Making Connections; reflections and future exchanges
What an amazing experience to be part of the Hello Shenzhen residency program put together by The British Council. Having hosted 2 residents from Shenzhen for an intensive three weeks we now feel like we’ve been to China and have a far greater knowledge of the maker culture and internal ecosystems.
During this residency we built Making Connections a platform to allow all residents to have a voice, share knowledge and build a community of makers. We LIVE streamed a different maker each day talking about their area of expertise, from manufacturing to creating a service based business. We will keep building this platform to create a resource for future maker businesses in the first years of starting up.
Following the successful residency with Violet Su from Chaihuo Maker in Shenzhen we will continue to work together to support cross collaboration between the two cities in the coming months and years.
We look forward to working together to do the following:
Member exchange: Chaihuo and Makerversity will offer free membership to makers in each space, in exchange for a skill swap or workshop session. Chaihuo will act as a soft landing for any Makerversity member visiting shenzhen and help connect them to resources and tools. Equally Makerversity will offer Shenzhen makers a place to tap into local cultures of making in the UK.
Innovation incubator: Makerversity and Chaihuo will bring together designers and engineers working in similar fields to develop new innovative IoT products and services.
Resources and Tools: Together we are creating shared resources and tools to help our communities work together, such as a Shenzhen 101 guide (coming soon!) and an internal Slack Channel to meet makers and share knowledge.
Shenzhen is in an exciting age, with a huge manufacturing infrastructure in place, Makerspaces popping up across the city and designers trained from all over the globe locating to Shenzhen to create innovative products. It’s the dawn of a new era for China positioning itself as the new centre of innovation and ideas. We are proud to work with them and help showcase and promote talent between the cities.