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INNOVATE

WITH SHENZHEN

Overview .................................................................................................................................................. 2

Shenzhen Open Innovation System .................................................................................................. 3

More about Shenzhen Open Innovation .......................................................................................... 4

Goal .................................................................................................................................................. 5

Course Overview ...................................................................................................................................... 6

Introdution to Shenzhen Open Innovation Ecosystem .................................................................... 6

Visit Huaqiangbei Electronic Market ................................................................................................ 7

Meet the Key Resources in Shenzhen .............................................................................................. 8

Design Thinking Workshops ............................................................................................................. 9

Fab Lab Workshop .......................................................................................................................... 11

Design with AI Workshops ............................................................................................................. 13

Schedule ................................................................................................................................................. 14

Collaboration Partners ........................................................................................................................... 16

Mentors / Instructors ............................................................................................................................. 18

About Host ............................................................................................................................................. 21

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OVERVIEW
Shenzhen is rapidly becoming the predominant epicenter of high-tech design and
manufacturing in the world and has been called ‘Cith of Maker’ and ‘ The Silicon Valley of
Hardware’. Shenzhen has a complete ecosystem that contains everything needed for all stages
of electronics production all in one place. This has turned the city into a staging ground for
large high-tech companies, rising startups, and independent innovators from all over the
world looking to scale their projects as fast and efficiently as possible. Tech giants like Huawei,
ZTE , and Tencent all got their starts here, and many more companies many more companies
and startups are getting their starts in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware (Full Documentary) | Future Cities | WIRED

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SHENZHEN OPEN INNOVATION SYSTEM


Shenzhen is producting 90% of the electronics for the whole world. Under this massive infrastructure,
Shenzhen creates a unique open and agile ecosystem that with many resources to be leveraged to
speed up creation and partnership to form to ensure rapid execution.

1. White Label: Ready Made Design objects that can be rebranded


2. Gongban: publically avaibale electronics hardware solution in the form of production ready
circuit boards
3. Gongmo: publically available cases/shell for the devices to enclose the circuit boards
4. Industrial Design Studio: there are 4000 industrial design studios and 130,000 working
industrial designers. Shenzhen industrial design studio also does supply chain management
for production.
5. Solution Houses: engineering firms that provide technical solutions for electronics including
hardware, firmware and software. Shenzhen has over 5,000 industrial design houses and
150,000 working engineers.
6. Assemblier: factories that assemble the final products including packaging.
7. Factories: produce all parts of the products including injection molding, CNCing and other
parts.
8. PCB: produce the printed circuit boards (PCB)
9. Rapid Prototype house (not shown in diagram): manually produce the model of the produced
products.

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MORE ABOUT SHENZHEN OPEN INNOVATION


T HE NEW SHANZHAI : DEMOCRATIZING INNOVATION IN C HINA


Compared to the evolution of the Maker Movement in Western countries, China has already
formed a much larger bottom-up ecosystem, manifesting the ultimate goal of the Maker
Movement - democratizing innovation. We call it the New Shanzhai, after the Chinese word for
copycat. The question is, what will happen when these two worlds meet together? [Click for more]

S HANZHAI : O PEN INNOVATION AS AN INVITATION TO START NEW BRANDS


Western mainstream media has largely caught on to the developments. The Economist, for
example, has published several articles on how shanzhai will be relevant to innovation—in China
for sure, but on a scale that has potential to change how new hardware is created for the world.

As smart hardware gets hot and wider media attention brings more venture capital to chase deals,
Shenzhen could become the next Silicon Valley, with shanzhai innovation fuelling a new ecosystem
where the founding and growing of new tech brands transitions from a Robin Hood mentality to
one more befitting a King. [Click for more]

S HANZHAI : C HINA ’ S C OLLABORATIVE E LECTRONICS -D ESIGN E COSYSTEM


A different story emerges in the burgeoning wearable electronics market of Southern China, one
that is based on a rapid, flexible and open ecosystem called shanzhai

