Esty Impressed By Visit to Danbury Hackerspace

By Chris Bosak | July 7, 2016

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-5, visits the Danbury Hackerspace in summer 2016.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-5, visits the Danbury Hackerspace in summer 2016.

DANBURY — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty loves chocolate, but she recently received a chocolate bar she won’t be eating.

“It’s too pretty to eat,” the Democrat who represents the state’s 5th District said. “I have to show it off.”

Esty paid a visit to the Danbury Hackerspace recently and one of the many entrepreneurial innovators she met specialized in laser-designing chocolate bars. The inscription on the bar read: “Dear Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, thank you for supporting innovation in the great state of Connecticut.” The Great Seal of Connecticut adorns the middle of the bar and bottom reads: “Sincerely Jennifer & Michael Sauvageau.”

Founded in 2012, The Danbury Makerspace is a nonprofit organization that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and features 3D printers and prototyping tools in a studio, common work area and coworking space. It operates out of the Danbury Innovation Center at 158 Main St., which is attached to the Danbury Library.

“We’re very excited to be working with Representative Esty to find new ways to help entrepreneurs in the greater Danbury area,” Danbury Hackerspace co-founder Mike Kaltschnee said. “With her help we can expand our efforts and help even more people realize their dreams. Working together we can help make Danbury the technology hub of Western Connecticut.”

Esty was also impressed by ideas regarding vertical farming, a fashionable way to keep ear buds in while working out and other innovations.

“I was struck by the diversity of the projects and of the ages, genders and ethnicities of the people there,” she said. “It brings everyone together so they can share and support each other. This will make Danbury an innovation leader.”

Esty said the local business community is behind the idea, and she is leading an effort to get more businesses to support the concept.

“I was delighted to see a Small Business Administration representative there,” she said. “I saw a lot of folks there. The mayor (Danbury’s Mark Boughton) was there. The head of WestConn was there. It’s bringing together companies, academic institutions, mentors and innovative entrepreneurs.

“It’s a real gem and something people should know about,” Esty added. “What really struck me was the energy and enthusiasm that Mike has created here.”

Danbury Hackerspace holds a free open house from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday.

Originally posted at http://www.newstimes.com/business/article/Esty-impressed-by-visit-to-Danbury-Hackerspace-8345876.php by Chris Bosak in The News Times, “Esty Impressed By Visit to Danbury Hackerspace”. Published on July 7, 2016, Accessed on July 18, 2016.

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