Makers, Open Source Hardware and Shanzhai

Makers movement powered by open source hardware and online sharing platforms have been coined the “New Industrial Revolution” by Chris Anderson. XinCheJian is the first hackerspace in China established in 2010.

The talk will cover Maker movement in China and the researches done by hacked matter group to show how this present new opportunities for the Asian open source startups.

Speaker: David Li (China)

Mr David Li has been contributing to open source since 1990. He is member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. Over the past 20 years, David has started several open source software projects and contributed to many others. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. He also developed Ardublock, the most popular visual programming environment for Arduino. In the past two years, he has become interested in urban farming and is an enthusiastic proponent of aquaponics, which brings the spirit of open source to farming and gardening.

Community: XinCheJian Hackerspace in Shanghai
Language: English (with English Slides)

(This is a a session of Hong Kong Open Source Conference 2014 on 29 March, HKOSC is an annual international conference in Hong Kong for global open source community, it is aimed to demonstrate the use of open source software technology, open hardware technology and latest development in the world. HKOSC is targeted for developers, users and promoters.)

Sammy Fung

The President at Open Source Hong Kong, the blogger at, an open source developer, a Mozilla Rep, the lead of GNOME Asia committee and the contributing member of Python Software Foundation.

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