According to the 2018 Global Innovation Index Report, China ranked among the top 20 most innovative economies for the first time, positioning it as the only middle-income country to make the list. In the spirit of China’s impressive development, we are inviting many outstanding representatives among China’s innovative leaders to the upcoming TechCrunch 2018 International Innovation Summit in Shenzhen.

Here is the first batch of speakers we have lined up:

Bill Liu

Founder and CEO of Royole Corporation

Bill Liu is the Chief Executive Officer of Royole Corporation, a company that develops rollable displays for smartphones, mobile devices, computers, and televisions. From 2009 to 2012, Liu served as a consultant engineer and research scientist at IBM’s Global R&D Center in New York. He then founded Royole Corporation in 2012, a multinational company with offices in Silicon Valley, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. In 2014, Royole Corporation introduced the world’s thinnest flexible display with a thickness of only 0.01mm. The company’s four-year market value exceeded $3 billion, making it one of the world’s fastest-growing technology startups. Liu was awarded the 20th “China Youth May 4thMedal”, listed in Forbes’ “Top Ten Innovative People in China and the US” and MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35”, and was a recipient of the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” title. Liu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. At TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018, Bill Liu will teach us the philosophy of designing technological products, from minimalism to extreme flexibility.

Archer Ru

Founder and CEO of The Makers

Founder of KOB Robot Combat Tournament

Producer of Zhejiang TV series “King of Bots”

Co-producer of Youku series “This is Fighting Robots”

Archer Ru is a well-known TV producer in the finance and technology fields. He graduated from Tsinghua University School of Journalism and Communication and had working experience in the economic division of CCTV and the China Business Network (CBN) Channel of Shanghai Media Group (SMG). He has produced the economic program “Dialogue” in CCTV as well as “Brainstorm” and “Boss Town” in the CBN Channel of SMG. In 2014, Ru founded The Makers, one of the leading technology entertainment content companies in China. The Makers focuses on technology-based entertainment, intellectual property, and merchandising. The company is dedicated to spreading the spirit of innovation, inspiring more young people to create. The company has successively released a number of science and technology shows. In 2018, The Makers launched “King of Bots”, the first robot combat competition show in China, in cooperation with Zhejiang TV, and “This is Fighting Robots”, co-produced with popular Chinese video platform Youku. The Makers has created a new category of “hard technology” in China, receiving much enthusiastic market feedback. At TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018, Archer Ru will talk about the current state of entertainment IP in the world of makers and discuss with us how to build The Makers Entertainment IP into a carrier of users’ emotional expressions and values, as well as how to not only achieve technology-driven content, but also drive the maker culture to become mainstream youth culture and establish an ecological industrial chain centered on entertainment, events, consumption, and education.

Jie Wu

Founder of Shimo Docs

Jie Wu founded Shimo Docs in 2014. Previously, Wu worked at SAP in Silicon Valley, the world’s largest enterprise software services company, before returning to China to work as a Presidential Management Fellow under the CEO of a leading GIS professional software company. Wu holds a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from New York University. Shimo Docs is a cloud-based productivity suite that combines chat, documents, spreadsheets, and more in a simple interface that integrates traditional Chinese aesthetics. Its cloud collaboration method makes it easier for users to write together, discuss cases, and record meetings, revolutionizing the way information is created, communicated, and shared. At TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018, Jie Wu will share with us the current status and future of online documents, and how domestic enterprises can improve cross-domain office efficiency and competency through cloud platforms.

Zhao Peng

Founder and President of BOSS Zhipin

Zhao Peng is the founder and president of BOSS Zhipin. BOSS Zhipin is a rapidly growing Chinese recruiting app with 63.7 million users. Using advanced data technology, BOSS Zhipin efficiently matches job seekers and recruiters based on their preferences and behavior. It allows the two sides to chat directly via instant message and constantly optimizes its algorithm by learning user behavior. In 2017, BOSS Zhipin entered the US market, providing an efficient recruiting solution for Chinese students in the US. At TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018, Zhao Peng will talk about the global AI industry and from a scientific analysis explore the balance of the talent market as well as how to continuously strengthen technological investment and innovation.

Haibo Chen

Founder and CEO of DeepBlue Technology

Haibo Chen, founder and CEO of DeepBlue Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, is also one of the Shanghai Smart Community committee members. With 20 years of experience in the retail field and access to cutting-edge technology, Chen has become a pioneer in the smart retail industry. He set up Austway Group in Australia in 2005, which has since become a comprehensive and diversified investment technology enterprise integrating artificial intelligence, medical services, finance and securities, international trade and more. In 2011, Chen joined the “Round Table of World Chinese Business Leaders” through the invitation from the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. In 2014, Chen founded DeepBlue Technology with his doctoral/postdoctoral team when he came back to China. DeepBlue Technology is a global leading enterprise in the field of smart consumer goods retailing, providing various smart upgrade solutions for traditional retailers. The company launched FacePay in 2014 as an internal biometric payment tool. It has the lowest false recognition rate in the market and has gained strong support from China UnionPay. In 2017, DeepBlue Technology launched quiXmart intelligent system, which is used for the traditional retail smart upgrade and smart city/smart community management services. the quiXmart intelligent system is based on computer vision and deep learning algorithm. Chen himself has gained over 40 technical patents such as biometric ID recognition, computer version, directional sound source, and smart equipment in China and Australia. At TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018, Haibo Chen will talk about the next wave of artificial intelligence unicorns and explore how to comprehensively promote the construction of a new ecosystem based on artificial intelligence technology to empower more industries.

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

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