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June 5-6
Chattanooga, TN

EduFAB is partnering with the Public Education Foundation to host the 1st annual FAB Connect Conference, June 5 - 6, 2023 in Chattanooga, TN. This event will be in person at the Global Center for Digital Innovation. FAB Connect is designed to provide opportunities for makerspace, FabLab, and STEM lab leaders to engage with like-minded individuals in an effort to create national network as we collaborate to "Build What's Next!"

If you lead a FabLab or makerspace in a formal or informal educational setting, or if you run a community space, this event is for you. It will be a chance to engage with others who share your passion as we all exchange insights, ideas, best practices, and work together to continue to drive forward in this space!

Register by April 28th for the Early Bird Discount $125

Monday, June 5



Welcome and Introductions

Keynote Talk: A dialogue with Sherry Lassiter, CEO of Fab Foundation

Networking and Unconference Sessions

optional tour of the Global Center for Digital Innovation

Single Slide Spotlight


8:00pm   Networking Reception

Tuesday, June 6


8:30am-3:00pm   Welcome and Kickoff

Working Group Strands:

      Fab Educators Summit

      New Collar Workforce Group

      Mobile Fab Labs

Network Development

New to Making and Digital Fabrication: resources


unconference sessions

Bring ideas, innovations, and challenges to discuss with the FAB Connect community during the Unconference Sessions

single slide SPOTLIGHT

Share one thing that you are working on with the FAB Connect community using just ONE slide and 3 minutes.

Working Group Strands

On Tuesday, join a working group strand to dive deeper into a subject matter and then share your work with the larger FAB Connect group.


While there will be plenty of opportunities to network during this event, a networking reception will be held Monday night for all registered attendees.

Conference Hotel and Transportation

All conference activities will be located at the Global Center for Digital Innovation on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College.  A shuttle bus will transport conference attendees to and from the Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown Chattanooga for both days of the conference. Our special Fab Connect rate includes onsite valet parking.

Airports: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) (Uber or Lyft)

               Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (ATL) (about 2 hours drive)

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