Can partnering traditional craftsmanship with Fab Lab solutions improve lives in rural farm villages?

We've been invited to join the British Council programme, Hello Shenzhen, to bring best practice of environmentally focused maker projects from around the world to support livelihoods in rural China. The Pearl River Delta has witnessed urbanisation at an unprecedented scale and speed. We'll be examining how Shenzhen, it's 'manufacturing backbone', can support rural life and vice versa - how local craftsmanship and cultural identity can be harnessed.

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Huizhou, China

Huizhou, China


Design / ideas competition

We are inviting submissions to a new design and ideas competition - reimagining the forgotten buildings of Xinguang village. We are looking for a range of innovative ideas and fresh thinking to imagine a new life for these abandoned buildings, and a vision for progress in rural China.

Deadline: Thursday 23rd March

For more information see our competition page >>


Hello Shenzhen is a bilateral exchange programme connecting makers in the UK and China, supported by the British Council, The Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation (SFIEC) and Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL). Maker culture is dynamic and growing globally. Maker communities are transforming the creative process - developing innovative products and forming new models of social, civic and educational practices. This new and emerging sector is internationally focused and digitally connected.

Visit Hello Shenzhen webpage >>