The DYI is part of the Chinese culture, but it was more linked to workers that could personalize your electrical bike or scooter in the streets. Now the DIY’s marketing package, “The Maker” is gaining recognition in China.
Those who will jump in the bandwagon could thank early pioneers like hackerspaces like the Shanghai-based XinCheJian, the Beijing-Based Beijing Makerspace Chuang Ke Kongjian www.bjmakerspace.com or the hardware related startups accelerator HAXLR8R in Shenzhen. We wont forge the more recent initiative, Transi.st, focused on energy startups.
Now, thanks to events like Lift China who invited the founder of Paris-based La Paillasse, even the bio hacker spaces will flourish in China. Last but not least, the initiative launched by the Stuttgart-based Steinbeis University at the China Hi-Tech Fair 2014. The European Applied Science high school will build up the Shenzhen International Maker Center.
The CHTF 2014, co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce as well as the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, was not dedicated to the Makers but has decidedly send some love messages to this community, with events like the Maker Night that attracted over 600 Makers.