These gongban are designed to fit into a variety of gongmo that are ready to be branded
on order. The flexibility to mix and match gongban and gongmo enable companies to
quickly put together their own smart watches with customized functions and styles for various
niche markets. [Click for more]

S HENZHEN : T HE S ILICON V ALLEY OF H ARDWARE | F UTURE C ITIES | WIRED


We examine the unique manufacturing ecosystem that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s
leading hardware-prototyping culture whilst challenging misconceptions from the west. The film
looks at how the evolution of “Shanzhai”-or copycat manufacturing-has transformed traditional
models of business, distribution and innovation, and asks what the rest of the world can learn from
this so-called ‘Silicon Valley of hardware’. [Click for more]

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GOAL
The two weeks program aims to introduce students how to work with the Shenzhen open
innovation ecosystem. It starts with an overview about the resources in Shenzhen to help
entrepreneurs to take their ideas and prototypes to the production through lectures, site visits
and workshops with industrial professionals. Moreover, it also provides students already with
ideas or prototypes to practically explore how to turn them into products with latest
technologies and the infrastructure of Shenzhen.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

INTRODUTION TO SHENZHEN OPEN INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM


Lecture by David Li, Executive Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab

David Li has been contributing to open source since 1990. He is


member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache
projects and board director of ObjectWeb. Over the past 20 years,
David has started several open source software projects and
contributed to many others. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian,
the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture
and open source hardware. He also developed Ardublock, the
most popular visual programming environment for Arduino.

In 2015, he has become the director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab, which is established
by Maker Collider and SIDA as a space and platform for worldwide makers to communicate
and cooperate. As a bridge for international maker teams and startups, the lab will be in close
contact with Shenzhen production networks so as to promote cooperation for researchers,
makers, startups and Shenzhen producers.

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VISIT HUAQIANGBEI ELECTRONIC MARKET


Huaqiangbei (Chinese: 华强北; pinyin: Huáqiángběi; literally: "Huaqiang North") is an
area and subdistrict of Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. The area's status
as a major electronics manufacturing hub, and sprawling electronics marketplaces have
earned it (and Shenzhen) occidental nicknames such as "China's Silicon Valley", and the
"Silicon Valley of Hardware".

The market is renowned for it's electronics markets, a massive collection of vendors who are
selling everything from imitation iPhones to circuit boards and soldering irons. The area is
reported as being the largest electronics market in China, and possibly one of the largest in
the world, which stands to reason as Shenzhen is a major producer of electronics goods, and
it's a city where many big brand tech gadgets are produced.

(LEGO2NANO HQB Electronic Market Tour)

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MEET THE KEY RESOURCES IN SHENZHEN


An intensive Shenzhen Innovation Tour to visit white label, industrial design, solution house, rapid
prototype, factory, assembler, e-commerce, logistics etc., so as to explore the innovative
manufacturing field, ecosystem and mission challenges in Shenzhen and have a better understanding
of the how things work in Shenzhen.

(ThingsCon Shenzhen│Shenzhen Innovation Tour Team Visit)

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DESIGN THINKING WORKSHOPS


Design thinking stands fundamentally to successful strategy development and organizational change.
Collaboration is at the heart of design thinking. Every project benefits from an in-person workshop.

Through the design thinking workshops, student drills on imagination, intuition, logic and systematic
reasoning to churn out chances of what could be and also deliver results that satisfy the end user by
encouraging a broader group engaging with the project in a deeply meaningful way.

(Design Thinking Workshop for Shenzhen University Students)

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(ODD Summer Camp 2016)

(China Hardware Innovation Camp(CHIC))

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FAB LAB WORKSHOP


A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication,
typically equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different
length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything". Students learn how to
envision, prototype and document their projects and ideas through hands-on experience with digital
fabrication tools, taking a variety of code formats and turning them into physical objects.

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(Workshops for Intel Open Innovation Lab)


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DESIGN WITH AI WORKSHOPS


Artificial Intelligence is changing the way we interact with products and services. Designing with AI
workshop aims to provide a chance for students to see how AI is being applied to real world problems,
to experiment with their own work and to get informed and inspired with AI.

