Shenzhen Maker Week kicks off 第四届深圳国际创客周正式拉开帷幕 上千个全球创意项目集中展示

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The seven-day National Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week 2018 Shenzhen Venue and Fourth Shenzhen Maker Week kicked off at the Sea World Culture and Arts Center in Shekou in Nanshan District yesterday.

As an international platform showcasing entrepreneurship and innovation with Shenzhen characteristics, the 2018 Shenzhen Maker Week aims to feature cutting-edge technologies, connect maker projects and stimulate enthusiasm for innovation through diverse modes, such as interactive performances, a maker competition, themed forums, workshops, and Maker Faire.

There will be a total of 20 major events held across the city during Maker Week, providing innovative activities to makers from home and abroad. The main venue is the Sea World Culture and Arts Center, where the Maker Faire is being held.

Themed “Co-making in the City,” the Maker Faire showcases more than 1,000 creative projects from around the world and the latest innovations in open source hardware, robotics, 3-D printing, and other fields.

Zachary Hany (L), a maker from the United States who called himself Han Zirui in Chinese, introduces his creation — a laser-cut mandala with LED lighting — to visitors during the 2018 Shenzhen Maker Week yesterday. He has attended the event for four consecutive years. Photos by Sun Yuchen

Zachary Hany, a maker from the United States, has attended the Maker Faire for four consecutive years. “As a maker, if you have any ideas or want to create new things, you should come to Shenzhen. Because in Shenzhen, you can do it right away and can find factories to make it happen,” said Hany.

Zachary Hany (L2) introduces his creation to Vice Mayor Wang Lixin (R2).

Additionally, the Maker Faire features 12 artistic maker installations and more than 20 workshops in education, fashion, technology, music, virtual reality and beyond.

Massimo Banzi, co-founder of maker platform Arduino, Eric Pan, founder of Chaihuo Maker Space, and Shenzhen Vice Mayor Wang Lixin gave speeches at the opening ceremony.

“A lot of innovations are happening here in Shenzhen,” said Banzi. According to him, Shenzhen is often called the “Silicon Valley of Hardware” because of its manufacturing advantages. It is also the birthplace of some of China’s most famous technology firms.

A participant demonstrates his creation.

“I think the global maker community needs to be more in touch, and Maker Week sends a strong message that inspires companies and makers to connect and have a more positive impact on the world,” said Banzi.

“As a senior maker and entrepreneur, I have witnessed that the city has placed much importance on recruiting talents and optimizing the business environment,” said Pan. At present, Chaihuo Maker Space has more than 6,000 members from over 20 countries and regions.

Two participants demonstrate their products designed for the disabled.

According to Wang, in addition to improving the construction of scientific research institutions and science and technology infrastructure, Shenzhen has also provided subsidies and funds to help cultivate innovative companies. In 2017, the Shenzhen government granted over 4 billion yuan (US$578 million) in subsidies to innovative enterprises, Wang said.

Shenzhen Maker Week was first launched as an annual event in 2015 and is an important part of the National Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week.

Maker fair, as the main part of Maker Faire, is an important activity connecting makers with the public and also a platform for maker teams to showcase their creativity, which enables the public to experience the cutting-edge maker products. This year, exhibitors from 30 countries will introduce thousands of creative projects, showcasing the latest maker information in an all-around manner. As for maker workshop, it will center around such areas as education, fashion technology, music and virtual reality (VR), allowing the participants to unleash their creativity, enjoy the fun of making and experience the maker spirit of turning thought into reality.

According to the information, with 30 countries participated, 150 creative booths will be presented and 20 maker workshops will be held, covering areas including innovative education, emerging technology, fun-filled technology, and technological tool. These will not only demonstrate to the public the achievement of entrepreneurship and innovation but also bring more vitality to the whole event thus further promoting the image of the national innovative city of Shenzhen.

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