* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design, exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we take a look at the people behind Seeed Studio, who are championing the maker movement within China, and championing China abroad.
The Facilitators / Seeed
Seeed is a company that provides open source hardware and manufacturing services to global makers, including engineers, inventors, DIY amateurs and students, who want to develop their ideas into finished prototypes and products.
Established in 2008 in Shenzhen by Hao (Eric) Pan, Seeed invests in research, technology and development while taking full advantage of the city’s fast manufacturing processes, hardware and electronics suppliers and distribution channels.
Through the organisation of the Shenzhen Maker Faire, first introduced in 2012, and their work with Chaihuo makerspace and mobile maker stations, they are promoting maker culture in China. Premier Li Keqiang visited the Chaihuo maker space in January 2014, endorsing maker spaces as key drivers for China’s innovation.