Shenzhen is a vibrant and modern city of 8 million in southern China. Just across the border from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the region around it comprise one of the most active and important manufacturing centers in the world today.
One of the themes the 2016 ThingsCon conference explored, are the developments in hardware manufacturing in the Chinese Shenzhen area.
What makes Shenzhen such a special area for designers? To quote a recent Wired documentary: in Shenzhen a unique manufacturing ecosystem is emerging, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware-prototyping culture. The “Shanzhai” – or copycat manufacturing – has transformed traditional models of business, distribution and innovation. What can designers learn from this so-called “Silicon Valley of hardware”?
The availability of connected and digital components relieves barriers in the creative process. Everything is possible and this offers inspiration for makers and designers to create new concepts.
A visit to Shenzhen will give designers insight into the workings of this new hardware marketplace, will inspire them to rethink their design processes, and if so desired, will also connect them with local contacts who can assist them with new projects.
ThingsCon Amsterdam likes to offer creative makers in the Netherlands a possibility to get in contact with the opportunities of Shenzhen, the inspiration and connections. We embed this in the ThingsCon framework of responsible and human centric internet of things design.
More information: thingscon.nl/shenzhen