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The Rise of the Modern Makers: UK/China-British Council

2015.11.20

Makerspaces have exploded across the UK. Nearly every city has at least one and the trend is expected to continue: the Fablab network alone aims to have 30 UK facilities for over 30,000 users by 2020.

In China the maker movement exists alongside and within an indigenous open and collaborative ecosystem surrounding the creation, development and manufacture of electronic products, Shanzhai. Once a dominated by the cloning and re-creation of branded products Shanzhai now drives the ever-growing production of legitimate, innovative electronics, beyond the operations of major multi-nationals. 

The British Council, Nesta and AHRC have been exploring maker culture in China, through traditional research methods and through a practical “living” research project, which brought UK makers and academics into direct and intimate contact with making in Shenzhen and Shanghai. With a panel of UK and China based experts, both with practical making experience and a wealth of knowledge about the culture, this event will delve into a rapidly developing international landscape. Hear the from the participants and see the collaborative film, which emerged from the “living” research process, and have your say in discussion with some of  the finest minds in Chinese, British and international making.

Chair: David Li, Co-founder, Hacked Matter, Co-founder, Maker Collider, Director, Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab

Speakers: Asa Calow, Creative Technologist, Co-founder, MadLab, UK / Eric Pan, Founder and CEO of Seeed Studio, China / Liz Corbin, Researcher, Institute of Making, Co-founder, Open Workshop Network, UK / Luisa E. Mengoni, Head of V&A Gallery, Shekou, China / Tom Saunders, Senior Researcher, International Innovation, Nesta, UK