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Ford and TechShop, the world’s first and largest membership-based do-it-yourself (DIY) workshops, announce a collaborative effort to open a communal work center in the Detroit area for individual inventors.
Ford is the first automaker to matchup with TechShop, marking the latest move in a series of open-innovation initiatives led by Ford to empower the crowds to help create the next must-have automotive technologies and features.
The Ford and TechShop collaboration is just another example of Ford’s adoption of an open innovation model to reach out to likely and unlikely groups and people as partners.
Ford and TechShop first met up in May at the largest DIY event of its kind, 2010 Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif., where Ford was invited to show off its “American Journey 2.0” open- innovation vehicle app project with University of Michigan students. That gathering ignited the idea for the matchup that has taken form in less than three months.