We are happy to announce that Bennett M. Harris will join us to host a seminar for the Triad NC Makers Summit on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Alamance Community College located at 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC 27253. The Summit will take place from 9 am – 3 pm and is free and open to the public.
Bennett “Ben”M. Harris is a Maker who has lived in Burlington NC since 1998. He became an entrepreneur in 2001 when he started a consulting business to provide services to companies that produced educational products. In 2004 he launched his own line of STEM Science Kits called “Reinventing Science” that have become best-sellers with educational supply companies throughout the country. In 2008 he took over production of his kits and made them out of his home using CNC Routers and other technology.
In 2011 he was invited to exhibit his kits at the Maker Faire in San Mateo where he showed them off to over 150,000 people. Awakened to the power of the “Maker Movement” Ben returned to Alamance County and founded “The Alamance Makers Guild” a non profit group for local makers who have held almost 200 free public facing meetings and events over the last six years. Ben is also the founder and executive producer of Maker Faire Burlington, an event that has grown to be the largest Maker Faire in North Carolina. In 2016 he, along with two partners, launched STEAM Junction, LLC a new Makerspace in Downtown Burlington.
In 2014 Ben was recognized by the Obama Administration for the work he had been doing in STEM Education and at community building around the Maker Movement in Alamance County and North Carolina with an invitation as an “Honored Maker Attendee” to the first ever White House Maker Faire. Since then he has been invited back to the White House for five additional meetings where he was also able to take local community leaders. These meetings led to the formation of a nation-wide non-profit organization called “Nation of Makers” designed to promote the Maker Movement and help with the formation of Makerspaces. Ben currently serves as “Maker Ambassador to North Carolina” for Nation of Makers. Through STEAM Junction Ben works with local schools to promote STEM/STEAM Education and also encourages people to start new creative and technical businesses.
The Triad NC Makers Summit a 1 Day Business Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs who want to BUILD & BRAND their Businesses!
- Product Development Resources
- How to Launch Your Brand
- Marketing & Social Media
- Selling Online & In person
- State Regulations and Business Start Up