How it started

The idea for MakerShift was hatched as an event on May 6, 2017 to celebrate Capital Region “Makers” and to shift public conversations toward exploring the impact that S.T.E.A.M. innovations are having on 21st Century life and work. 

Following this initial kickoff, event organizers continued to discuss ways that they could strengthen their communities. The strategy sessions that ensued over the following months led to the launch of a makerspace in midtown Harrisburg and several new S.T.E.A.M. activities, partnerships and programs.

Today, MakerShift has become a part of The Greater Capital Region STEAM Ecosystem sponsored by the Foundation For Enhancing Communities (TFEC). As a part of a maturing collective network of individuals and organizations from Hershey to Enola to Dillsburg, PA, ecosystem members convene around common goals with shared measures, to plan mutually reinforcing activities and communicate regularly.

Interested in learning more about how to get involved in MakerShift?


We have a true passion for making.

Members of the Greater Capital Region STEAM Ecosystem have both maker experience and expertise from across the S.T.E.A.M. disciplines.  We believe in harnessing social power to make a collective impact in the places we live and work! 


Our Communications and Events Committee




  • Champion the mission and vision of MakerShift

  • Supervise all Executive and Planning Team functions and organizational operations

  • Convene, advise and apprise event stakeholders in the community

  • Provide financial oversight and decision making

  • Supervise and implement strategic planning

  • Ensure event sustainability

  • Liaison with event venue hosts and food providers

  • Recruit and approve the selection of Executive and Planning Committee members


Director of Marketing


  • Develop the design for web and print materials

  • Coordinate social media

  • Event photography and videography


Director of


  • Coordinate vendor, sponsor and donor outreach

  • Liaison with institutions of higher education

  • Outreach to K-12 schools

  • Contact for prospective Makers

  • Grant coordinator

  • Serve as press and media contact


Director of


  • Give oversight to arrangements for event day set up, signage and registration

  • Volunteer coordination

  • Facilitate event clean up and tear down

  • Serve as the primary contact for event day logistics and administration