SZOIL is a digital, intelligent innovation laboratory for technological innovation, knowledge sharing, creative exchange and collaborative creation. With navigation and guide of different maker spaces available, it encourages interdisciplinary exchanges, promotes the realization of creative ideas and its productization, organizes maker gatherings, workshops at all levels, entrepreneurial salons and investor meetings, and provides the best and top-quality services for entrepreneurs to help them put thoughts and ideas into practice. Since its inception, SZOIL has organized a number of international and distinctive makers-related brand activities, attracting many outstanding makers at home and abroad to participate, and winning unanimous praise from industry peers and domestic and foreign makers, such as “Shenzhen Makers @ World” organized by Shenzhen Foundation for International.
Exchange and Cooperation which aims to explore the innovation ecosystem of makers in the UK and the United States and promote the in-depth exchanges and cooperation; the “Belt and Road” International Makers Summit at the National Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week which aims to explore a new development pattern for the “Belt and Road” innovation and entrepreneurship and Shenzhen industry chain; and FAB12 at which more than 1,000 core managers of global Fab Lab networks discuss makers’ innovative projects and the possibility of commercialization based on Shenzhen resources.
The 2018 National “Designed in Ethiopia” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activities from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Ethiopia undertaken by Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL) linked young Ethiopia entrepreneurs with Shenzhen’s open innovation resources to promote the development of both sides. A series of activities organized by SZOIL have attracted the attention of outstanding makers at home and abroad, and prompted them to visit SZOIL on the spot, and have been well received by their counterparts and makers at home and abroad.
Relying on the local industrial chain resources, SZOIL helps accelerate the development of makers’ innovation and entrepreneurship projects and looks to create a global leading, national flagship high-quality innovation service platform for makers. Since its establishment in 2015, SZOIL has nurtured and incubated more than 100 maker team projects at home and abroad, of which more than 25 have been funded by the Shenzhen City’s annual special funds for social and individual maker projects; in 2016, SZOIL was identified by the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government as a city-level maker service platform, and in the same year, it was upgraded to a maker space filed in the state and recognized by the Torch High Technology Industry Development Center, Ministry of Science & Technology.
SZOIL is a digital and intelligent innovation laboratory for technological innovation, knowledge sharing, creative exchange and collaborative creation. In 2016, it became the first and only teaching location in Shenzhen for the course of MIT CBA Fab Academy, and also the first laboratory in China that successfully trained Fab Academy certified local instructors and topped the list in number of certified instructors.
It sponsored FAB12 in China, at which the R&D of Fab Lab 2.0 “Intelligent Machines” was discussed on the basis of Shenzhen’s huge manufacturing industry chain to achieve the upgrading from Fab Lab 1.0 to 2.0; in October 2016, it undertook the Shenzhen workshops at the National Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week, and carried out various maker-related activities, allowing the public to better know makers, participate in innovation and experience the creation, which was highly praised by Li Keqiang;