Located in the design and modern Chinese Accelerator building, People Squared, once you enter XinCheJian hackerspace, you definitely change of world. You’ll find machines and creations in every corner of the space.
Makers are either deeply focused on their own project, either exchanging good practices and advice.
XinCheJian, 1st Chinese makerspace, was created in March 2010 by 3 engineers: David Li, Ricky Ng-Adam and Min Lin Hsieh. Their objective was to help people to “make their dreams come true” by providing a space, difficult to find in Shanghai, machines but also a strong community.
Its specificity? It’s a volunteer run non-profit community with no boss. Only Freda, the space manager, helps the makers to grow. Meet-ups, workshops and events are run weekly either by Freda, either by the makers themselves.
Thanks to the freedom given to the makers in the lab, a huge diversity of very advanced projects are flourishing: Stary board, an IoT skateboard created by a University kid, Precious Plastic Shanghai or also Plobot, a robot that teaches programming to kids.