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Local Motors Announces Partnership with TechShop

Local Motors, Inc., the world’s leading open-source hardware innovation company, today announced a new marketing partnership with TechShop. This new collaboration brings together two, like-minded communities of makers, and empowers the development of new products through a combination of online and physical innovation spaces.

Local Motors is excited to celebrate this partnership on the heels of its participation in the first-ever White House Maker Faire, and as part of an ongoing celebration of a Nation of Makers.

“Over the last 5 years, as we have brought several vehicle programs to market across the world, we have recognized an increasing number of vehicular innovations coming from TechShop and its members,” said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. “This partnership is meant to make it easy for innovators to take their products all the way to market.”

Through this partnership, TechShop members will get access to both the Local Motors and FirstBuild Explore platforms for purposes of sharing ideas, collaborating on projects and participating in both vehicle & appliance innovation challenges. Explore is a proven cocreation platform that links a global network of designers, engineers, hobbyists and makers to drive innovation at the pace of conversation; ultimately delivering products to market up to 10 times faster and at significantly less cost.

TechShop members who contribute ideas to projects that are commercialized, or who submit winning ideas to active Local Motors or FirstBuild challenges, will be compensated. Individual contributor and shared awards will range from $500 to $2,500.

Mark Hatch, CEO and Co-Founder at TechShop, said, "TechShop members are the kind of innovators that underpin the soul of the US economy and its productivity. Giving our members access to take their innovations to market is always a goal of ours. This partnership with Local Motors will give a new and exciting avenue for low-volume production, global omni-channel retail, and even service for these future products and their innovators."

The Local Motors-TechShop partnership will include cross-promotion and co-marketing initiatives including the development of custom kiosks that will be placed in all TechShop locations.

About Local Motors

From bytes-to-bits, the Local Motors platform empowers anyone to design, build, and sell the world’s coolest machines. The platform combines global co-creation and local micromanufacturing to bring hardware innovations to market at unprecedented speed. The Company stewards a global co-creation community made up of enthusiasts, hobbyist innovators and professionals that come together to solve complex mechanical problems. The Company operates a growing global network of microfactories, each operating as a nexus for next generation product development, where innovators create amazing products and consumers come to marvel and shop. We make the coolest machines together.

Makers can learn more and join the Local Motors community at localmotors.com, and connect with us at facebook.com/localmotors or by following us on Twitter @localmotors.

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