‘China has formed a much larger and better down-top ecosystem, manifesting the ultimate goal of the Maker Movement – democratising innovation. We call it the New Shanzhai.’ – David Li
Thursday 18th February
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Come and join us for an evening with David Li – founder of China’s first hackerspace XinCheJian and Shanghai-based research hub Hacked Matter. We’ll be taking a deep dive into China’s vast and sprawling hacker-manufacturing ecosytem – Samsnug mobile phones, oil painting villages, and the hidden $10bn dollar “furniture village” network – plus the gongban, guanxi and shanzhai that make it all happen.
David founded China’s first makerspace in 2010. In 2011, he co-founded think tank Hacked Matter, one of Shanghai’s few international and interdisciplinary research hubs. Hacked Matter focuses on the production of new technologies, the networks of shanzhai manufacturing and the role of China’s maker culture. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation Internet of Things from the maker community. He is also the director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.
With Nesta, David Li is creating the first open dataset on Chinese makerspaces which will be released mid-2016.
Places are free but limited. To book your place (which includes a drink and food), please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-li-in-conversation-tickets-21403710073
This event is supported by the British Council’s Creative Economy team.
You can read more about MadLab’s 2015 visit to China on their website here. MadLab is currently writing a recommendation report with regards strengthening links between makers in the UK and China which, along with its overview on making in China, will be made publicly available later this year.