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.



  • Pre-conference tours of Chattanooga MakerSpaces - 11am to 5pm (Stay tuned for more details)

  • Welcoming Event with Nightfall at Miller Park. Maker activities provided by the Chattanooga Public Library  - 7 pm to 10 pm


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

  • Evening Reception at The Chattanooga Choo-Choo with Songbirds and Station Street - 7 pm to 9 pm


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


“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. 

Chattanooga - HOME TEAM


"As a city of creators, Chattanooga is thrilled to welcome NOMCON 2019 to the Scenic City. Chattanooga has a history of cultivating makers from its people to its products and its places. We’ve seen tremendous growth due to our entrepreneurial spirit and high quality of life. Chattanooga is committed to supporting the national conversation and is glad to serve as host to the Nation of Makers conference." 

Thank you, 

– Mayor Andy Berke

Your Chattanooga Ground Crew

Ken Hays - The Enterprise Center

Eugenia Payne - The Enterprise Center

Jonathan Susman - The City of Chattanooga

Brian Murphy - Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tiffany Y’Vonne - iQuark

Jennifer Skjellum - Co.Lab

Michael Stone - Public Education Foundation

Meredith Levine - The Chattanooga Public Library, 4th Floor

Kate Warren - NOMCON and Art 120

The Chattanooga application team Kathryn Warren, Tiffany Y’Vonne, and Jeff Johnson would like to express their gratitude to so many local organizations, that stepped up to make NOMCON 2019 in Chattanooga a reality (listed alphabetically):

  • Art 120

  • Arts Build

  • Association of Visual Artists (AVA)

  • Bessie Smith Cultural Center

  • Bike Chattanooga

  • Branch

  • CampHouse


  • Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce


  • Chatt*lab

  • Chattanooga Airport

  • Chattanooga Choo Choo

  • Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Chattanooga Presents

  • Chattanooga Public Library

  • Chattanooga Visitor's Bureau

  • City of Chattanooga

  • CO.LAB

  • Creative Discovery Museum

  • The Enterprise Center

  • EPB

  • The Fab Institute (PEF)

  • GreenSpaces

  • Hamilton County Mayor's Office

  • Hunter Museum of American Art

  • Jazzanooga

  • Outdoor Chattanooga

  • Public Education Foundation

  • River City Company

  • Townsend Atelier

  • Station Street

  • Vision Hospitality Group

  • Volkswagen eLabs

We look forward to continuing to grow support for the conference both locally, and nationally! If you know organizations from around the country that would like to get involved as sponsors, please contact Dorothy Jones-Davis directly at