• Pre-conference workshop Unconference on Making Liberatory Spaces - 8 am to 8 pm    (TICKETS SOLD OUT)

  • Welcoming Reception at FUSE Makerspace in Albuquerque - 4 pm to 7 pm

  • Welcoming Event at Santa Fe Railyard - 7 pm to 10 pm


  • Opening Keynote and NOMCON sessions - 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

  • Evening Receptions - 7 pm to 9 pm


  • NOMCON Sessions to Closing Keynote - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm


The theme for the NOMCON 2018 is Intentional Inclusion. As a community, we have a rich tradition and diversity that is often not as visibly called "maker". We recognize that, in addition to elevating examples and telling untold histories, there is a need for us as a community to be self-reflective, to document and share best practices, and support each other in deliberately becoming more inclusive. For all of these reasons, we are committed for this gathering to add meaningfully to the maker movement conversation nationally.


The following tracks are focus areas for the conference with specific programming (Ignite Talks, working sessions, and panels) that will be selected to advance the conversation and "level up" the community. For every sessions, we will be asking presenters and facilitators to weave the conference theme of "Intentional Inclusion" throughout. Additionally, each session will be tagged if it is specifically designed for or presented from the point of a view of an EVENT, SPACE, or ORGANIZATION.

Making Local (highlighting the regional impacts of the Maker movement with a spotlight on the efforts in New Mexico)

Making Sustainable (exploring ways that makers make money, sustain their efforts and or source sustainable to survive and thrive)

Making Makers (exploring the ways that educational efforts in formal K-12, higher Ed, informal, career and technical, and adult learning environments are being advanced through making)

Making History (celebrating the inclusive past and predicting the potential future impact of the maker movement)

Making a Difference as a Maker Community (documenting the impact of the social and global change efforts elicited by the maker movement locally and around the globe)


The conference will conclude with project planning sessions, in which new and scaleable efforts can be proposed and developed, allowing conference participants to leave with a plan for collective action - implementable next steps, committed project partners, a clear research agenda, and what we hope will be a sustainable roadmap to future success.


Our theme this year is INTENTIONAL INCLUSION - celebrating the diverse community of makers across our country that represent a multitude of backgrounds, geographies, and perspectives. Creating a culture of inclusion requires a community to be intentional about being open, and to create practices and environments that are welcoming to all.

INTENTIONAL INCLUSION will be woven throughout the each of the five tracks. Each track features a series of eight ignite talks, designed to spark discussion, as well as a working session beyond the ignite talk session, where participants can discuss and ideate "next steps" forward with the ignite session presenters. In addition to the the ignite sessions, the agenda features additional facilitated working sessions for deeper dives into content across and within sectors. Each session will be tagged as recommended for those who run spaces, who are event organizations, or who represent organizations (for-profit, non-profit, educational, government, or institutional). Finally, our final session of the conference is slated to be a project planning session, where new and scaleable efforts can be discussed, and implementable actions and next steps can be identified, allowing the conference participants to leave with a clear vision of next steps, committed project partners, and what we hope will be a sustainable roadmap to future success.