Adult Maker Class: Creative Puzzles with CAD
Jun
4
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Creative Puzzles with CAD

Adult Maker Mondays are a great opportunity to make your own project with our Master Maker, Jason Huselton. Each class involves learning specific software tailored towards a unique project. Jason will guide you through this process as you work alongside other makers in a challenging and collaborative environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills, use cool equipment, and make an awesome project! 

This class takes you through the process of designing your own project with CAD. Create your own puzzle within CAD and cut it out on our state-of-the-art laser engraver!

 

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Pitch Night with The Conductor
Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with The Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on June 7. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Youth Maker Monday: Father's Day
Jun
11
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Monday: Father's Day

Please bring your laptop if you are able.

Youth Maker Mondays are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA's Makerspace and complete challenging projects using our state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, design, and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don't miss out!

This class takes you through the learning of programs centered around CAD. You will create custom designs in these programs and convert those designs into a file to engrave or cut a project on our state-of-the-art laser engraver. Come make a personal customized project to give to your father on Father's Day this year! Be unique and be creative to make something memorable!

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Adult Maker Class: Inkscape
Jun
25
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Inkscape

Adult Maker Mondays are a great opportunity to make your own project with our Master Maker, Jason Huselton. Each class involves learning specific software tailored towards a unique project. Jason will guide you through this process as you work alongside other makers in a challenging and collaborative environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills, use cool equipment, and make an awesome project!

This class teaches you all the details of the Inkscape program.

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Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Arkansas, Inc

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Hugh McDonald's life and business advice, and network over dinner! 

This is free and open to the public.

Location: TBD

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Hugh McDonald

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Hugh McDonald:

Hugh T. McDonald was named president and chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas, Inc. on June 1, 2000 and retired May 1, 2016. 

Hugh joined Entergy in 1982 as an engineer at Waterford 3 nuclear generating plant in Louisiana.  Since then he has held various management positions in the distribution, transmission, customer service, retail marketing and regulatory business functions in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas. 

Prior to working for Entergy, Hugh was employed by Black and Veatch Consulting Engineers in Overland Park, Kansas.

Hugh is a past Board member of the United States Chamber of Commerce and past Board Chair of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fifty for the Future and the Arkansas Research Alliance.  He also served as a member of the Sam Walton College of Business Advisory Board and the UALR College of Business Advisory Council.

Hugh currently serves as Chairman of the Arkansas Career Education and Workforce Development Board and Vice Chair of The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas.  He and his wife also are reading tutors for 3rd graders at Stephens Elementary in Little Rock through the ARKids Read, grade-level reading program.

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University, 1980; and earned his MBA degree from the University of New Orleans in 1987. 

Hugh and his wife, Michelle, have 3 children.

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Startup Grind with Charisse Childers
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Charisse Childers

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Charisse Childers, Director for Arkansas Career Education.

 

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Charisse Childers's life and business advice, and network over food!

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Charisse Childers

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Charisse Childers:

Having spent all of her life in Arkansas, raised in Blytheville and now living in Little Rock, Dr. Charisse Childers is always working to make a difference in the lives of others. Her experiences, knowledge, and unwavering enthusiasm are demonstrated in everything that she does. With 30 years of years of work and personal experience in business, education, law enforcement, non-profits and economic development, she has built friendships and has contacts in all parts of the state.

After graduating from Blytheville High School, Dr. Childers worked her way through college at Arkansas State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1988. Realizing that she wanted to continue her education and that additional education and training would open up greater opportunities, she later earned master’s and specialist’s degrees from Arkansas State University. Then at the age of 42, she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Policy.

Dr. Childers’ career began in secondary and post-secondary education – giving her an opportunity to work with students and demonstrate the importance of an education. In addition to serving on a national education board and being recognized for her exemplary work in post-secondary education, she has written and administered federal, state, and local grants and has been a federal grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education.

