Asia Hardware Battle, an annual competition run by TechNode with the goal to source the best uprising hardware stars in the region—South Korea, Japan, Israel, Singapore, Thailand, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan—kicked off the preliminary round this year in three Chinese cities—Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Makers solving problems in areas spanning K-12 education, entertainment, security, manufacture, transportation to developer tools pitch to a room of hardware experts and enthusiasts.

The regional winners will advance to the global final to be held during National Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week in September. Mass innovation and entrepreneurship, or “Shuangchuang” as the two concepts are collectively known in Chinese, was made popular when Premier Li Keqiang drew out China’s national plan for economic transition and sustained growth through innovation by entrepreneurs and the mass. The winners will present in front of accredited industry leaders like Zhu Xiaohu (Managing Partner at GSR Ventures), Kuantai Yeh (Partner at Qiming Ventures), Grace Gu Minman (‎Principal at ZhenFund), and Markus Seidel (‎Vice President, Head of BMW Group Technology Office China).

Here’s a glimpse of the battle from Shenzhen yesterday:

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Rita Liao

Telling the uncommon China stories through tech. I can be reached at ritacyliao [at] gmail [dot] com.