Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware (Full Documentary) | Future Cities | WIRED

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, July 5, 2016
  • Future Cities, a full-length documentary strand from WIRED Video, takes us inside the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen.
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    We examine the unique manufacturing ecosystem that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware-prototyping culture whilst challenging misconceptions from the west. The film looks at how the evolution of “Shanzhai” – or copycat manufacturing – has transformed traditional models of business, distribution and innovation, and asks what the rest of the world can learn from this so-called “Silicon Valley of hardware".

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    Premiering in February, the second season of WIRED’s Future Cities series takes us inside one of the world’s biggest startup nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as The Startup Nation. WIRED’s four-part series will look beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant, liberal tech epicentre to the wider Holy Land region – the Palestinian territories, where a parallel Startup Nation story is emerging in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli cybersecurity hub of Beersheba. And we will learn how the fertile innovation ecosystem of Silicon Wadi has evolved as a result of its unique political, geographical and cultural situation and explore the future challenges – and solutions – these nations are facing.


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  • Tharuka Jayasinghe

    Tharuka Jayasinghe

     8 hours ago

    The City Of Next generation!!!Asian Wakanda.Sillicon valley Season is over now.

  • Polar Pi

    Polar Pi

     12 hours ago

    19:50 awesome invention.

  • Tray Verse

    Tray Verse

     18 hours ago

    0:51 Clearly knows what your up to

  • ugod987


     22 hours ago

    Dont be jealous America you made them great Again. This is what Open Sourcing does.

  • AGS-TECH Inc. - Custom Manufacturing

    AGS-TECH Inc. - Custom Manufacturing


    We love Shenzhen ! We are very thankful to our long term Chinese partners, suppliers and friends.

  • Джин Д

    Джин Д


    I would want to work in China as an exterior car designer

  • 小p的生活空间



    Chinese's internet censorship is just a way to anti-american-based social media censorship. the former claims they have the wall, the latter 'claim' that they don't have internet wall. Yet selling pro-america or democracy story and ban anything is policitcally incorrect content.

  • Boogieman



    What an excellent documentary. Everyone who looks down on product which state "made in china", should check this out.

  • Eloi Mumford

    Eloi Mumford

     2 days ago

    Where/how to find such item as an electronic ping pong paddle that helps play better ?
    Very well done video , eyes opening how big corporation abuses the an apple could cost 2 thousands usd ?

  • Buck Cerin

    Buck Cerin

     2 days ago

    The blossoming of Shenzen and the Chinese economy has been the result of billions of dollars of investment and the transfer of the technology to these investments mainly from America. Its time that this madness stops and the America invests in its own people.

  • floodruckus


     2 days ago

    Have to keep the people happy! Haha have you been watching the news on Hong Kong. This is laughable.

  • floodruckus


     2 days ago

    Recognize what the Chinese government has done and is doing to its people. The wealth gap is worse than anywhere in the world. Watch the Hong Kong protest and listen to the people there.

  • The Moe Hawk

    The Moe Hawk

     2 days ago

    No wonder China is rising up



     2 days ago +1

    China makes to much junk electronic gadgets.

  • kcimos


     2 days ago

    silicon valley. silicon. as in chips. as in hardware.

  • Christian Smalley

    Christian Smalley

     2 days ago

    computers got faster for free

  • chan doung

    chan doung

     2 days ago

    All stolen tech from the west.

  • sam lion

    sam lion

     3 days ago

    I wonder how many foreigners/entrepreneurs in the video are under surveillance

  • Mahir Siraji

    Mahir Siraji

     3 days ago

    anyone got the name of the soundtrack at the end?

  • Andre Newton

    Andre Newton

     3 days ago

    11:00 his eyes--