David Li / Co-founder of Xinchejian (hackerspace) and Hacked Matter (think tank)

Last updated on profile page : December 24th, 2014


David Li has been contributing to open source since 1990. He is member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. Over the past 20 years, David has started several open source software projects and contributed to many others.

In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. He also developed Ardublock, the most popular visual programming environment for Arduino. In the past two years, he has become interested in urban farming and is an enthusiastic proponent of aquaponics, which brings the spirit of open source to farming and gardening.

In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, with Anna Greenspan and Silvia Lindtner.

  • Xinchejian
  • Hacked Matter

By David Li on ParisTech Review

En Occident, le mouvement Maker dont Chris Anderson s'est fait le prophète tarde à décoller. Mais en Chine, un écosystème beaucoup plus vaste s'est déjà constitué, sur des bases un peu différentes. On l'appelle le nouveau shanzhai, d'après le terme qui en chinois désigne l'industrie de la copie. Que se passera-t-il quand ces deux mondes se rencontreront?
Compared to the evolution of the Maker Movement in Western countries, China has already formed a much larger bottom-up ecosystem, manifesting the ultimate goal of the Maker Movement - democratizing innovation. We call it the New Shanzhai, after the Chinese word for copycat. The question is, what will happen when these two worlds meet together?


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