Blue Sky Labs won the TechCrunch Shanghai 2017 Startup Competition with its plans to manufacture products to help consumers tackle problems with air, water and food. The prize was RMB 1 million in the form of an interest-free convertible debt bond from Gobi Partners.

TechCrunch Shanghai 2017 was brought to a fitting close: recognition of a startup that incorporates the values of the event. After several previous rounds including the previous day’s semi finals, five finalists made it through to the final round. The event followed a strict 3-minute pitch, 3-minute jury question period format. The finalists were all well rehearsed with very few being cut off by the host. At the end of the pitches the five-member jury went off to deliberate before coming back with their results.

Both teams won an RMB 100,000 bond from Gobi Partners. Flint OS is an operating system that is a non-Google version of Chrome OS, a browser-based operating system based on Linux that, unlike Chrome OS, can be installed on a vast number of devices. Chrome OS only works on Chromebooks and has to connect to Google’s cloud services (making Chromebooks essentially paperweights in China).

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...