Forgive me barging in here, but I am a regular at the Wuthering Bytes Festival, and a friend of @9600.
I am undertaking a tour of the UK, with my close friend TobyYu from Shenzhen.
Toby is visiting the UK for the first time - in fact it is his first time outside China, and he has prepared a presentation describing his role within the Shenzhen electronics scene.
Toby runs an electronic component supply business in Shenzhen with the emphasis of obtaining hard to find parts, small volumes, or hunting down the exotic to special order. He provides the link between the vast electronic markets and factories of Shenzhen, and the customers in the West. Think of him as your Shenzhen Personal Shopper.
In addition to component sourcing, Toby is involved with the manufacturing of Open Source Hardware designs, and has worked extensively with firms in the UK and USA, including Mirobot, MeeArm, OpenEnergyMonitor, GameDuino, WickedDevice and Nanode Design and Technology.
Toby specialises in the smaller production runs of up to 1000 pieces, and takes a project from the prototype stage to full production, and distribution to final customer. This includes liaison with pcb manufacturers, suppliers, surface mount assembly plants and shipping & logistics. Toby is fluent in English - having studied at University and started his career teaching at secondary school in English. This essential skill allows him to provide the bridge between the Shenzhen businesses and the Western Customers.
Toby is keen to gain first hand understanding of the hacker and maker communities in the West so that he can provide a service more tailored to their needs and expectations.
We are visiting Yorkshire on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July - staying in Hebden Bridge on the Saturday Night.
We would be interested in meeting up with anyone who is available that weekend - either Saturday evening or Sunday before lunch.