Capitalizing on Social Infrastructure: #MACoCon Panel Talks Makerspaces

At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, an expert panel discussed the ins and outs of makerspaces. 

Increasingly, Maryland’s makerspaces provide greater service to the communities they serve, including providing spaces for gathering and civic engagement, economic development and entrepreneurial inspiration, and central hubs for service delivery. Local governments around the state help empower and support these innovative spaces, and there is ample opportunity to do so moving forward. In this MACo Summer Conference 2022 session, panelists explored local case studies, best practices, and lessons learned from local makerspaces making a difference in their communities and how local governments can partner with them to better serve constituencies.

Title: Makerspaces – Capitalizing on Social Infrastructure



  • Will Holman, Executive Director, Open Works
  • Rick Blanton, Director, Technical Operations , A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Andrea Berstler, Executive Director, Carrol County Public Libraries
  • The Honorable Delegate Jason Buckel
Delegate Jason Buckel kicked off the discussion by introducing Will Holman, who discussed Open Work’s network of makerspaces across Maryland and their high impact low investment model. Andrea Berstler detailed the importance of community involvement in planning and how to best design these spaces. Rick Blanton presented the work being done at the University of Maryland and how high tech these economic development engines can get.
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