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Connie J. Zheng
North of Nine Communications for TechShop
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TechShop Takes the Stage at SXSW Interactive
TechShop to discuss the maker movement in four SXSW sessions
AUSTIN, Texas , March 5, 2015 --

TechShop, Inc., a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, will be speaking in four maker-related sessions on March 13-14 at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX. Other panelists joining TechShop to discuss the power of community and collaboration in the Shared Economy include entrepreneurs and advocates in the maker community from the White House, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Instruments, and TechShop-born businesses Embrace Innovations and SolePower.

The sessions will explore the maker movement from multiple fronts, from why the maker movement is grabbing the attention of top government officials, to how major global brands are helping create the next generation of makers, along with the rise of maker businesses and social good-driven endeavors.

Check out the details for each session below, or follow @TechShop on twitter for updates during SXSW.

TechShop-related panels at SXSW (all times in Central Time)

Saturday, March 14:

·         Calling for a Nation of Makers (11:00AM–noon, JW Marriott)
While the Maker Movement may have begun with hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts, in 2014 it became mainstream after President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and declared June 18 the National Day of Making. Governments, cities, businesses and citizens responded to the call to action to render America a “Nation of Makers.” Mark Hatch (TechShop CEO) and Thomas Kalil (White House Office of Science & Technology Policy) will speak to how the country is supporting the movement; how maker tools are becoming more accessible to consumers; and the effects of this widespread entrepreneurial spirit on the future.

·         Maker Trailblazers: Making for Social Good (12:30PM–1:30PM, Long Center)
Makerspaces, longtime hubs for hobbyists and inventors of disruptive innovations, have also become the birthplace of a variety of social good businesses and endeavors. In fact, a significant number of projects coming out of TechShop are related to social good. In this panel, Carrie Motamedi (TechShop), Hahna Alexander (SolePower), Rahul Panicker (Embrace Innovations), and Patrick Littlefield (Department of Veterans Affairs) discuss how the Maker Movement enables and encourages social good.

·         Makers Change the World and Tools Change the Maker (3:30PM–4:30PM, Long Center)
Major tech companies and global brands have taken notice of the power of the Maker and are connecting these powerful creators with the tools and technologies that help spur their creativity, drive innovation and ultimately enable them to bring their latest design to market. Jim Newton (TechShop chairman and founder), Paul Teich (Moor Insights & Strategy), Ray Almgren (National Instruments), and Stephan Turnipseed (LEGO) will discuss what this means for the Maker Movement, the future of innovation, and how we create the next generation of makers.

Sunday, March 15

·         The Rise of Maker Millionaires (9:30AM–10:30AM, Hilton Austin Downtown)
Software startups are not the only multimillion dollar businesses and producing world-changing innovations. Maker business is the next big business. TechShop has seen this phenomenon firsthand with companies that built prototypes at TechShop and have become huge, profitable successes. Robert Thomas (TechShop co-founder) will discuss the business of making and the new innovation rules for entrepreneurs.

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio that provides access to a vibrant community of creative makers and millions of dollars' worth of facilities, equipment, tools and software in each location. Based in San Jose, Calif., with locations globally, TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and training for people of all ages and skill levels to build whatever they can dream.For information on memberships and course listings, visit, email or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at @TechShop and on Facebook as TechShop Incorporated.

TechShop currently offers a number of investment opportunities. For more information, or to RSVP for one of our upcoming live webinars, visit

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