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Carrie Motamedi
carrie@techshop.ws
(415) 244-2204

Jim Newton Selected to Participate in Groundbreaking British Airways Innovation Lab in the Sky
Leading Silicon Valley innovators to tackle global innovation challenges
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , June 12, 2013 -- TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, today announced that founder Jim Newton has been selected by British Airways and its partners to participate in UnGrounded, the company’s inaugural Innovation Lab in the Sky. The group will work on global challenges at 30,000 feet, aboard a private British Airways flight from San Francisco to London on June 12, 2013. Newton will join more than 100 industry leaders and change agents, to collaboratively address the global STEM skills gap with the goal of accelerating global innovation.

Participants were nominated by global technology leaders in both Silicon Valley and London, with primary input from the UnGrounded advisory board. The advisory board is made up of senior representation from RocketSpace, Silicon Valley Bank, Andreessen Horowitz, Stanford University and Innovation Endeavors. All participants have been hand-selected to participate based on their experience and passion for driving the acceleration of innovation within developed and emerging communities across the world. 

“TechShop is an innovation lab on the ground, so we're very excited to see what happens when the idea literally takes flight,” said Jim Newton, founder of TechShop.

Upon landing, the ideas and solutions created on the flight will be received by the United Nations ITU Secretary General at the DNA Summit, in association with the G8 Innovation Conference, in London.

“As we’re approaching the launch of UnGrounded on June 12, we’re excited to see the top visionaries and leaders from Silicon Valley bring their distinct perspectives and skills together to tackle the critical global challenge around the STEM skills gap,” said Simon Talling-Smith, EVP of the Americas for British Airways. “Face-to-face connection ignites the exchange of amazing ideas, and by bringing these bright minds together, British Airways and our partners, the United Nations and DNA Summit, look to spark and accelerate innovation to affect global change.”

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 info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

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