September 19, 2016


September 19, 2017

The Maker City Summit is a gathering for makers who want to grow successful businesses. It’s a full day of dialogue about how to create a stronger maker community. Meet with experts that will help guide you in your business of making. Learn from collaborative panel discussions, one-on-one sessions with industry experts, and keynote speakers, and most importantly, from each other.

Take a look at highlights from the 2016 and 2017 Summit experiences:


Press from the 2017 Summit:

ABC 6 - WATE

Craftspeople, business owners come together for Knoxville summit

INSIDE OF KNOXVILLE

Knoxville Brands Itself as “The Maker City”

BLANK NEWS

Knoxville named The Maker City at summit for creative entrepreneurs

WBIR

New push to make Knoxville the 'Maker City'

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2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Our talented and inspirational speakers are helping makers and their communities grow strategically and successfully.

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SESSIONS & DISCUSSIONS

two separate sessions AND DISCUSSIONS running concurrently that best fit your business needs. 

BRAND THINKING FOR MAKERS | Presented by Joseph Nother, Designsensory / PopFizz

PRO TIPS FROM SUCCESSFUL ETSY SELLERS | Hosted by Isabella Diaz, Etsy

READY, SET, SELL! | Moderated by David Harman, Native Maps

THE ROAD TO INSPIRATION | Moderated by Doug Laney, Knox Makers

STRATEGIC & SUSTAINABLE GROWTH | Moderated by Andrew Edens, Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber

HOW TO DRIVE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BRAND/SITE | Moderated by Julie Ferrara, UT

TRANSFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY | Moderated by Derek White, Bird on the Wire Studios

BUILDING A NATION OF MAKERS | Dorothy Jones-Davis, Nation of Makers

GROWING THE MAKER CULTURE with Ben Epperson, Great Schools Partnership &

DOING BUSINESS IN THE CITY | City of Knoxville Departments

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ASK THE EXPERTS

Whatever you're stuck on, ask the experts iS a complimentary 15-minute consultation with local business professionals. with over 30 experts, attendees received help on many topics, like accounting & finance, product photography, marketing, and more.

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Press from 2016 Summit:


2016 maker city summit

"On Monday, as a result of their tenaciousness, over 300 makers and city officials filled The Mill & Mine for the inaugural Knoxville Maker City Summit. The organizers' goal was to talk about the successes and needs of the maker community in Knoxville."

- Knoxville News Sentinel

Mayor rogero and etsy officially proclaim knoxville a 'maker city'

Joined by Etsy representatives and the MakeKnox team, Mayor Rogero officially proclaims Knoxville a 'Maker City' by revealing the sign below and announcing the first ever Maker Council. 

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Joy O'Shell from the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center accepts a plaque honoring Knoxville's commitment to the "creative economy and maker communities."

the new maker council

"With the introduction of Mayor Rogero's Maker's Council," added Erickson, "the Knoxville Action Team has further ensured that the city's micro-entrepreneurs have a voice in local government, skillfully bringing the vision of an Etsy Maker City to life here in Knoxville."
-Knoxville News Sentinel

what is a maker city?

Ilyssa Meyer from Etsy started off the day with a keynote address titled, "What is a Maker City?" Afterwards, small groups discussed the question: when you imagine an ideal Maker City, what do you see?