(Genuino 101 Artificial Intelligence Workshop)

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SCHEDULE
Weekend
Schedule Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
(Optional)

Lectures by industrial professional from the


Fab Lab
fields of design, engineering, manufacturing
Crash Course
and site visit.

10:00-10:30 Introduction to Ice Breaking


Shenzhe Open
Innovation
ecosystem Pitching the
ideas and Visit
(Lecture by David Visit AshCloud
Visit Artop XFactory Laser Cutting
Li, Executive forming group Automated
Design Workshop
10:30-12:00 Director of SZOIL) of 3-4 Factory
(Seeed)
students each

on specific
projects

Visit Visit Rone


14:30-15:30
Design with AI World Design
Workshop Visit Maker
HuaqiangBei Group
2D design &
Design Thinking
Insight & Laser cut
Workshop Insight &
Experience prototype
15:30-17:30 Experienc
Brainstorm Insight & Sharing/
e
the project Experience Wrap Up
Sharing/
Sharing/ Wrap
Wrap Up
Up

Weekend
Schedule Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
(Optional)


Fab Lab Crash
Workshops on realizing the idea to prototype to product
Course

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Workshop Working with


3D Printing Final
10:00-12:00 with Industrial Rapid
Workshop Project Presentation
Designers Protoyping
Develop
ment Final Project
Project Project
14:30-17:00 Development Closing Party
Development Development
& Team
3D design & 3D Presentation
Insight &
printing for Insight & Insight &
Experienc Preparation
prototype Experience Experience
17:00-17:30 e Wrap Up
Sharing/ Wrap Sharing/ Wrap
Sharing/
Up Up
Wrap Up

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COLLABORATION PARTNERS
Rone PhoenixNest Design is an industrial design company
focusing on hardware and JDM supplier for startups. Founded
in 2003, Rone PhoenixNest Design has already helped over
1000+ projects from prototype to manufacturing. It has been
awarded lots of design rewards from home and abroad
including Red Dot, Red Star, G-Mark etc., [Website]

Innozen Design is a Shenzhen based design studio which helps western companies
from concept to manufacture. The company offers services including user research,
industrial design, mechanical design, packing & branding, 3D animation and supply
chain management. With talented designers and experienced engineers in-house,
Innozen works closely with global markers and entrepreneurs, and help them
launch successfully on crowed funding campaigns. [Website]

XIVO design is young but innovative design company born for product
since 2014 in Shenzhen and keeps simplicity as principle in product
design. [Website]

Founded in 1999, Artop is a service-type group which sets


industry design as core, provides customers the high-end
comprehensive design solution with integrated planning in product planning , creative design, research
development, manufacturing, purchasing & logistics, cost control, quality control, brand marketing etc.,
and innovates in service systems in products, interaction and environmental industry etc., creating a
new generation development project that serves social production and local ecology through
constructing valuable interactive service/ knowledge and network. [Website]

World Maker Group (WMG) is a Product Realisation


Platform based in Shenzhen, China. With 10+ years of
experience in the industry, WMG engineers helps
realise innovative products from concept to mass
production delivery, with the least iteration. Together
we have brought many Kickstarter succeeded products into production, as well as engineering solutions

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for professional manufacturer like Foxconn. WMG projects involved in the field of IoT, Smart Wareable,
Medical Instruments and Mobile Phone Accessories. [Website]

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MENTORS / INSTRUCTORS

David Li, Executive Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab

David Li has been contributing to open source since 1990. He is


member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache
projects and board director of ObjectWeb. Over the past 20 years,
David has started several open source software projects and
contributed to many others. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian,
the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture
and open source hardware. He also developed Ardublock, the
most popular visual programming environment for Arduino.

In 2015, he has become the director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab, which is established
by Maker Collider and SIDA as a space and platform for worldwide makers to communicate
and cooperate. As a bridge for international maker teams and startups, the lab will be in close
contact with Shenzhen production networks so as to promote cooperation for researchers,
makers, startups and Shenzhen producers.