She served from 2006–2014 as the executive director of Accelerate Arkansas, an 80-member statewide group of business and education leaders dedicated to knowledge-based economic development in the state of Arkansas. She was appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education in January 2015 where she continues working with leaders around the state on education and economic development policy and career and educational services that prepare our youth and adults for jobs while meeting the needs of our businesses in Arkansas. 

Most recently, Dr.Childers was recognized by her peers as the 2016 ‘Rising Star’ by Advance CTE – an association of state directors of career and technical education.  Previously, she was recognized by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation as one of 40 non-profit leaders in the state-based on her accomplishments and strong leadership traits that exemplify the legacy of Governor Rockefeller and who are contributing to moving the needle in Arkansas.

Dr. Childers served on the Arkansas State Police Commission for seven years and currently is a member of the Arkansas State Police Foundation. She serves on the board of the Arkansas State Alumni Association and  Advance CTE.

  

 

 

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Aug
2
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on August 2. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Startup Grind with President Houston Davis
Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with President Houston Davis

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with President Houston Davis, president of the University of Central Arkansas.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear President Davis's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with President Davis

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About President Davis:

Prior to becoming President of UCA, Houston Davis was interim President of Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Davis also served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the University System of Georgia from 2012 to 2017. Before his role in Georgia, Davis served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education from 2007 to 2012. He has also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents, on faculty and in academic leadership for Austin Peay State University, in fiscal and academic affairs for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and as a regional counselor for the University of Memphis. 

He is involved in research projects and writing in the areas of higher education governance, economic development, and accountability issues in higher education and serves on several national advisory groups on higher education policy, degree completion, academic preparation, and accountability.  He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University with other degrees from the University of Memphis and Tennessee State University.  He and his wife, Jenny, have three children – Polly (20), Whitney (17), and Joshua (14).

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Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock, Vice Chairman for Centennial Bank.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Bunny Adcock's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Bunny Adcock

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Bunny Adcock:

Bunny Adcock has been heavily involved with government and banking throughout his career. His extensive experience includes:

  • European Office of State of Ark. (1976-1979)
  • Asst to Gov. White of Ark. (1980-1982)
  • Reagan White House (1982-1983)
  • First National Bank of Conway (1983-1996)
  • President, Ark Development Finance Authority (1996-1997)
  • Helped Organize First State Bank of Conway
  • Helped Organize Twin City Bank North Little Rock
  • Board of Dir. First State and Twin City Bank
  • Board member, Home BancShares
  • Golf Coach, University of Central Arkansas (1999-2002)
  • V P of Development, Univ. of Central Ark. (2003)
  • Bank Commissioner, State of Ark (2003-2007)
  • V P of Finance, University of Central Ark 2009
  • University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees (2013-present)
  • Vice Chairman for Centennial Bank
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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on October 4. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler, Founder and Lead Visionary of Deliver Hope.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Daniel Tyler's life and business advice, and network over food!

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Daniel Tyler

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Daniel Tyler:

While serving as pastor for the past 12 years, God birthed a vision in Daniel to create a organization specifically for young people caught in the emotional and relational chaos, dangerous choices, and emptiness that once marked Daniel’s life.

The vision came together in the form of Deliver Hope. Deliver Hope is one of the leading community organizations working towards restorative justice for at-risk youth in Central Arkansas. Since Deliver Hope has partnered with the Faulkner County Juvenile court, there’s been a 48% reduction in the number of young people going into the Faulkner County juvenile detention center.

Daniel lives dedicated to inspiring people to dream beyond their circumstances, excel despite their disadvantages, and reach their fullest God-given potential.

Daniel also serves as a teaching pastor at City Church in Conway. He has been married to his bride for 9 years and together they have 3 children. 

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Startup Grind with Brad Lacy
Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Brad Lacy

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Brad Lacy, President & CEO at Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Brad Lacy's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Brad Lacy

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Brad Lacy

Brad Lacy is a native of Ida, Arkansas and began his economic development career in 1997 with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission as a community development consultant and later as a project manager, where he worked to recruit companies to the state.

