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19 September 2016

Hello Shenzhen at London Design Festival

As part of the London Design Festival on 21 September we are running a day of workshops, product showcases and discussions at the V&A to bring together the Shenzhen and UK maker communities. Find out how to get involved!

Fiona Dowling

11:00 to 16:00: Innovation showcase 

Location: Learning Centre

Artists and digital technologists from the Arts+Tech accelerator will showcase prototypes designed in the UK and in the process of being manufactured in Shenzhen. MadLab's Arts+Tech programme is a 'creative practice accelerator' for artists working with digital making technology, funded by Arts Council England and Innovate UK.

Artists showcased:

Gemma May Latham

Inspired by textile and computing heritage, PatternCraft is a make-it-yourself analogue to digital punchcard reader. It's a tool for learning the fundamentals of computing and code, and a base for developing interactive projects.

One Five West (Sophie Bullock and Anna Horton Cremin)

The artist duo has developed a series of interactive light and sound objects called 'Larks', which respond to movement, sound and touch. These handheld, portable objects can be hooked, stuck and strapped to street furniture - offering tools for creation, and transforming cities into playgrounds. 

Rachael Moat

Rachael Moat is a professional musician and music teacher. During the Arts+Tech programme she has developed several musical prototypes to help children with complex learning difficulties improve fundamental skills.

11:00 - 12:30: Prototyping maker zones in the UK 

Location: Learning Centre

The day will kick off with a discussion on the status of creative education in UK and China. We will hear from Chinese makers how they work with Shenzhen schools to help them develop these essential skills and we will prototype together a maker zone model for your school, library or organisation.

Ticketed event - sign up here

13:00 - 13:30: V&A Gallery talk: Unidentified Acts of Design

Location: The T.T Tsui Gallery - China

To explore Chinese making and design practices further, the curators of the Unidentified Acts of Design exhibition will discuss case studies on display at the V&A which range from the Shanzhai mobile phone industry through to WeChat, China’s most popular social media platform.

13:30 - 14:30: Panel Discussion: Design and Practices of Social Innovation 

Location:  The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre (V&A event)

The Design Society is a new comprehensive cultural institution in China that believes in a shared urgency to trigger and amplify design knowledge and tools to empower more people for a better society.

The Director of Design Society Ole Bouman will invite practitioners from both China and the UK to explore how design practices enable social innovation, from the angles of new technology, education, and the role of international institutions.

Ticketed event

15.00 - 16.00: Roundtable: Driving hardware innovation 

Location: Learning Centre

Finally, a roundtable co-hosted by the Central Research Laboratory will bring entrepreneurs, investors, government innovation bodies, hardware influencers, industrial designers and manufacturers from UK and China together in an intimate setting to open up a dialogue to develop meaningful collaboration. 

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Hello Shenzhen is a partnership between the British Council, The Shenzhen Foundation  for International Exchange and Collaboration and Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab. 

Hello Shenzhen is the next iteration of Shenzhen Makers@World, the flagship programme of The Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation. It is a continuation of the work carried out in this area by programme partners: including the Made in China and Living Research reports by British Council, AHRC, SZOIL, and Nesta.

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