Now in its fourth year, the Maker Faire Shenzhen was bigger than ever. Aside from ever-larger booths and robot sculptures (see above), there was also a much larger corporate presence from sponsors, and, given Premier Li Keiqiang’s recent interest in “maker culture,” probably a great leap in government support. In short, Maker Faire Shenzhen has grown up.
As with Maker…
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Boing Boing recently published a great feature from Jared Zichek, an avid entrepreneur who manufactures and sells classic-comics action figures. In the feature, Jared talks about his prototyping, manufacturing and sales process – part of it happen in the US, part of it in Hong Kong and part of it in China.
Here’s a juicy excerpt:
Finding a factory. The safest route is going through…
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From Hacked Matter’s feature in the Atlantic:
Take, World Peace Industrial (WPI), a Taiwanese electronic sourcing company located in Shenzhen, as an example. The company’s application technology unit (ATU) spends millions annually to develop reference circuit boards, called gongban 公板 (“public board”). A gongban can be used by a variety of different companies, who either incorporate it in their products directly or build atop it as they please via modifications. ATU develops 130 gongbans annually in areas ranging from…
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Reposted from my personal blog.
Last Sunday, I was invited by the Institute for the Future as part of its Maker Cities program to speak about how makers are working to improve the future of Hong Kong. I was joined by other representatives from all over (New York, Kathmandu, Tel Aviv, Shanghai…)
I’ve included the slides to my presentation below.
Join us at the upcoming April 6th Maker Faire in Shenzhen!
For starters, Lyn will be speaking there alongside an international cast of researchers, hackers and entrepreneurs. And there are also a series of great workshops, including a course by a “mommy hacker” (pictured above) for kids interested in electronics.
More information at shenzhenmakerfaire.com.
P.S. Maker Faire Shenzhen is once again co-organized by…
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Here’s the link to the original Google spreadsheet. Please feel free edit!
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What’s interesting about the data above is that there are two programs that criss cross China, and a bunch that don’t:
- HAXL8R starts in Shenzhen and does their final demo day in San Francisco; it’s all about an immersion in China for them.
- Highway1 is mostly based…
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Finally we get some sense of history to hackerspaces outside of the West from Silvia Lintner and David Li in their latest co-authored article in Interactions, Created in China.
In September 2010, China’s first hackerspace opened its doors in Shanghai under the name XinCheJian (literal translation: new workshop, or new factory). Only a year after the founding of XinCheJian,…
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I came across this article recently on hackaday.com, talking up the possibility of new hackerspaces in China:
Government leadership in Shanghai wants to build 100 community hackerspaces funded by the Chinese government. Each space will be at least 100 square meters, open 200 days a year, and come equipped with wood and metal lathes, saws, drills, grinders, mills, and more…
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