Part 1

Hacked Matter: A Workshop on Shanzhai & Maker Culture

Shanghai and Shenzhen: April 6-8 2013
Organized by Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai)
& Silvia Lindtner (University of California, Irvine & Fudan University, Shanghai)
With support from the Shanghai Studies Symposium, NYU Shanghai, ISTC (Intel Science & Technology for Social Computing) at UC Irvine, the Rockbund Art Museum and Xinchejian

This workshop aims to critically explore and examine connections between the informal networks of shanzhai production and the open innovations of the DIY (do it yourself) maker community in China. It will take place in Shanghai and Shenzhen, hubs of China’s growing Hackerspace and Maker scene as well as critical sites in the global flows of ‘copycat’ or shanzhai technology. The workshop will begin in Shanghai with presentations and a panel discussion by leading researchers and practitioners in the field. It will be followed by a two-day hands-on engagement with the open hardware scene & shanzhai manufacturing markets in Shenzhen. In Shenzhen, we will visit the HAXLR8R event, a 15-weeks long workshop designed as a ‘startup accelerator program’ for ‘people who hack hardware and make things.’

Detailed Schedule:

Saturday April 6, 2013:  3pm – 6 pm (Shanghai):
All Tomorrows Parties (episode 6): Shanzhai & Maker Culture. Presentations and Panel Discussion at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai.

Sunday April 7/ Monday April 8, 2013 (Shenzhen):

A tour of Shenzhen guided by David Li (founder of Xinchejian: Shanghai’s hackerspace). The tour will include visits to Chaihuo hackerspace, the HuaQiangBei shanzhai market, SeeedStudio and HAXLR8R. It will also involve curated conversations with Eric Pan of SeeedStudio and the participants and planners of HAXLR8R. The workshop will end on Monday evening with a roundtable discussion (and some delicious Guangdong food).