelists include:
Professor Amon Millner, Olin College of Engineering
Saba Ghole, Co-Founder and CCO of NuVu Studio
Erin Flynn, Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Portland State University
Nick Iuviene, Just Urban Economies Director at MIT Co-Lab
Moderated by Adam Friedman, Executive Director of Pratt Center for Community Development and UMA Board Chair
8:30pm - Event Wraps
Thursday, May 18th - Main Gathering Event - Aeronaut Brewing Company - 14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA
9:00am - Registration Opens
10:00am - Event Begins / Welcome Address
10:15am - Presentation around Making, Scaling & Inclusion
10:45am - Networking Break
11:15am - Making & Scaling Rapid Share Programs
Making: Spaces and their relative programs that are supporting maker entrepreneurship and the development of a manufacturing ecosystem.
Scaling: Businesses who have successfully scaled from small production to a larger enterprise, and organizations who support that process.
12:15pm -- Lunch / Networking Break
1:15pm - Inclusion Rapid Shares Programs
Inclusion: Programs, individuals, businesses and organizations who have equity at the forefront of their mission.
2:15pm - Networking Break
2:45pm - Facilitated Breakout Discussion Groups
Land Use and Real Estate Development: Strategies for creating inclusive spaces for maker-enterprises and step-up space for growing businesses.
Harnessing Local Talent: Programs that are supporting the formation of maker-enterprises and the hiring of skilled workers from all communities.
Tools for Scaling: Services intermediaries are offering small businesses to help them expand, from procurement opportunities to access to financing to regional supply chain management.
4:30pm - Reconvene / Closing Remarks
5:00pm - Happy Hour at Aeronaut
Friday, May 19th - Manufacturing Tours - Boynton Yards
10:00am - 1:00pm; Meeting location TBA
Locations Include: Taza Chocolate, FormLabs, Union Square Donuts, and Somerville Brewing Company!
Thank you to our Sponsors!
About UMA Gatherings
UMA Gatherings serve as an opportunity to create a more interconnected urban manufacturing ecosystem: from makers and manufacturers, to those who support their work in municipal government, workforce nonprofits and academic institutions. Further, they provide a needed space to develop new policies and share ideas to support the resurgence of manufacturing in American cities.
Following an “unconference” model, UMA members interact through facilitated discussions, rapid-style presentations and networking opportunities. Gathering attendees develop their own agendas by selecting discussion areas from UMA’s Communities of Practice: workforce development, land use and real estate development, local branding and equity, as well as other relevant areas of interest, such as scaling up and industry-related breakout groups.
UMA is a coalition of 500 members across 145 cities who are sustaining and growing manufacturing in urban centers. Manufacturing matters, and it matters deeply to the health and vitality of cities. A strong urban manufacturing base supports innovation, sustains living-wage jobs that provide a crucial pathway to the middle class, promotes workforce inclusion and increasingly advances environmental sustainability.
A small, dense city, Somerville has an amazing diversity of makers and manufacturers – from chocolatiers and foundries, to cideries and machine shops. We will expose attendees to all types of facilities including Artisans Asylum (a community-driven makerspace), Greentown Labs (a prototyping, co-working and shared equipment space for green tech entrepreneurs), Aeronaut Brewing, Union Square Donuts, Taza Chocolate and more. Somerville’s DIY culture and proximity to advanced institutions make it a creative epicenter for the Northeast and our Gathering will feature stories from local service providers, first-hand experiences from manufacturers and a welcome address by current Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.
Porter Square Hotel
Call 617-499-3399 to book;
Holiday Inn - Boston Bunker Hill Area (in Somerville)
Call 617-628-1000 to book.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge
Call 617-621-1999 to book.
Photo Credit: Robert Clark
Full Pass: Wednesday Welcome Reception + Thursday Gathering + Friday Tours
Two Day: Thursday Gathering + Friday Tours
Reception Only: Wednesday Welcome Reception Only
Artisan Sponsorship - Includes two Full Pass Tickets: Wednesday Welcome Reception + Thursday Gathering + Friday Tours
Community Sponsorship - Includes one Full Pass Ticket: Wednesday Welcome Reception + Thursday Gathering + Friday Tours
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