Spark is part of CONNECT to support local business


Got an idea?!? Spark is helping to produce an event this Thursday called CONNECT meant to help people find just the right people for questions or challenges related to business development and operations.

In addition to networking over food and drink, there will be professional service providers present at tables for free 15 minutes consultations. 

Register here.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries!!


Got a sweetheart or maybe just a sweet tooth? Or both?!

Spark is making chocolate-covered strawberries for Valentine's Day. At $20 / dozen this is a great deal with all proceeds going to support Spark.

Pre-orders are LIVE NOW!! for pick up from the Spark Kitchen at 86 Golden St. on the days leading up to and including Valentines Day. Go to: to preorder your Chocolate Covered Strawberries. 

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Spark is on TV!

Check out this great clip from the CT Style show on WTNH:

Spark highlights of 2016

Spark has come a long way in 2016. There are now 4 people on staff with 25 volunteer Leads overseeing the various workstations that make up Spark as a community-run workshop and learning center enjoyed by over 100 Members from throughout southeastern CT.

Below are some of the highlights of 2016 following the seasons:

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Drop in Open Sew hours in Nov & Dec


Welding Leads visit the Steel Yard in Providence

On Wednesday October 19th the Spark Welding Leads went on a field trip to the Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island. They were hosted by Executive Director Howie Sneider whom Hannah met at the White House visit in August. Hannah was also present for the tour.

Here is a write-up of the experience from Ashby Carlisle, a member of the Welding group:


The Steel Yard is awe inspiring. The nearly 4 acre-large facility led Jesse Good, Diane Barcelo, and myself to conclude that our dream of occupying the the old lumber building called Alexander Miner at 150 Howard St in New London ought to stay on the radar screen.

This aside we experienced a successful alternative community-based model that shares many goals and community objectives with Spark.

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Thames River Hackathon 2016



The fourth stop in the 2016 Northeast Hackathon series will be on the banks of Connecticut's Thames River. The CURE Innovation Commons, in Groton, and Connecticut College and Spark Makerspace, both in New London, are teaming up to organize the area's first community hackathon. We're putting out the call for all techies, coders, visionaries, and nerds to come out and develop creative solutions to real-world problems in our communities. 

The theme of this hackathon is Transit and will feature kick-off presentions from local experts who will explain some of the transit-oriented issues in the New London & Groton area. Not interested in transit issues? You should still come! We're open to everyone's ideas!

For more information or to sign up, please visit our Eventbrite page

Participants and attendees of the Thames River Hackathon are expected and required to abide by our Code of Conduct to provide a harassment-free conference experience for everyone.

Crowd Funding Campaign for Innovation Places is live!

Spark is playing a strong role to help New London & Groton achieve Innovation Place status, a new designation in the state that helps places attract and retain talent.

As part of the fundraising effort to match the up to $50,000 that may come in from the state to support the phase one planning process Spark has launched this crowd funding campaign on, Indiegogo's platform for nonprofits in which all giving is tax-deductible.

Watch the video here:

Video Update: Innovation Places Update

Video Update: report out from the White House


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