Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day 0: Dongmen and Copy Mall Tour

By ian Before the workshop started we planned to take a few early arrivals to Dongmen and the Copy Mall. Instead, almost the entire group came. We hit Dongmen, China’s largest street market and the oldest market in Shenzhen (Laojie metro stop exit E). Highlights included the pirate software vendors, glasses world (eyeglass and contact […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen Day -1: Pre-game dinner at Japanese Secret Location

By ian Anyone arriving early was invited to “Japanese Secret Location” in Louhu, the oldest part of Shenzhen, for an all you can eat, all you can drink, Japanese dinner. This is one of our favorite dining spots and we wanted to share it with everyone.

Week in (p)review April 11, 2014

Here’s a summary of major developments over the last week. Free PCB Friday is coming up soon. Hacker Camp Shenzhen April 3-5, 2014 Sick Of Beige Basic Case v1 (DP5050) back in stock Yet another Logic Sniffer case Check out sparkybg’s  controller for soldering irons using the Hakko T12 type tips in the project log […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen map and schedule arrives

By ian There’s a lot of Huaqiangbei maps out there (Seeed Studio, HAXLR8R, Oomlout), but we needed one specifically for Hacker Camp Shenzhen. This map has favorite component and tools buildings, some hidden and not normally visited. It also has ‘local’ places I’ve discovered during the last year living in the market area: cheap and […]

Hacker Camp Shenzhen patches

By ian It’s amazingly easy and cheap to get things made in China. To showcase that we’ve had hackerspace passport stamps, banners, and now patches made for the workshop. These patches, while not the best quality ever, were only 1RMB each ($0.16USD) for 50 pieces – delivered in 5 days. Everyone attending the workshop will […]

Meet the amazing China power outlet

By ian Traveling abroad you’ll likely encounter many different outlets. While most of our stuff uses an adapter that will take any local power supply from 100volts to 240volts, the plug shapes are still different. Usually you buy a way over-priced adapter for a specific region before heading out. Not in China! In Shenzhen most […]

Shenzhen workshop hackerspace passport stamps

By ian Everyone attending Hacker Camp Shenzhen will get a Chinese-style hackerspace passport made by Seeed Studio. We created two stamps for the camp. One is for the market tour, the other for the soldering workshop. Hold onto the passports, there will be many more opportunities to get stamps at the Shenzhen Maker Faire following […]

BGA chips: remove, reball, replace the easy way

By ian Today we previewed the Hacker Camp Shenzhen advanced soldering class to prepare translations and figure out how everything will work. Its way, way better than we had hoped. In three hours we learned how to remove, reball, and replace a BGA chip. A couple of us did two. No special BGA reballing tools […]

Why Do I Need A Calculator?

By akiba I’ve been getting some questions on why a calculator is included in the hackercamp package. There’s actually a pretty interesting story behind it. A lot of people new to the electronic markets in Hua Qiang Bei quickly realize that no English is spoken there. Bargaining is carried out in Chinese and you actually […]

Shenzhen workshop April 3-5, 2014

Have you ever wanted to visit Shenzhen, home of the world’s largest electronics market? This year, just prior to the Shenzhen Maker Faire, join us for a soldering workshop and market tour for hardware hackers April 3-5, 2014. The main event is a two day soldering course at Shenzhen’s cell phone repair school. They’ll teach […]