Michael Zheng, Innozen Design, Co-Founder

Graduated in Brunel University in London with master degree in


design, my work career started with 3 years in London and followed
with 9 years in Shenzhen until now. Most of my career was on
industrial design based hardware development and working with
international teams between Chinese and Westerns. 5 years ago I
founded the company "Innozen Design" with partners and we have
been dedicated on helping western companies with not only industrial design solutions but also
minimize the cultural barriers and better integrations into the China's manufacture system.

Solo Zhang, XIVO Design, Founder

Product designer, founder of XIVO Design. Graduated from Shangdong


Institute of Arts and Crafts in 2010 and worked as senior designer and
project manager in AG and LKK. In 2013, interviewed by US TV media
ICN. In 2014, when the State Council Informtion Office invited British

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crew to shoot "Design in China", I was one of the Chinese designers whose product design had been
included in the documentary. The documentary was translated into 146 languages to promote design
in China to the world. In 2014, I founded XIVO Design with Wei Min and JIng Chaocheng. Through one
year and a half's development, the company has become the most professional smart hardware design
team. We won the 2013 Reddot Product Award, the only Gold Award in 2013 ROI Festival's Product
Competition, the 2015 Gold Dot Award and the 2016 Reddot Product Award.

Savio Lai, Artop Group (HK) Limited, CIO

Savio Lai currently working as CIO for Artop Group (HK) Limited.
Lived in UK more than 10 years and graduated at University of
Hertfordshire in 2007 with a product design BA Hon degree. After
graduation he joined Artop group and had been involved in different
projects such as mobile, digital, ebook, earphone, notepad and
home appliance etc. Also worked with clients from around the world such as GE, Midea, Onyx, TGI,
Myndar etc. In

Roger Li, COO of Shenzhen Rongyi Fengchao Design and


Development Co., Ltd.

He helps makers search matching resources and solve the


productization process from idea to product. He has assisted with
the productization process of more than 5 maker projects, including
Soundbrenner Pulse of German team, GogglePal AR of American
Silicon Valley team, smart home, intelligent toothbrush, and WIFI
dynamic heart rate arm belt projects, and obtained satisfactory crowd-funding results and
productization results. He is keen on maker undertaking, and keen on helping makers realize their own
dreams. He is also a senior maker.

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William Du, D+M Creative Haus By AG

CTO, Designer and Continuous Entrepreneur of D+M Creative


Haus By AG. Since 2007, he has dealt with the industrial design
services of multiple industries, including healthcare, security,
consumer digital, intelligent wearable, means of
transportation, etc. In 2010, he started to develop a series of
pertinent innovative products aiming at the concept, prospect,
and business model of small-sized electric vehicles. Wherein,
the Lichi A01 Micro-sized Electric Sedan Car that he participated in original design was shown in Geneva
Auto Show and achieved good sales and reputation in European market.

Yang Yang, Founder of UniMaker / CEO of World Maker Group

Graduating from British Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering


Department, he has been involved in the product modeling, function and
production. After establishing the Company, he has focused on 3D printing
technology and production, and through cooperation in the projects like
product design, jewelry custom-making, medical device, etc., he has had
more systematic understanding on small-batch production, and he knows well about the differences
between individualized custom-making and traditional mass production.

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ABOUT HOST

Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL), established


by Maker Collider and Shenzhen Industrial Design
Profession Association, is an open innovation
platform supported by Shenzhen Government to
promote and facilitate the collaboration between
global makers and IoTs entrepreneurs and the open
innovation ecosystem in Shenzhen to help scale the
projects from ideas and prototypes to real products. The lab dedicates in exploring the issues and
developing solutions to connect the massive production ecosystem to small hardware startups so as to
promote the international standing of Shenzhen in the development of digital intelligent hardware and
manufacturing and build a future intelligent hardware Silicon Valley by combining new open source
method and current manufacturing system in Shenzhen.

Web: www.szoil.org
Email: support@szoil.org
Tel: 86-755-2394-3682
Add: B4-531, Sino-Finnish Design Park, No.3 Shihua Road, Futian Bonded Area, Shenzhen
Post: 518048
Facebook: @Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab
Twitter: @szoil001
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