WASHINGTON -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- White House Maker Faire--TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide, is participating in the first-ever White House Maker Faire on Wednesday, June 18, which has been designated a National Day of Making.
The debut event celebrates American makers, students and entrepreneurs of all ages who are inventing the future.
“TechShop is excited to join forces with the White House in celebration of makers to showcase some of the amazing results of our platform used for STEAM, education and innovation,” said Mark Hatch, CEO and co-founder of TechShop. “TechShop already serves more than 6,000 members nationwide. We aim to democratize access to tools and empower makers from all walks of life. From startups and students to grandmothers and veterans, we want to inspire everyone to invent, create jobs and launch successful and world-changing businesses.”
Hatch and TechShop founder Jim Newton will attend the White House Maker Faire, which will feature several TechShop-member projects, including the following:
“The Maker Movement is inspiring more young people to excel in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “It’s also empowering more Americans to design and build innovative products, launch a startup, and create new jobs. I applaud TechShop for participating in the National Day of Making.”
Expanding across America
With eight locations and growing, TechShop is in discussions with over a dozen other cities who want to bring TechShop's open access model to their communities.
TechShop is working with St. Louis and Los Angeles to partner with universities, academic institutions, companies, corporations, local government and individuals to bring TechShop St. Louis and TechShop Los Angeles to those cities next year. TechShop is also entering into separate agreements to begin developing concepts for a TechShop Louisville in the Kentuckiana region.
More Maker Celebrations
In celebration of National Day of Making, all TechShop locations across the U.S. will host open houses for makers and aspiring makers in those cities. Come into any location from 9AM-midnight and discover how you can learn how to use new tools to create and make something. Special promotions will also be available for visitors. Tag your visit/check-in with #NationofMakers.
On Tuesday, leading up to the White House Maker Faire, President Obama toured TechShop Pittsburgh, where he met with the local maker community and delivered remarks on the economy. That same day, TechShop DC-Arlington held its official ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 17, and hosted Maker Summit, bringing together leaders to discuss global maker expansion efforts.
The weeklong festivities will culminate in a grand opening celebration of the TechShop DC-Arlington location, which will be open to visitors on Saturday, June 21, from 11AM – 4PM ET.
About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.
For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at “@TechShop.” TechShop is also on Facebook as “TechShop Incorporated.”