Authors: Jason Shueh
August 15, 2014
Publication:
Government News in IT
It’s Christmas season 2011, and Marc Roth has spent his last dollar. He is homeless and suffers from a debilitating nerve disorder. Far from family, he is without options. What hope remains is put into a $49 purchase — an investment that for Roth signifies everything. It was opportunity discovered in a trash can: Two homeless shelter residents had chucked a flier advertising a $49 holiday special to TechShop — a one-month membership to the community studio’s world of CNC machining equipment, laser cutters and prototyping tools. It was hardware, he’d discover later, that also belonged to a new movement that puts advanced tech tools into the hands of product-providing citizens....
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