Makerspace Profile: SZDIY

Each week, as we get to know our community and the broader IoT movement, we’re fortunate to connect with some remarkable individuals and organizations. In our “Makerspace Profile” series, we interview makerspace founders to learn more about the maker movement around the world.

In this profile, you’ll meet SZDIY based in Shenzhen, China.

How did SZDIY start?

It was officially announced in April 19th 2009.

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What was the initial response to SZDIY like?

In the beginning, just three founders held the meeting at their home. The founders were active members of SZLUG(Linux user group), and they’re embedded engineers. So they tried to build another community about embedded system. At that time, few people know about open hardware, neither the founders. But they’re largely affected by Free software movement, so they try to make the embedded stuffs open. Years later, they realized what they built is actually open hardware.

What kind of equipment and resources do you provide participants?

For now, we have CNC, bench drill, welder, percussion drill,projector, DSO(digital storage oscilloscope) and the poplar 3D printers. And we have several engineers to help. You can make friends here. Specially, we have a hacker band.

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What does “hacking” mean to you and your community?

Our understanding of “hacking” is not cracking, but deconstructing the
unknown things then learning from them. As we grow up, this methodology
becomes a philosophy of our life. We hack Everything, software,
hardware, time scheduling, map routing…so it’s kind of life we choose
and enjoy.

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What projects are people working on?

We’re working on various things, including tiny-device running Lisp
language, board-car driven by Arduino, facephone, Polascii(which is a
Polaroid Camera takes pics in ASCII code)…the rest is listed here:

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What are your future plans?

We just built our brand new hackspace this year, all by ourselves. Now we’re focusing on the projects, and trying to attract more people. The future of our plan is to cooperate with the local electronic industry in Shenzhen to help open hardware/free software movement, and we may get profit either.

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