Geeks that hack machines together, for the love of building are the forgotten tech heroes. A while ago I met Justin Wang, a Renmin University grad who has since joined forces with Beijing Maker Space. The space is a co-working lab in Beijing, for tech enthusiasts to build their dream machines.

Beijing Maker Space is made

The lab was established in January this year by a mysterious hacker called Flamingo. The mission is to encourage social innovation and develop the open-source hardware ecosystem by building a physical and online community where people can learn, share and work on projects using interactive design.  Like open-source software, open source hardware means people from around the world have already tried to build something and can share how they did it, so an engineer is not starting from nothing. The beauty of knowledge-sharing means people can build on and improve what somebody else has done. Justin believes that “this [sharing] will speed up innovation.”

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.