Yes, open hardware people are gathering here in Beijing too!
This is the very first conference in China about open hardware, and surely will trigger much more events and activities. Hackerspaces are born all over China like bamboo shoots, and spreading the Maker movement in its region, more people interested in Arduino and open hardware even live on it. Thanks to the offer from OW2 and Peter Cheng, people from Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Harbin and Overseas to form the exceptional open hardware session during China Open Source Week 2011.
The event is occupied in BUAA, during the most beautiful season of Beijing.
David Li from Xinchejian, who is also very veteran in open software, gave introduction about open hardware and hackerspaces, and invite audiances for open hardware sessions in the afternoon.
Joint forces from Chinese Academic, Hackerspaces, Makers, and Open hardware shared their works and insights. Audiences rush in that there is barely room to stand near the end of the session. It’s not a bare ground here, pioneers have already practived their passion for years just need a stage to expose their exsitance. 😉
Slides and Intro here! (Partially English) http://wiki.chinamakerspaces.org/index.php?title=OpensourceWeekOpensourceHardware2011
Discussion went on in a underground coffee shop, after the conference. We kicked off a Maker-Faire-like event targeted April 20-22 in Beijing. It will be a rountine event travelling in different cities each year, inviting global makers and local tradional makers to share the joy of making.
Welcome make with China!