The world of shopaholics (aka hand-choppers) was filled with glee and excitements from Singles’ Day extravaganza this weekend. Instead of joining the shopping spree, a small group of geeks and techies were having their own non-stop carnival—Techstars Startup Weekend—in downtown Shanghai’s startup center People Squared.

Nearly one hundred of programmers and designers got together to come up with something awesome. After the prolonged 54-hours of hacking and brainstorming, each team took a turn to pitch on stage in an attempt to impress the judges as well as the audience.

China’s mass innovation and mass entrepreneur initiative has caught nearly every walk of the society, and the university campus is no exception. It makes a lot of sense since universities are home to thousands of researchers and incredibly smart students. At the Techstars event, it was nice to see that the effort is seeing some results as college students are gaining momentum not only as a source of startup innovation but also as a powerful target market: these student entrepreneurs are trying to solve their own problems.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.