Silicon Valley of Hardware: SHENZHEN

It’s been a week since we have come back from Shenzhen, China a.k.a the “Silicon Valley of Hardware” It was a trip planned by SUTD and four of us from Team Mobearlize were fortunate enough to go. The exciting itinerary consisted of visits to manufacturing plants and hardware accelerators. We also managed to buy components at Hua Qiang Bei which is known for having a wide selection of electronics. (It is true!) A guide book for makers has even been published to help navigate the electronics markets in Shenzhen.
Here are some of the highlights from the trip:

Day 1

HIGGS HUB
For a young startup accelerator in Shenzhen, Higgs Hub has an amazing set of machinery for makers.
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AQS
A manufacturing plant who has many lines of production. It was interesting to see how the manufacturing process actually occurs in such Chinese factories.
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Day 2

HAX
An established hardware startup accelerator. In the heart of Hua Qiang Bei lives this community of makers from all over the world working on a diverse range of projects.
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CORAL GROUP
A visit to a government backed incubator. First time pitching in Chinese, it went well!
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HUA QIANG BEI
Electronics and more electronics!
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Day 3

WORLD MAKER GROUP
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FABLAB
A cool non-profit maker space in Shenzhen.
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Of course there were some good food and late nights involved as well. Overall the trip was a fantastic learning opportunity for us, especially with regards to the manufacturing insights for production in China. Special thanks again to SUTD for organizing this trip! Hope all you makers out there will have the opportunity to go to Shenzhen as well 🙂

Signing off,
Kimberlyn