Encountering the Future

In partnership with IFTF and the Shenzhen Maker Faire 

April 6-8, 2013

This conference is the third of a series of events we at Hacked Matter put together focused on researching the intersection of maker culture and manufacturing in China. Hacked Matter, in partnership with the IFTF (Institute for the Future), will host and curate a program for the Shenzhen Maker Faire including a series of panels and conversations. There are two primary research goals for this event:

1. To take full advantage of the site and explore Shenzhen’s unique maker culture and its deep links with the manufacturing ecosystem of the Pearl River Delta. Hacked Matter believes that this is a vital moment in the relationship between a global maker culture and the specificities of manufacturing in China. The Shenzhen Maker Faire provides a singular opportunity for both investigation and participation into these emerging networks.

2. To develop the theme ‘Encountering the Future,’ which encompasses the idea of how grassroots makers, start-ups and large-scale entities in the manufacturing ecosystem of Shenzhen are forging new connections and developing new product categories (from wearable and embedded computing to biotech).


Saturday, April 5, 2014

7pm: Defining Terms - Maker, Wearables, IoT, open source, hacking. A Conversation at the Shenzhen Hackerspace Chaihuo (Invite only).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

9:30am - 11:30am: Tour through the Shenzhen Maker Faire


3:00pm - 2:15pm: "Research Perspectives" with Lyn Jeffery, Silvia Lindtner, Anna Greenspan & David Li will introduce the research think tanks Hacked Matter and IFTF.

2:20pm - 3:20pm: “Making & Manufacturing: Today & Tomorrow” Eric Pan and Terry Cheng will discuss the relationship between maker culture and manufacturing as it is playing out now as well as their predictions for the future. Moderators: David Li, Anna Greenspan, Silvia Lindtner.

3:30pm - 4:30pm: “From Hacking Things to Hacking Life” Featuring Eri GentryScott Edmunds & other guests from BGI will examine advances in biotechnology and its intersection with open science.

4:40pm - 5:10pm: “When Makers meet Manufacturers: What comes next?” Wrap up with Lyn Jeffery, Anna Greenspan, Silvia Lindtner, David Li: How will Shenzhen Maker culture shape the future of making, technology development, and global innovation? Hacked Matter and IFTF researchers share key takeaways and forecasts for the coming five years. 

7:30-9:00PM (IFTF): Maker City Meetup 

Makers are shaping the future of their cities—and not only through maker spaces! Makers are starting to re-imagine the larger systems that surround them. They are using the “maker mindset”, DIY ethos, and innovative hacks to solve complex urban challenges of health, education, aging, housing, food, and more.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Research conversations & explorations 

Tuesday April 8, 2014

10:00am - 2:00pm: Visit & Guided tour through BGI, the world's largest genomics sequencing company

afternoon: TBD



Matthew Belanger (NYU SH IMA, NYU ITP)

Terry Cheng (Foxconn)

Scott Edmunds (GigaScience)

Eri Gentry (IFTF, BioCurious)

Anna Greenspan (Hacked Matter, NYU SH)

Amelia Guimarin (University of California, Irvine)

Garnet Hertz  (University of California, Irvine)

Tom Igoe (NYU ITP)

Lyn Jeffrey (IFTF)

Richard Kelly (Li & Fung)

David Li (Hacked Matter, XinCheJian)

Silvia Lindtner (Hacked Matter, ISTC, University of Michigan)

Eric Pan (Seeed Studio)

Marianne Petit (NYU SH IMA, NYU ITP)

Denisa Kera (NUS)

Duleesha Kulasooriya (Deloitte Center for the Edge)

Eddie Tsai (Li & Fung)

Zach (Hoeken) Smith (HAXLR8R)

Yair Reshef (Tel Aviv Hackerspace)

Wing Shum (Li & Fung)

Jake Taylor (Li & Fung)

Ian Woods (Li Fung)

Bilal Ghalib (Maker)

William Hooi (Researcher and Maker)