Last November we were part of a small delegation of allied organizations and long-time collaborators—the Dutch Just Things Foundation & The Incredible Machine, as well as Mozilla's Open IoT Studio—that visited Shenzhen, China, where most of the world's electronics are made. Above, a short documentation of this trip. (For a longer travel log, see Peter's series of Shenzhen blog posts starting here.)
It was a fantastic experience to do a deep dive into the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem. We got to meet design houses, manufacturers, incubators, and researchers, and visited the famous electronics market. None of this would have been easy (or even possible?) without the great help of David Li, head of the Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL), who kindly hosted us and introduced us to this part of the world.
This April, we're going back to Shenzhen. It's going to be a whirlwind trip with tons going on. Details are still in flux (as a preparation for Shenzhen, you might want to get used to that!), but this time you can join in on the fun. Team Amsterdam teamed up with David once more to organize a full-service trip to Shenzhen (program), and SZOIL hosts a one-day ThingsCon conference that coincides with that trip. It's going to be a lot of fun.
The trip itself will offer the opportunity to meet and visit design houses, manufacturers and the electronics market; ThingsCon Shenzhen will explore a range of topics including ethical IoT, IoT opportunities for Africa, as well as how to best interface with the Shenzhen hardware ecosystem.
We can't wait!