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Connie Zheng
North of Nine Communications for TechShop
(415) 268-4821

TechShop Rallies the Pittsburgh Maker Movement with Six-Month Anniversary of DIY Workspace
TechShop facility fuels legacy of innovation and manufacturing in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, Pa. , September 3, 2013 -- TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, will be holding a Six-Month Anniversary event on Saturday, September 7, 2013, beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 AM at its new location in Pittsburgh’s Bakery Square. The opening is being held in conjunction with the THRIVAL Innovation + Music Festival also taking place in Bakery Square.

The Bakery Square facility, TechShop's sixth location, has been open to members since March 2013. City council member Bill Peduto, Walnut Capital’s Gregg Perelman and Todd Reidbord and Thrill Mill, Inc. cofounders Bobby Zappala and Luke Skurman will join TechShop chairman and founder Jim Newton to celebrate the early success of TechShop Pittsburgh with a metal ribbon cutting ceremony that has become a tradition for all new TechShop locations.

As part of the THRIVAL festival, Newton will give an “Innovation Thought Talk” at 2:30 PM at Google's Pittsburgh headquarters, across from TechShop.

“We are grateful to have TechShop in a city like Pittsburgh that is built on innovation, ingenuity and determination,” said Newton. “These are the very ideals that drive TechShop and the maker movement itself. Having our official ribbon cutting during the THRIVAL festival is the perfect way to highlight the community of innovative individuals who are creating the next big thing."

TechShop Anniversary Activities
Following the 11:00 AM ribbon cutting, the public is invited to tour the shop, view equipment demos, and participate in Make-it, Take-it workshops which will be running through 6:00 PM. Special membership offers will be available at the event. For more information, go to

The Inaugural THRIVAL Innovation + Music Festival, powered by Thrill Mill, Inc. and supported by Pittsburgh’s Global Shapers Hub, will bring together organizations and startups from a variety of industries to showcase their innovative ideas to the community, shareholders, and aspiring entrepreneurs and change makers. THRIVAL will also serve as the Demo Day for Thrill Mill's first class of companies in its startup incubator, the Hustle Den. The Demo Day will take place from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Google's Pittsburgh Headquarters, adjacent to TechShop. More information about the presenting companies can be found herehere.

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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