Shenzhen, a small fishing village along the coast of the South China Sea in 1978, is now one of the world’s top destinations for entrepreneurs, programmers, and engineers. There’s a place called Huaqiangbei Electronics Market in the Central Business District of Shenzhen where hundreds of shops and vendors sell, repair, and modify electronic components and devices every day. Here, one can find and test specific hardware for a prototype or get a cracked phone screen fixed in a matter of minutes.

In short, the rest of the world’s reaction to the rise of Shenzhen could be described in similar sentiment to Silicon Valley veteran Scotty Allen’s upon visiting the southern Chinese city for the first time: “Wow, we are fucked.”

We wanted to experience first-hand the unique, anything-is-possible spirit of this city, so we’re bringing Asia Hardware Battle (AHB) 2018 City Pitching to Shenzhen. On September 14, we will be joined by our partners HAX, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), ParticleX, ABeam Consulting China, WeWork, Indiegogo, and Tsinghua SEM X-elerator in Shenzhen’s Futian District. If you are a hardware startup ready to take on the impossible, find out how you can join us today!

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Suzanne Tsai is a social media manager based in Beijing. You can contact her at suzannetsai@technode.com.