THE 3rd Shenzhen Maker Week and the 2017 Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week (Shenzhen Venue) will kick off in the city Friday. The weeklong event will be attended by maker teams from China and 15 countries, according to a press conference held Friday.
Liang Yongsheng, director of the city's science and technology innovation commission, said nearly 50 activities will be held across the city during the maker week under the theme of "Make with Shenzhen."
According to him, the main venue in Hall 7 and 8 of the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center in Futian District will have 317 exhibition booths showcasing the creations of makers.
An international maker exhibition area will also be set up in the main venue to showcase nearly 40 outstanding maker projects from overseas.
In a bid to fulfill the open and sharing spirit of makers, the maker week will provide family-friendly experiences for the public, with interactive activities, such as drone performances, robot combat and AR/VR experiences, available in the main venue. Competitions and workshops for students have also been arranged to encourage young people in Shenzhen to be innovative.
Additionally, the maker week will be an international event, with prominent makers and entrepreneurs from Belt and Road countries to attend the Belt and Road International Maker Summit to be held in Longgang District.
Slush Up, a maker carnival, will be held in Futian District on Saturday to provide a platform for global makers to discuss the latest, trending topics in the maker community, Liang said.
According to Wu You, deputy secretary general of the city government, there are more than 9,690 State-level high-tech companies in Shenzhen.
He said the city government earmarks 500 million yuan (US$74 million) for local makers each year, while many maker centers in the city receive subsidies from the government to improve the services available for makers.
The first Shenzhen Maker Week was launched in 2015. Last year's maker week was attended by over 500,000 participants and visitors from 35 countries and regions.
Center set up to show China good designs
THE Shenzhen Center of China Good Design, a design award organized by the Innovation Design Alliance of China (IDAC), was inaugurated at the Shenzhen Industrial Museum in Futian District on Friday. The winning works of China Good Design will be exhibited at the center until next February.
According to Zhang Yanmin, vice president of IDAC, the exhibition center is open to the public for free with the aim of promoting innovative designs in Shenzhen and soliciting more professional talents for the design industry.
The winning works of the Championship for Innovative Design, a design award organized for college students by the Shenzhen Institute for Innovative Design (SIID), will also be showcased at the center.
Under the theme of "Healthy Lifestyle," this year's competition received over 2,000 entries from college students across the country. An award ceremony was held at the Shenzhen Industrial Museum on Friday with 34 contestants being offered top prizes.
Jiao Lihua, vice president of SIID, said the award is aimed at helping students turn their creative ideas into market-oriented products. According to him, SIID has chosen several winning works, improved the design and turned them into products that are ready to be put on the market.
For instance, a conceptual shared refrigerator with many separate freezers was designed by a student who won the award last year. SIID adopted the idea and made a shared refrigerator that could be used in workplaces so staff could store different kinds of food, beverages or medicine in separate freezers, according to Jiao.
"Students will be offered a sum of money and an opportunity to participate in the design of the products as paid interns at SIID if their idea is chosen," he said. "If they do a good job during the internship, they will be hired by SIID."