Brad has served as the President/CEO of the Conway Development Corporation (CDC), the city of Conway’s nonprofit economic development entity, since 2000. During his tenure, the CDC has acquired a 700-acre site for a new airport and developed a 180-acre office and technology park called The Meadows. In 2009, the park became home to a new Hewlett Packard facility creating over 1,400 jobs, with the Corporation acting as developer on the $36 million, LEED- certified office building. Since 2006, the CDC has recruited over 2,700 new jobs to the area representing over $100 million in new payroll. Most recently, the CDC has formed a joint venture to redevelop the city’s current airport property into Central Landing, a 200 acre mixed use development featuring over 800,000 sf of high end retail. It will be the largest project in the history of the city. In December 2006, Brad became President/CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. It marked the first time in nearly two decades that the Chamber and CDC have been under the leadership of the same person. The combined management of both organizations brings the city a larger staff to focus on economic development activities. With over 1,300 members and a budget exceeding $3,000,000 annually, the Chamber is the third largest in Arkansas. In 2013, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. He is a graduate of the Community Development Institute at UCA, and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Chamber  of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management. Brad is also a graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute Class of 1999 and the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class of 2004. In 2011, Brad received his Certified Chamber Executive credentials through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

He is a member of Conway’s Second Baptist Church. He is a past chairman of the City of Conway’s Historic District Commission, a past president of the University of Central Arkansas Foundation Board, and a past president of Arkansas Economic Developers. In 2012, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe appointed Lacy to a seven year term on the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees.

 

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on December 6. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe
May
23
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe, Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Greg Bledsoe's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public. Join us at Old Chicago for food and drinks.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Greg Bledsoe

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Greg Bledsoe:

Dr. Gregory H. Bledsoe is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician and the current Surgeon General for the state of Arkansas.

After completing medical school and residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Bledsoe spent five years on faculty in the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine completing a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2005, he received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Bledsoe has extensive experience in international travel having visited over 50 countries. His international medical experience includes serving as a field physician in Honduras, teaching disaster preparedness in Tanzania, leading a nutritional survey among the Beja tribe in northeast Sudan, working as a medical consultant in Beijing, China, and acting as the medical officer for ships in both Antarctica and the Arctic. He is the chief editor of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, a 700 page medical text published by Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2008.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Bledsoe has been an instructor and medical consultant for the United States Secret Service. He was the personal physician to former President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s tour of Africa in September 2002, and served in Uganda and Senegal on the advance team of President George W. Bush when the President visited the African continent in July of 2003.

Dr. Bledsoe’s research has been published in many prestigious medical journals. He is a frequent public speaker regarding health issues, and also is a private pilot, a scuba diver, an Eagle Scout, a student in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and a member of The Explorers Club. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and three daughters.

Specialties: expedition medicine, medical education, entrepreneurship

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee
May
16
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee

Join the Conductor, young professionals and startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling.

Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they got their start.

This month we will hear from local entrepreneur and Zeteo Coffee co-founder, Jon Mitchell.

Zeteo Coffee is a local coffee shop that is passionate about crafting excellent coffee and supporting the community that surrounds it.

Come hear the story of Zeteo Coffee from co-founder Jon Mitchell.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

11:00 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. Lunch is served.

11:30 a.m. - Presentations will begin.

11:45 a.m. - Q & A with Jon.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

May 16 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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Master Maker Class: Soldering 101
May
15
5:00 PM17:00

Master Maker Class: Soldering 101

Master Maker Classes allow you to create specific projects and learn new skills from one of our Certified Maker Mentors. Our Certified Maker Mentors are pulled from the network of makers in Conway and Central Arkansas. Each of them holds a unique specialty skill in making and will take you through a class tailored to their specialty. Join the Conductor and our Certified Maker Mentors for an awesome evening of learning unique ways to make.


