Friday, 25 April 2014

Maker Faire Shenzen 2014 - Part I



Hey man ! Just back from Shenzen, China two weeks ago ! It was a very cool and inspiring trip for me to Shenzen ! I was so glad to be able to visit Shenzen to participate in the Maker Faire Shenzen 2014 ! I went there with one of my friends, Ting Sheng.



I would like to thanks to Dream Catcher & Chumbaka for sponsoring my trip to Shenzen ! 


Facebook Page : Dream Catcher

Facebook page : Chumbaka

Here is the details of Shenzen Maker Faire 2014 :
Date : 6 - 7/4 / 2014 ( Sunday & Monday)
Time : 9am - 6pm
Venue : 深圳蛇口南海意库/Shenzhen

The schedule for the 2 days maker faire :

So, let's talk about what I did during the Maker Faire.

On the first day 6/4/2014 ( Sunday ), we went to the event place by using metro ! It took us 1 hour from the place where we lived ( Grand Theater) at Shenzen to the event's place ( Sea World) . For your information, our cost of living for 6 nights at Shenzen for only 390 Yuan total for each person! 

Metro Map for Shenzen

Once we reached there, we went to join a talk by keynotes speakers. 


Talk by Dale Dougherty - Founder of Maker Media


Talk by Tom Igoe - Co-Founder of Arduino 



Great to have a picture with Dale Dougherty - Founder of Maker Media

The talk was so inspiring for me ! Get to hear the experience from the founders of big companies ! 

Next, we participated in a Mixer Workshop organized by Seeed Studio Company and it's free of charge ( Pre-registered through We Chat/ Email ) 

Kids were excited to play around with the Mixer block

The Mixer blocks

This workshop is awesome ! They gave us different block of circuit that perform different functions ! For example, we can connect a button block as input and then we connect a motor fan at the output. Then when the button is pressed, the fan spins. This workshop attracted a lot of parents and kids to come over to have a look and I did give the opportunities for the kids to try on it and explain the simple concept to them !

After the workshop, then we walked around the booths at the maker faire.


OSV Vehicles 


Rapiro !


Ideas to prototypes to products !


Seeed Studio booth

Diifferent module by Seeed Studio

Piano drawn by 'Bare conductive ink

The flashing card set by bare conductive 



Some of the booths and situation at the maker faire

There were so many booths during the maker faire and we tried our best to visit every booths ! There are some booths from Intel, AVR, Seeed Studio, Dangerous Prototypes, 3D Printing, Hackerspace, etc. I will update the list soon !

The peoples that I met during the first day of Maker Faire Shenzen :


Mr. Tan ( Co-Founder)  from Cytron Technologies, Malaysia !

Kyosuke Ishikawa from Japan !
It was so great to have met them and talked to them !

That's our first day ! 

How about the second day ? 

Well, in the morning, we went to the Maker Education talk as I knew that Mr. Choo from Dream Catcher and Mr. William Hooi from Singapore will be talking on the stage ! The first speaker of the maker education was from Joey Hudy, a 16 years old teenagers that inspired me a lot from his work ! He is currently working with Intel ! So cool !

With Joey Hudy

Joey's talk

Mr Choo's talk

With William Hooi from SG Makers !

Next, we went to be the teaching assistant for the 3D Printing workshop where kids are required to draw something using YAYA 3D Printing Pen.



With the kid

3D Printed spectacle ! 

I would like to thanks Natalie from Creatica Lab, Hong Kong for giving us such opportunities to be the TA during the workshop.

With Natalie 

To end the 2 days of maker faire, the organizer had us a Maker Party !



Singing performance 

Some of the organizing committee 

Dancing !
Later on, I had my first ever try on Starbucks treated by Mr. William as our supper ! We had a great time talking to Mr. William too about the maker communities !

First try on Starbucks at China

Basically, this is the first part of my journey to Shenzen, China for the 2 days Maker Faire ! I will be updating about the second part of my journey to Shenzen, China soon ! Stay tuned !

Thank you !

More pictures at 
Official Website for Maker Faire Shenzen 2014 : http://www.shenzhenmakerfaire.com/




-VK