The spectacular story of Shenzhen is well known: a collection of rural villages became a new town in 1979 when the central Chinese government gave it the status of Special Economic Zone. Shenzhen turned into a metropolis and became a prototype for both economic and urban reform within China.
We will explore Shenzhen once again, examining why it has evolved so rapidly and how rapid urbanisation fostered a unique manufacturing eco-system. Local makers and technological entrepreneurs gained access to the world’s leading hardware prototyping culture whilst challenging western misconceptions. What can we learn from this environment, and what is next for Shenzhen?
We will watch segments of WIRED’s new documentary “Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of hardware” and together with experts explore the origins of this unique and vibrant city, and how it continues to be shaped. An update on speakers and participants will follow soon.