Some readers of this blog may be familiar with my series on “Made in China” — my story of how chumby was manufactured in China. The series was very popular, and I’m glad for that because I think it’s important that the world know more about what’s happening out here in Shenzhen. Instead of just me writing more about the market, I felt the best way to get the word out is to bring more people like you and me out to this place and to show them around, and to have them describe it from their perspective as well. Last year at FOO Camp, I was batting this idea around with Dale and Sara from O’Reilly, and with their encouragement I decided to go for it. Dale connected me with a group of very talented geeks who could benefit from the tour, and PCH (chumby’s manufacturing management company) graciously hosted the event, providing logistical support, local knowledge, factory connections and good cheer to the tour. Currently we are in the heart of Shenzhen wandering around factories, markets and other interesting places.
Above is a group shot from when we visited the plastics factory that does chumby’s injection molding. The attendees on the tour include Leah Buechley, Tom Igoe, Jeevan Kalanithi, David Merrill, Windell Oskay, Eric Schweikardt, and Nathan Seidle. Check out their respective blogs for their perspective on technology in China!
(Photo above copyright Tom Igoe, posted with permission)