Stern Program for Undergraduate Research

Research ID: RS000110
Research Title: The Maker Movement
Description: What began as a small, technology-enabled do-it-yourself (DIY) culture has expanded into what is now called the 'maker movement' -- millions of people creating and selling a wide variety of products, with a dedicated market ecosystem that is catalyzing innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design and hardware technology. In 2013, over 120,000 people attended the Maker Faire, the premiere event of the community. Etsy now has over a million sellers.
Students working on this research project will conduct and document field research and online research to understand the maker movement, it's economic impact, how it is altering jobs and innovation, and its cultural influence, focusing primarily on Brooklyn, one of the world's biggest maker hubs (and the home of Etsy).
Relevant Areas of Study: Economics
Global Business
Information Systems
Social Impact
Pre-requisites: An interest in the topic. Good writing skills.
Start Semester: Spring 2014
Credits Per Semester: 1.0
Faculty Member: Arun Sundararajan (
Department Affilation: IOMS
Contact: Arun Sundararajan (
Expired On: 05-17-2014