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: 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 2 Video: Export, Import, Shipping, Sourcing Agents

Connie @ Arcbotics discusses import and export from China, Lily and Ben talk about sourcing agents, and Tully @ Factory For All covers shipping. Morning discussions from Hacker Camp Shenzhen 2014, Friday April 4th. The three speaker and presentations, and all the day 2 picture posts.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Chinese New Year in Shenzhen the world electronics capital

Shenzhen wasn’t a town 30 years ago, it was barely a village. Almost nobody is from Shenzhen, people come here to make money and send it to family in other parts of China. Over the Chinese New Year, that two week period when you can’t order from Seeed Studio, tons of eBay vendors, and all […]