Maker Festival 2015 at Tian'an Cyber Park Last Weekend
Last weekend, Longgang District, Shenzhen hosted its first Maker Festival at Tian’an Cyber Park as one of its biggest flagship events in 2015 maker movement. It featured a range of exhibitors, workshops, demonstrations, forums, drone racing competitions which all gave a general color of “maker” culture.
ElecFreaks was attending the event, which claims to the town’s eyeball attraction, as a stallholder.
Unfortunately, it rained cats and dogs on the Saturday, and the crowd did not appear as expected. We showcased our pieces and bits, DIY kits, educational kits and met up with several educators as well as traders looking for customized solutions or fresh new technologies.
On the Sunday, it cleared up a little bit. Many more locally and internationally, began to flow around.
The participants, besides open hardware facility supplier like us, includes firms specialized in robotics, maker education, drones, virtual reality headsets….
The festival carries forward the maker ethos, totally free and open to all. Here firms but not limited to, ordinary people like you and me as individual can get a change to showcase, collaborate, form community and dream about our world with our inventions, ideas and network. I have noticed there was a young man hosting a stall, his tagline being “I am a CEO of my own company. I am a little bit lonely. “ So despite the noise, crowd, piles of leaflets and brochures all these common scene you could see from almost every faire in China, there is fun, family-friendly stuff, enthusiastic faces and DIY like-minded people.
Maker Education Stall
The maker culture seems to blow all the way from the Pacific Ocean and the Europe continent to reach China several years ago, starting from the first maker faire, and the establishment of Xinchejian, Beijing Makerspace, Chaihuo Makerspace, the very pioneering domestic maker spaces. When the west questioned about what kind of sparks will Shenzhen as a place of the “world factory” and DIY spirit – the embodiment behind maker culture combine with each other, or what kind of definition will this location give to maker, the making seed does grow well, at least it seems to do so.
Shenzhen itself is one of the swiftly developing cities in the world, which impresses with its large migrant workers, manufacturing strengths, skilled labor, raw materials, commercial products and now distribution center. Starting from last year, it has seen a bunch of hardware start-up accelerators and crazy investment institutions. It welcomes stranger who will participate to spend time to learn about the manufacturing and supply chain networks in the city, at the same time, it embraces the new – “maker culture” to see what it is and how it manifests.