At the recent 8th annual Fujitsu Laboratories of America Technology Symposium (FLATS), the theme was the maker market, which began gaining attention some time ago, as reported here.
Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop, delivered the keynote speech.
Incidentally, I heard about TechShop from a delegate of the Computer Software Association of Japan (CSAJ) who visited TechShop in San Francisco last April.
He described TechShop as a maker’s paradise. For a small fee, you can be a member and take advantage of sophisticated tools and classes on how to use them.
The following is a short summary of Hatch’s presentation. By the way, his book, The Maker Market Manifesto, is a good read as well as informative.
TechShop’s mission is given here:
Some successful companies include:
- 15,000 to 20,000 sq. ft. of space
- Many sophisticated tools
- Classes on how to use them
- Membership beginning at $125 per month
TechShop now has the following locations:
- Chandler, AZ
- Detroit, MI
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Austin, TX
- San Francisco, CA
- Menlo Park, CA
- San Jose, CA
They are expanding to other cities and countries, as shown here. The BMW group led TechShop expansion to Germany, as reported here. I think Japan could be a good place to expand to, as Japan prides itself on being a country of makers.
Hatch concluded his speech by presenting successful companies that came out of TechShop. Those companies could not have made it without access to the classes and tools available at TechShop. The world is changing rapidly.
I am sure the power industry can utilize those classes and tools for innovative management and operations.