ThingsCon is organising a research trip to Shenzhen! Join us and get to know the maker scene and the hardware ecosystem that makes Shenzhen the Silicon Valley of hardware. During our 5 day excursion, we’ll visit maker spaces, hardware markets, manufacturers, Foxconn, etc.
Any maker, product designer or hardware developer around the world knows Shenzhen. It is known for being the area where all things like smartphones are manufactured and assembled, but it is equally known for the widespread copycat practices and production of cheap knockoffs; better known as Shanzhai. There is however much more to Shenzhen then this dichotomy. Due to a vibrant maker scene and the informal open innovation culture, combined with readily available resources, capital and manufacturing capacity, the Shenzhen ecosystem is churning out innovations at an astonishing speed. (See the WIRED documentary Shenzhen the The Silicon Valley of Hardware.)
The ThingsCon-team collaborated with the Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab to compose a program that introduces designers, engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs to the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem. We’ll visit startup accelerators, the famous Shenzhen electronics malls, maker spaces, manufacturers, attend ThingsCon Shenzhen, etc, etc. A lot of punch packed in a program running from April 24th – 29th, you can find the full program below.
ThingsCon Shenzhen coincides with our stay, so of course we will attend the one day conference as well. Topics announced so far for ThingsCon Shenzhen are Ethical IoT & Open innovation and Manufacturing & designers collaboration. Both topics are very relevant to the ThingsCon mission and business opportunities for the participants of this trip.
We have a diverse group of people involved with IoT, contemplating moving into making hardware, doing research or having a role in innovation in the company. Find our delegation members below. All are curious to the special character of the maker scene in Shenzhen thrives thanks to an abundance of resources, collaboration opportunities, access to capital and open innovation culture. We will be sharing our experiences on a regular basis via this webpage.
Ash Cloud Factory – Ash Cloud Co., Ltd. Shenzhen is an experienced manufacturer and 3PL service provider for mobile accessories, with major clients in Europe and America.
Design Forum: European dream makers in industrial design – Shenzhen Design Week event feauring: Thomas Keen, Samuel Wikinson, Tobia Repossi, Tristam Keech, Tommaso Masera, Julien Gueuning
Molding Factory – Cooperating manufacturers of Rone Design
SIDA – Shenzhen Industrial Design Profession – http://www.szida.org/
SFDP – Sino-Finnish Design Park – http://www.sfdpk.com/
Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab – Fablab Shenzhen – http://www.szoil.org
Seed XFactory – https://www.seeedstudio.com/
Troublemakers – HQB International Maker Center – http://www.hqdna.com/
HuaQiangBei – SEG Electronic Market
Visit the Thingscon Shenzhen Event (9.30 – 12.30 hrs).
10.00 opening by David Li & Peter Bihr
10.10 Ethical IoT, open innovation, manufacturing & designers collaboration with David Li (SZOIL), Jacky Yi (Rone), Malayika Jayaram (Digital Asia Hub)
11.10 Dietrich Ayala (Mozilla)
11.30 Panel discussion: Marcel Schouwenaar, Holly Robbins, Iskander Smit, Peter Bihr, Malayika Jayaram
Tencent – https://www.tencent.com/en-us/index.html
3NOD – Smart-Life Innovation Showroom – http://www.3nod.com.cn/
HWTrek – https://www.hwtrek.com/ – Meetup with IoT hardware makers. Delegation will share the practice in Europe and concrete projects will be presented.
Here's a little impression of our trip to Shenzhen in November 2016.