Join Eric Bryan and learn the basics of using a soldering iron for electrical/electronics work. Learn about iron wattage and temperature, solder type, flux type, tinning your tip, tinning wires, soldering wires, soldering the wire to boards, soldering components to boards, desoldering with a solder sucker, desoldering with braid, and component removal with ChipQuik. Hope to see you there! 

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Youth Maker Monday: Creative Puzzles with CAD
May
14
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Monday: Creative Puzzles with CAD

Please bring your own laptop if you are able.

Youth Maker Mondays are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA's Makerspace and complete challenging projects using our state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, design, and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don't miss out!

This class takes you through the process of designing your own project with CAD. Create your own puzzle within CAD and engrave it on our state-of-the-art laser engraver!

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Youth Maker Monday: Innovative Solutions
Apr
30
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Monday: Innovative Solutions

Youth Maker Monday: Innovative Solutions

Please bring your own laptop if able.

Who can attend: Youth - Ages 8-15

Can you think of a problem you face every day or even just every week? Every problem needs a solution. In this 1.5 hour class, you'll get to work with CAD software and 3D production printers to create an actual solution to a problem. This Youth Maker Monday will provide the group with a platform to identify and analyze real-world problems and collaborate with their peers to conceptualize tangible solutions. The attendees will work in teams to find a solution that they can create in the Makerspace. This class will encourage the youth to think critically about problems they face in the real-world and take interest in developing an applicable solution.

What do you need to do?

Think of a problem you face on a daily basis,  and come up with ideas that you think you can fix using a product you can physically make. Come with ideas and be ready to brainstorm!

What will we do?

4:00 - Talk collectively as a group(s) and decide on a common problem(s) we want to fix.

4:15 - Draw up a mock design on the whiteboard and brainstorm solutions.

4:30 - Take the drawing to the PC and begin drawing up the solution in 3D CAD.

5:00 - Kick off a 3D Print of the final solution.

 

NOTE - Due to time constraints, you will likely not be able to leave with your print after the event.  We will print them for you, and you’ll be able to pick it up the following day.  

Please bring a laptop if at all possible, to keep from having to share a computer with another attendee.

Who can attend: Youth - Ages 8-15

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Make for Mom
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Make for Mom

Are you looking for a great, personalized gift for your mom for Mothers Day? Join the Conductor Saturday, April 28 for Make for Mother's Day. Come any time between 9:00am and 11:00 to engrave a project of your choice. Don't miss this opportunity to make your mom an awesome and personalized gift!

Project Options:

Picture Frames

Mother's Day Cards

Charm Bracets

And any other gift ideas you have!

 

If possible, bring a laptop.

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on April 26 at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Master Maker Class: Introduction to Arduino
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Master Maker Class: Introduction to Arduino

 

Please bring your own laptop if able.

This class is a basic introduction to the Arduino microcontroller platform for individuals who have little or no experience with Arduino, electronics, or programming. In the class, participants will learn what Arduino is, how it can be used in various environments from hobbyist to commercial, and get hands-on experience building simple Arduino projects and writing the code to make them work. The class will be led by Maker Mentor Justin Rowan.

Make sure to bring your own laptop.

Run of show:

1) What is Arduino? (15 minutes)

2) Hardware Basics (15 minutes)

3) Software Basics (30 minutes)

4) Hands-on Projects & Q&A (70 minutes)

RSVP to reserve your spot now!

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers

Join the Conductor, young professionals and startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling.

Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q&A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they got their start.

This month we will hear from local entrepreneur Drew Spurgers.

Drew Spurgers is a Marketing & HR professional. Owner of Kangabloo Creative & SHADE Sunless Spa, Drew spends his days working primarily in communication and leading teams to success. Drew has a passion for helping local businesses succeed, as well as a keen ability to see the big picture. In his free time, Drew volunteers with animal rescue organizations.

Kangabloo Creative is a small business marketing firm that helps companies tell their story and reach their target demographic. Kangabloo focuses on strategy, branding, design, and development.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

11:00 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. Lunch is served.

