Saturday, September 24, 2011

TechShop Grand Opening Today!

Come out to 300 S. 2nd Street between 10am-6pm to check out the new TechShop Downtown! I have no "handiwork" skills whatsoever but was still fascinated by the tour I got a couple of weeks ago. They have a lot of really cool machines in there like laser cutters, pipe benders, and whatever else you might need to build a physical product. This place should fit in nicely into SoFA and provide an invaluable resource for the Arts organizations there!

TSSJ Grand Opening Poster

TechShop San Jose Grand Opening Festival: Saturday September 24 from 10 AM – 6 PM
Get ready to party in DIY style! TechShop, the first member-based do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, invites you to the grand opening celebration of our new location in San Jose. Come take a tour of our cutting edge facility: Learn how a laser cutter works and watch another machine cut through inches of steel with a stream of water. Take a look at what our members have been up to—from creating popular marketable products, to arts and crafts, to the development of a real working JetPack. Special offers on memberships and classes will be available for a limited time. Moveable Feast San Jose will be rolling through with a variety of their famous gourmet food trucks, so bring your appetite! The opening ribbon—made of cold-rolled steel—will be plasma cut at noon by Carl Bass, President & CEO of Autodesk followed by a keynote address. At 3 PM we present a live performance of explosive proportions by YouTube sensation EepyBird, creators of The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments. The celebration is free and fun for the whole family. Come and see what TechShop has to offer you, and prepare to be inspired!
Schedule of Events
All Day - Free Tours, Equipment Demonstrations, Membership Specials.
10 AM - Celebration begins!
11 AM - Food Trucks arrive from San Jose's Moveable Feast!
12 PM - Ribbon cutting ceremony with Carl Bass, President & CEO, Autodesk Inc.
Carl Bass - President and CEO, Autodesk Inc.
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk is the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Formerly he was Autodesk’s chief operating officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and product development. Earlier roles included CTO and EVP of product development. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, the developers of HOOPS, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Bass serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk, E2open, the Art Center College of Design, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.  He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science and UC Berkeley School of Information. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornell University.
1 PM - Keynote speech by Carl Bass
1:30 PM - DIY Party in Full Swing!
3 PM - LIVE performance by EepyBird: The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments!
6 PM: Celebration concludes.

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