Episode 6

All Tomorrow’s Parties: Hacked Matter: Shanzhai & Maker Culture


David Li , Tom Igoe, Amanda Williams, Wu Hao & Ricky Ye

Moderated by Anna Greenspan & Silvia Lindtner 



…the street finds its own uses for things”
William Gibson

This event probes the connections between the informal networks of shanzhai production and the open innovations of DIY (do it yourself) Maker culture in order to explore the fertile zones of creativity emerging between the dense commercial webs of cheap ‘copycat’ electronics, and the back-room tinkerers playing with the latest developments in open source hardware.

David Li is the founder of XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China. He will talk about the experience of running a hackerspace in the country that is factory to the world.

Tom Igoe is an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), as well as the co-founder of Arduino, an open source microcontroller environment built for non-technicians. He will present some of the work done at New York University’s ITP, and discuss how it has influenced his work developing the physical computing curriculum there, as well as his work with Arduino and the maker movement.

Amanda Williams is the co-founder of Fabule Fabrications. She will discuss her experience in the HAXLR8R hardware-based startup accelerator, currently in progress in Shenzhen, and the process of transitioning from a craft-based practice to a manufacturing business.

Ricky Ye is the Co-founder of DFRobot, and the founder of RoboticFan blog. He will discuss how open-source hardware has affected the robotics industry, as well as the opportunities brought about by shanzhai.

Wu Hao is the co-founder of Claremont Investment Consultant (WuXi), Co.,Ltd. His interest in hardware innovation stems from his work with Intel’s Consumer Electronic Group and C2TECH (a small ODM). He will present a case study of C2TECH’s customized smart device, and discuss how to deliver a quick prototype by leveraging the recent developments of shanzhai.