11:30 a.m. - Presentations will begin.

11:45 a.m. - Q & A with Drew.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

Apr. 18 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Startup Grind with Jerry Jones
Mar
26
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Jerry Jones

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Jerry Jones, Acxiom’s Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Jerry Jones' life and business advice, and network over Old Chicago food & drink.

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Jerry Jones

7:00 p.m. - Networking

About Jerry Jones:

Jerry C. Jones is the Company’s Chief Ethics and Legal Officer and Executive Vice President. He joined Acxiom in 1999 and oversees legal and data ethics matters. He also assists in the strategy and execution of mergers and alliances and the Company’s strategic initiatives. Previously, he was employed for 19 years as an attorney with the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, representing a broad range of business interests. He is a member of the board of directors of Agilysys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGYS), a leading developer and marketer of proprietary enterprise software, services and solutions to the hospitality and retail industries, where he serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of Heifer International and on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Board of Visitors, and is a co-founder of uHire U.S. He is a Special Advisor to the Club de Madrid, an organization composed of over 100 former Presidents and Prime Ministers from more than 60 democratic countries. He was a member of the board of directors of Entrust, Inc. until it was purchased by private investors in 2009 and is former chairman of the board of the Arkansas Virtual Academy. Mr. Jones holds a juris doctorate degree and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas.

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Raspberry Pi Bake-Off
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Raspberry Pi Bake-Off

Raspberry Pi Bake-Off

The deadline to apply is March 6 at 8:00 p.m.

What’s a Raspberry Pi?

Put the oven-mitts away, there’s no literal baking required for this one.  The Raspberry Pi is an affordable, credit card sized, micro-computer designed to help people learn computer science.  Since its launch in 2012, the single board computer has become tremendously popular and widely used by hobbyists and educators alike.  With multiple models available the price of a Pi ranges from just $5 to about $35.  With costs so low it is easy to see how these fully functional microcomputers have become incredibly popular for diverse projects.  You can learn more about the Pi from the Raspberry Pi Foundation: https://www.raspberrypi.org/

What’s a Raspberry Pi Bake-off?

It’s a chance to show off your project and have some fun with other makers. This event encourages makers to create a fun (and/or useful) project using a Raspberry Pi (or compatible single board computer) to display on the eve of Pi Day, March 13, 2018, at UCA's Makerspace on Donaghey, in Conway.

Judges and the crowd will pick their favorites and choose who gets the glory, the fame and prizes. If you are curious, but not up for making a project, you can just come support your favorite maker and check out what others made.

How do I participate?

Sign-up is free and open to all. Submit your project idea and answer a few questions so we’re ready for you. Please remember that projects will be on display in a relatively crowded room, with the lights on for an hour and a half on March 13. As such, we want to make sure projects are safe and do not require a dark environment. Sorry night-time dependent projects and flamethrowers - the Pi bake-off probably isn’t your place to shine. It is also a good idea to consider how you will show-off your project in action (e.g. if you did a media server you might want to make a visual aid to explain why it’s cool since being a media server isn’t very interesting to look at, or maybe yours is???).

Makers should have their project ready on March 13.

We will have a group work session to finish or test your projects, meet and greet each other and prep for the event one week prior (March 6th) at the UCA's Makerspace.

Contact our Master Maker, Jason, and our Maker Mentor, Shawn, through email at jason@arconductor.org and shawn@laluchaspace.com with any questions.

If you've ever heard some geeks talking about the Raspberry Pi and wondered what it was and what it did? Or why they needed a keyboard for a pie?  You are in luck! As Pi Day (March 14) approaches your local makers are gearing up for a Raspberry Pi Bake-off.  No, not ‘p-i-e’ -- this event is a showcase of maker creations that feature the popular, affordable ($5-$35) micro-computer that shares its name with the tasty dessert.

You can come see what makers are doing with the Raspberry Pi, have some actual pie (the dessert kind), and check out the UCA Makerspace on Donaghey on March 13, 2018, from 6 pm - 7:30 pm.  The event is free and open to all.

