NIghtfall at The Miller Plaza and Park will be alive with music, motorcycles and maker activities for NOMCON attendees of all ages.

NIghtfall at The Miller Plaza and Park will be alive with music, motorcycles and maker activities for NOMCON attendees of all ages.

NOMCON Conference agenda

(Please note: This is a working agenda and the schedule is subject to change)

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    • Welcome Reception at Miller Park followed by Nightfall, a free community concert provided by Chattanooga Presents . Maker activities provided by the Chattanooga Public Library and the Creative Discovery Museum. Click here to see the Nightfall Schedule.

SATURDAY, June 15, 2019

  • 8:00 a.m.

    • Registration and Breakfast (Please note: Registration is available throughout the day)

  • 8:30 am-10:00 am

    • Opening Remarks & Keynote 1: Mayor’s Maker Town Hall

  • 10:10 am - 11:00 a.m.

    • Session 1 Block

  • 11:10 am - 12:00 pm

    • Session 2 Block

  • 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

    • Lunch and workshop presented by Fairchild Botanical Garden

  • 1:4o pm - 2:30 pm

    • Session 3 Block

  • 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm

    • Session 4 Block

  • 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm

    • Keynote 2: Sherry Lassiter & Sonya Pryor-Jones

  • 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

    • Project Seeding Session

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SUNDAY, June 16, 2019

  • 8:30 a.m.

    • Registration and Breakfast (Please note: Registration is available throughout the day)

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    • Keynote 3: Sara Trail and the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA)

  • 10:10 am - 11:10 a.m.

    • Project Planning Session

  • 11:20 am - 12:10 pm

    • Session 5 Block

  • 12:20 pm - 1:30 pm

    • NOMCON Awards Ceremony and Lunch

  • 1:4o pm - 2:30 pm

    • Session 6 Block

  • 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm

    • Session 7 Block

  • 3:40 pm - 4:40 pm

    • Keynote 4: David Kong

  • 4:40-5:00

    • Closing Remarks: Dorothy Jones-Davis, PhD - Executive Director, Nation of Makers

  • 5:00 pm

    • End of NOMCON 2019 - see you next year!


“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
- Edward Everett Hale

The theme for the NOMCON 2019 is The Power of the Network - celebrating our diverse community of makers that represent a multitude of backgrounds, geographies, and perspectives, and our connections to one another. Networks uncover opportunities that lie beyond what any one organization can achieve, and we’re eager to explore those opportunities in this year’s NOMCON. Individually, each organization with the Nation of Makers represents a key piece of the maker ecosystem, but our strength as the Nation of Makers is in the collective.

As a maker community, we enjoy a rich connection of talent, backgrounds, ideas and skills that are not often recognized beyond the boundaries of our maker space. We recognize that, in addition to elevating examples of successful networks, and telling untold histories, there is a need for us as a community to be self-reflective, to document and share best practices, resources, and support each other in deliberately becoming stronger together. 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, workshops, panels, presentations, and working sessions) that will be selected to advance the dialogue within our community:

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

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)


This year we also are excited to weave YOUTH TRACK programming (programming geared towards a younger audience) throughout all 6 tracks. And as Intentional Inclusion remains a focus of the mission of Nation of Makers, we will continue to weave last year’s theme of Intentional Inclusion throughout the entire conference.

The NOMCON conference theme, “The Power of the Network” will be woven throughout each of the six conference 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.