Monday morning kicked off first thing with a welcome from Governor Raimondo. In her remarks, she saluted the conference as another sign that the tech world and Rhode Island business are really moving ahead together to build our economy.
Following up, Commerce Corp. head Stefan Pryor described how an innovation in gold plating technology over two hundred years ago sparked growth that turned Providence into the world center for jewelry making. Two men, an idea and an industry is born.
Here's how the organizers of this 21st Century symposium describe what they are up to:
"Rhode Island’s Manufacturer + Maker Tech is a three-day symposium on education for advanced technologies. Initially conceived by IYRS, Polaris MEP, RIC and the RI Commerce Corp, the event has grown to include additional organizations across Rhode Island interested in re-envisioning the manufacturing marketplace, as well as the pathway to Manufacturer + Maker careers."
"Targeting Makers/Hackers, Manufacturers, Educators and the public at large, the event will provide insights in workforce preparation, equipment sharing and digital manufacturing through a variety of presentations, panel discussions and equipment demonstrations."
The editors of the JDA website are technologically challenged, so rather than try to explain any further, we offer you a link to the symposium's official website HERE.