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Startup Weekend Bay Area “Maker” Event Will Provide Resources for Local Innovators to Build Physical Gadgets and Products

As innovation around 3D printing technology continues to be a focus for both entrepreneurs and enterprise alike, Startup Weekend Bay Area (powered by the Kauffman Foundation) has announced the first of its kind “Maker” event where local area enthusiasts will collaborate to build products and gadgets using sensors, 3D printers, laser cutters, and 3D modeling.

The 54-hour “crash course in entrepreneurship” weekend will be hosted by Autodesk and TechShop, and will take place at the TechShop space: 926 Howard Street, San Francisco, California 94103, from Friday, March 2, 2012 to Sunday, March 4, 2012. Sponsors for the weekend event include: Inventables, Jameco, SparkFun and Maker Shed who all provided components, kits or other materials for the maker teams to work with.

“Over the past several years technology innovation has been focused on software, cloud, and mobile, which are non-tangible products and services,” said Ahmed Siddiqui, Startup Weekend Bay Area organizer. “With the popularity of Kickstarter, and the funding available to physical technology-related products, entrepreneurs now have the tools, resources and incentive to pursue these types of projects.”

"We are thrilled to be hosting the first Startup Weekend focused specifically on making physical objects," remarked Jim Newton, Founder of TechShop. "We feel there’s no more appropriate place than TechShop for this event to be taking place. Our mission is to engage, encourage and empower people by providing the tools of the next Industrial Revolution for anyone to build their dreams."

Added Samir Hanna, Vice President, Consumer Products, Autodesk: “The Maker revolution is in motion and Autodesk is thrilled to be partnering with TechShop and Startup Weekend to strengthen the movement through the first event geared towards making physical objects. Our mission is to unlock the creativity in everyone and bring 3D to the masses, and Startup Weekend provides the perfect opportunity for us to reach the community with this vision.”

Startup Weekend Bay Area “Maker” will be followed by events in Social Media, Gaming, Mobile, and Robotics. For media related inquiries, contact Kristen Tischhauser: Kristen[at]talkTECHcomm.com

About Startup Weekend Bay Area

Startup Weekend Bay Area, “SWBAY”, (http://bayarea.startupweekend.org/) is an intense 54-hour event, which focuses on building a web or mobile application that could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together developers, designers and entrepreneurs to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. With access to Silicon Valley’s best and brightest innovators, SWBAY offers a unique opportunity to connect and learn from leaders in the tech industry and provides an experiential education process for event participants.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries – including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects – use Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.

Autodesk AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and service offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

About TechShop, Inc.

Founded in 2006, TechShop, Inc. (www.TechShop.com) is the first membership based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio, providing its members access to a vibrant community of highly creative people and more than $1M worth of high-quality machines, tools, and software. Based in Menlo Park, CA, with locations in San Francisco, San Jose, Raleigh, NC, and Detroit, TechShop offers hands on training for people of all skill levels to get them started using TechShop's tools and equipment.

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