Trolling venture capital and the death of Hacker Camp Shenzhen

The sixth and final Hacker Camp Shenzhen begins in a few days. We’ll do the typical tours, market shopping, factory visits, and lots of eating and drinking. There are around 30 purchased tickets, and another dozen repeat campers and locals coming along to help. Hacker Camp has been amazing because of the totally cool people […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen 2016 March 24-26

Hacker Camp Shenzhen 2016 is on! Join us from Thursday March 24 to Saturday March 26 for fun, food and 3 solid days of electronics tours in Shenzhen China and beyond. Come to the world’s electronics capital and experience Shenzhen like a local hacker. Tour the famous Huaqiangbei electronics markets with people who live in […]

Thoughts and rumors about Hacker Camp Shenzhen & Maker Faire

This past week we rocked Hacker Camp 5 and Shenzhen Maker Faire. It was a huge party, as always, thank you to everyone who came! Instead of covering the camp and fair directly, we saved the images and chat transcript from the shenzhen_hacker_bei group on WeChat. Nearly 100 hackers, makers, and organizers shared a week […]

LED strip testing with Bus Pirate

Drew tested out some addressable RGB LEDs he bought during Hacker Camp, using a Bus Pirate.    Via Shenzhen_hacker_hole WeChat group. The LDP6803 uses SPI for communication. A power supply and a Bus Pirate and I was able to change colors without code. The chip uses a 7bit encoding of colors so setting individual colors can’t […]

Reminder: Last day to register for Hacker Camp Shenzhen is TODAY!

Friendly reminder: today is the last day to register for Hacker Camp Shenzhen. Only a couple tickets remain, we expect this camp to will be full (~25 people). Join our very own Sjaak, Tayken, and others in the hacker capital of the world. See you in Shenzhen in April!

Hacker Camp Shenzhen vol 4: 182 degrees open for registration!

Hacker Camp Shenzhen volume 4: “182 degrees” is on! Join us from Thursday April 1 to Saturday April 3, 2015 for fun, food and 3 solid days of electronics tours in Shenzhen China and beyond. Tickets are available now. Come to the world’s electronics capital and experience Shenzhen like a local hacker. Tour the famous […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen: Yet another video from Gary Fletcher

By DP Gary Fletcher shared this Shenzhen trip video he made: So anyway, here is a snippet of our 10 days in China/Hong Kong in what I am calling a Blogamentory (my perspective), but there is some more professional stuff from the guys on their own site you’ll dig into here Thanks again guys and […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Video: Advanced soldering demo at Hacker Camp Shenzhen

By ian QFN, BGA, plastic connectors, other crazy advanced removal and replacement of surface mount components by a teacher at a Lande Mobile Repair School in Shenzhen China. Part of Hacker Camp Shenzhen 2014. Presentations, pictures, and overview here. Next week we’ll have step by step instructions for reballing BGA chips. Get your BGA reballng […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen: Yet another video from Gary Fletcher

Gary Fletcher shared this Shenzhen trip video he made: So anyway, here is a snippet of our 10 days in China/Hong Kong in what I am calling a Blogamentory (my perspective), but there is some more professional stuff from the guys on their own site you’ll dig into here Thanks again guys and for those of you […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 3: Office hunting, hiring, starting companies, work visas

By ian Ian @ Dangerous Prototypes discusses office hunting and life in Shenzhen. Jin @ FlyLin shares his experience hiring short term labor for kitting and assembly. Chester details the types of companies foreigners can start in China, and how to get a work visa. Morning discussions from Hacker Camp Shenzhen 2014, Saturday April 5th. […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 1: Surviving Shenzhen, Chinese Lesson, Market

By ian Ian @ Dangerous Prototypes discusses survival in Shenzhen and Huaqiangbei Electronics Market etiquette, Jin @ FlyLin gives a short Chinese lesson. Morning discussions from Hacker Camp Shenzhen 2014, Thursday April 3rd. Presentations, pictures, and overview here. Via Hacker Camp Shenzhen mini-site: Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 1: Surviving Shenzhen, Chinese Lesson, Market

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 3: Big Hacker Shaokao (BBQ)

By ian Time flies! No one believes this is the last day of Hacker Camp Shenzhen. There’s just one event left. A Hacker Shaokao (BBQ), and every hacker in Shenzhen is invited. Once again, we gathered at Exit C of Science museum metro stop, where every event started throughout the whole workshop. See the hacker […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 3: Soldering workshop

By ian Hacker Camp Shenzhen’s main event, the BGA reballing course, continues for a second day. At this point most people had reballed a chip, or were close to finishing. For the rest of the day out instructor, a master solder ninja, took on every challenge we tossed at him. Before the workshop stated though, […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 2: Soldering workshop

By ian Hacker Camp Shenzhen’s main event is a two day soldering course at a mobile phone repair school in Huaqiangbei. They teach a technique to replace the solder balls used to connect modern BGA chips to circuits boards. Usually this process requires special machinery, but the repair school teaches a simple hand technique that […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 1: Hot pot dinner

By ian Hacker Camp Shenzhen isn’t just about cool markets and amazing soldering techniques, we made food a centerpiece too! Day 1 dinner: Hot pot. Here is the hot pot crew in action! 30 hackers joined us at our favorite hot pot place. This hot pot restaurant is probably the most popular one in the […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 1: Huaqiangbei market tour

By ian Huaqiangbei is probably the largest electronics component market in the world. It’s why we’re here for Hacker Camp Shenzhen, it’s why most people are visiting. On day one we broke into four groups and toured the market. Everyone was introduced to guides’ favorite distributors, and we bought a few goodies along the way. […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 1: Surviving Shenzhen

By ian Each morning of Hacker Camp Shenzhen started with a 2 hour discussion of various Shenzhen and electronics stuff. The first day Ian @ Dangerous Prototypes gave an overview of Shenzhen, food options, and essential life skills for getting around. Jin @ FlyLin gave a crash course overview of Chinese that introduced basics like […]