Clément Renaud – The Making of Technology in Shenzhen, China

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“Designed in China, Assembled in California”* is more and more a reality. The vast majority of our computer devices are manufactured in the city of Shenzhen and the tech leading companies are not (only) in Silicon Valley anymore.
What does it mean for our industry? Clément Renaud will share his own experience with us so we can try to answer that question.


The Making of Technology in Shenzhen, Local and Global Implications

Located near Hong Kong in Southern China, the city of Shenzhen is today a global hub for digital products and services. Built on the industrial legacy of the “Made in China”, Shenzhen combines its manufacturing capacity with entirely new development and design processes. The gigantic actors that have emerged locally (Tencent, Huawei, BGI, etc) are shaping the present and future of technology worldwide. The talk will introduce the city by providing background, context and examples based on several years of research and on-hands experience.

Clement Renaud is a researcher, artist and creative developer investigating global technology flows between China and the rest of the World. His works bridge on-site field investigation and data visualisation, spanning anthropology, geography, coding, art and product design. He currently holds a research position at the Institute for Area and Global Studies at EPFL (Switzerland). He lives and works in Shenzhen (China) and Lyon (France).


* Oliver Reichenstein – Designed in China, Assembled in California – July 4, 2018 – https://ia.net/topics/designed-in-china-assembled-in-california


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