Shenzhen’s rainstorms didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of students, designers and coders from all over the world participating in the 2017 TechCrunch Shenzhen hackathon, co-hosted by TechNode.

In teams of 4 or 5, the participants took on challenges posed by sponsors Dianrong, Mobike, Meet Magento Association and Segway Robotics. Dianrong is China’s premier peer-to-peer lending platform while Meet Magento is an association that connects businesses all over the world. The tasks ranged from e-commerce to using blockchain in investment schemes for Mobike and developing new uses for Segway’s Loomo robot.

The teams got to the tasks right away and many came prepared with ideas. Team 20, Basement Hackers, worked on a smart service platform for blind users incorporating the Segway Loomo. They started testing a prototype early on, with makeshift canes and DIY fixtures.

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Linda Lew

Linda Lew is a Beijing-based journalist who covers technology, start-ups and business in China. You can reach her at lindalew at aliyun dot com.