Come see what all the talk is about and help pick the crowd favorite. Now is the time to RSVP!

March 13 // 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. // UCA's Makerspace

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Youth Maker Monday: 3D CAD Drawing
Feb
26
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Monday: 3D CAD Drawing

Youth Maker Monday: 3D CAD Drawing

Please bring your own laptop if able.

Love 3D Printing?  Want to learn how to draw in 3D so you can make your own models to print?  Come join our introductory class on 3D CAD!  We will use Tinkercad to learn the fundamentals, giving you a basic understanding of drawing in 3D.  You will be able to use these skills to help you in math, design, and engineering.  Once you draw up your design, we will print your model on our 3D printers and you will be able to have a physical model of what you created on the computer. Prints will need to be designed to the size of 8.5" x 8.5" x 8.5" or smaller to fit our 3D printers.

NOTE - Due to time constraints, you will not be able to leave with your print after the event.  We will print them for you, and you’ll be able to pick it up the following day.  

Please bring a laptop if at all possible, to keep from having to share a computer with another attendee.

Who can attend: Youth - Ages 8-15

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Adult Maker Class: CAD Creations
Feb
20
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: CAD Creations

Adult Maker Class: CAD Creations

Please bring your own laptop if able.

You will be creating your own design using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software! CAD is a program that allows you to develop specifications and drawings to transform that initial idea into reality. CAD is used by skilled technicians to draft designs for nearly anything that is manufactured or constructed. Jason, our master maker, will be giving a detailed tutorial of CAD and will be able to provide hands-on instruction to help you use CAD to create your own design. Once you’ve created your design you will bring it to reality by laser cutting into wood using our state-of-the-art laser machine. You will have your own creation to customize and decorate, making it a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Creation will need to be the size of 6”x6” or smaller so that everyone is able to laser cut their creation.

Examples of what you can create: Two-arm fidget spinner, three-arm fidget spinner, ornament, coaster, bookmarks, bag tag, cell phone stand, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Who can attend: Adult - Ages 16 & up.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Feb
1
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on February 1 at UCA Downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

Those presenting are Edwin Ortiz with Luncher, Dan Roda with MediPays and Ryan Wheelington with Advanced "Take-Down" Treestands.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

Tonight we are hearing pitches from three entrepreneurs. Their growth and success can be accelerated with your help. Please leave your feedback on their pitch using these surveys! 

Luncher (Edwin Ortiz): https://goo.gl/forms/wvXry5snpJbGqNSq2

MediPays (Dan Roda): https://goo.gl/forms/AzuUkAcKfLObwOPo2

Advanced Take-Down Tree Stand (Ryan Wheelington): https://goo.gl/forms/cCulquzY5DtPP43r1

Thank you so much for your help!

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Youth Maker Monday: CAD Creations
Jan
29
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Monday: CAD Creations

Youth Maker Monday: CAD Creations

Sign up for the Conductor’s first Youth Maker Monday of 2018 at UCA’s Makerspace!  Our first youth workshop of 2018 is here, and you won’t want to miss it!  You will be creating your own design using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software! CAD is a program that allows you to develop specifications and drawings to transform that initial idea into reality. CAD is used by skilled technicians to draft designs for nearly anything that is manufactured or constructed. Jason, our master maker, will be giving a detailed tutorial of CAD and will be able to provide hands-on instruction to help you use CAD to create your own design. Once you’ve created your design you will bring it to reality by laser cutting into wood using our state-of-the-art laser machine. You will have your own creation to customize and decorate, making it a one-of-a-kind work of art. We will have paint, wood stain, markers, and wood burners to help you decorate your creation.

Creation will need to be the size of 6”x6” or smaller so that everyone is able to laser cut their creation.

Examples of what you can create: Two-arm fidget spinner, three-arm fidget spinner, ornament, coaster, bookmarks, bag tag, cell phone stand, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Who can attend: Youth - Ages 8-15

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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