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== This year's Hacker Trip To China == '''When:''' 11-October-2016 (Shanghai) through 1-November-2016 (Beijing). '''Flight, transportation, and hotel Info''': We were each be on our own to book our own air fare to meet in Shanghai on 11-October, and fly home from Beijing on 1-November (or from wherever and whenever you decide to fly home from).<br> I'll organized the itinerary and the hotels and other transport. I'll pay in advance for some of this, and you can pay me back.<br> '''Where:''' In each of the cities we will go to, we'll visit some of their local hackerspace(s), and will be shown around by local geeks to see what interested them where they live. We'll also have plenty of time to do "normal" (and spectacular) tourist things too!<br> '''Here's some possible places we might visit, leaving plenty of room for the serendipity that makes our Hacker Trip To China truly unique and memorable:'''<br> * We'll start our trip by meeting in <span style="color:red">'''Shanghai'''</span> on 11-October-2016. We'll visit [http://www.etonnet.com/ my manufacturer (Etonnet)] that I have used for [http://www.tvbgone.com TV-B-Gone] remote controls and [http://www.neurodreamer.com NeuroDreamer] sleep masks, where we will all get to see how products are made, from start to finish, learning how manufacturing works. We will also visit [http://xinchejian.com/ XinCheJian] hackerspace in Shanghai. We have been invited to the [http://www.shanghaimakercarnival.com/ Shanghai Maker Carnival], where we can all show off our projects and give workshops (if you like). We can also visit companies started by hardware hacker geeks, such as [http://www.dfrobot.com/ DFRobot]. We can also visit the [http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/4064240200/in/set-72157622640069902/ Shanghai electronics mall] (a smaller version of the famous electronics mall we will later visit in Shenzhen). * We'll go from Shanghai to <span style="color:red">'''Hong Kong'''</span> and visit [http://www.dimsumlabs.com/ Dim Sum Labs] hackerspace. We'll also see lots of other cool stuff in Hong Kong.<br> * Then we go across the border to mainland China again, to <span style="color:red">'''Shenzhen'''</span> to visit [http://www.chaihuo.org/ Chaihuo Makerspace], [http://www.szdiy.org/ SZDIY] hackerspace, and a few other new hackerspaces, some of which are real, and hundreds of which are brand new (this year) over-the-top bizarre government-started places where they want to create "the next Apple" (we won't visit them all!). We have been invited to the [http://www.makerfaireshenzhen.com/english Maker Faire Shenzhen], where we can all show off our projects and give workshops (if you like). We'll also visit [http://www.seeedstudio.com Seeed Studio] - the open source hardware company - to meet the cool folks there and to see their manufacturing facilities. We'll meet with the founders of [http://dangerousprototypes.com/ Dangerous Prototypes] - another open source hardware company. We'll also visit other manufacturers, to see where all the things we use in our daily lives come from. Of course, we'll also visit the famous (and totally awesome!) [http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/shenzhen/print Huaqiangbei electronics market] in Shenzhen.<br> * We'll then make our way to <span style="color:red">'''Beijing'''</span> where we'll visit the [http://www.bjmakerspace.com/ Beijing Makerspace] hackerspace. We'll also visit Tsinghua University, where they built the world's largest hackerspace last year, and where I've been hacker in residence. Beijing has lots and lots of way cool stuff to visit and be a part of. For most of us, our trip will end here in Beijing as many people on our trip will fly home from Beijing on 1-November-2016. ''I will be in Beijing, as hacker in residence at Tsinghua University from 31-August through 10-October. Everyone is welcome to join me in Beijing for any or all of this residency. (And, of course, are everyone is free to arrive and leave whenever you like.)<br> I fly home from Shanghai on 2-November.<br>'' '''Cost:''' For the fifth Noisebridge China trip, I paid $2,222 total (for 4 weeks), including air fare from SF and food and everything -- including all the electronics stuff that I bought.<br> ''Part of this year's trip may be paid for by Tsinghua University.'' '''#hashtag:''' [https://twitter.com/hashtag/httc2016 #httc2016] (Hacker Trip To China 2016) <br> <br>
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