Rachel Marsden’s words | ‘Shanzhai & Taobao: Maker Tales from China’ by David Li at MadLab

After a full-on conference day on ‘Cities and Territorial Challenges’ at Bury Art Gallery, I managed to catch David Li’s talk ‘Shanzhai & Taobao: Maker Tales from China’ at Madlab, Manchester.

David is founder of China’s first hackerspace XinCheJian and Shanghai-based research hub Hacked Matter, and is now Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab. I had, had, HAD to go to this event as I remember going to the opening of XinCheJian in 2010 when I was living in Shanghai (I tried to hunt out the images but couldn’t find them). It was great to see him in the UK and hear about his recent work with Nesta, where David is creating the first open dataset on Chinese makerspaces which will be released mid-2016. Also, his work with the British Council’s Creative Economy team for a now 5-year funded project.