How did Shenzhen get so
good at making things?
Tom Whitwell

tom.whitwell@gmail.com
@tomwhitwell
Digital Mission China 2014
Why Shenzhen?
1978
1982
1982
Shanzhai
Gongban
Free / open PCB
design files
Gongmo
Open casing
designs
Shanzhai vs
• Steal or borrow before you invent (CC
licenses / Open Source)
• Never build before you have a confirmed
buyer...
$27 $0.79
Learning Shenzhen
Digital Mission China 2
!
Shenzhen Maker Faire 

April 2015
!
tom.whitwell@gmail.com
@tomwhitwell
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things
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Talk from London Internet of Things meetup and Music/Tech London in June 2014. Sorry it doesn't make much sense without the words...

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Hardware Startups, Makers, Shanzhai and how Shenzhen got so good at making things

  1. 1. How did Shenzhen get so good at making things? Tom Whitwell
 tom.whitwell@gmail.com @tomwhitwell
  2. 2. Digital Mission China 2014
  3. 3. Why Shenzhen?
  4. 4. 1978
  5. 5. 1982
  6. 6. 1982
  7. 7. Shanzhai
  8. 8. Gongban Free / open PCB design files Gongmo Open casing designs
  9. 9. Shanzhai vs • Steal or borrow before you invent (CC licenses / Open Source) • Never build before you have a confirmed buyer (Crowdfunding) • Protect your Guangxi - personal reputation • Innovate to meet customer demand • Optimise for speed and small runs, become profitable at smallest possible scale Lean / Open Source Hardware
  10. 10. $27 $0.79
  11. 11. Learning Shenzhen
  12. 12. Digital Mission China 2 ! Shenzhen Maker Faire 
 April 2015 ! tom.whitwell@gmail.com @tomwhitwell

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