Laser Etching and Cutting

I'm not much of a 3D printing aficionado, simply because it still takes a long time to print and it's way to easy to misfire a print. In fact, setting a print overnight is almost guaranteed to mean that the next day I'll find something like this: On the flip side,...

10+ Great Resources for Making in Shenzhen

Visiting Shenzhen or working on a product? Check out these great resources for the maker community in Shenzhen!

Lab 0x0 Zero Makerspace in Shenzhen, China

One of Shenzhen's best makerspaces just got another revamp/new ownerships. Litchee Lab has become Lab Zero, as Lit Liao (廖丽婷), the owner, left to another project and the members have remade it into a collective space. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrWQ-ptVpnU It's...

Funny Memes and Cartoons about Making

I actually committed a grave sin, and started collecting these just for fun, so I don't have attributions for some of these. If an image below is yours and you'd like attribution, please contact me at rsymotiuk at gmail.com to add that for you. If you'd like an image...

The US is not a leader of makers

Last week, we posted a new video about the Warsaw, Poland maker community not being able to find a space. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwtLhsUd4Nc Poland isn't alone in failing to recognize and support makers. Check out this story below of a few folks complaining...

SnoCo Makers Expansion and Stuff

I got a new day job recently, so I've spent last week playing Metal Gear Solid instead of....most anything else. I did manage to get out of the house and spend some quality time at my local makerspace, SnoCo Makers. I took this awesome class on using the Xbox Kinect...

Huaqiangbei Maker Tour and the Amazing Jim

UPDATE: Jim and ABI moved to a new space in Buji: Opposite (across the street) of 下水径 subway C exit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MspeSHtnrp8&t=6s Before I moved to Seattle last fall, my friend Hans and I were doing free makerspace tours in Shenzhen. It was...

SEGMaker makerspace in Shenzhen

Last month, I revisited a favorite makerspace of mine, SEGMaker in Shenzhen. My friend Yee Ping is involved in running the space, and the coolest part is that it is in the SEG electronics market building. Watch the video here:...

In Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of Hardware

Hey guys, I'm currently in Shenzhen (though I took off to Thailand for Chinese New Year) to catch up with some maker friends. I did a little video here about my trip so far, with some tips for visiting Shenzhen....

Hanging with SnoCo Makerspace

I was really lucky to hang out at SnoCo Makerspace and talk to the founder. I'm not sure if it is because they are nonprofit, or have a lot of Boeing/aerospace folks, or they are outside of the dreaded Seattle Freeze zone, but they have been really friendly. I've...

With the help of the awesome maker community in Shenzhen, I led some cool maker tours in Shenzhen and am looking forward to going back soon!

For a HUGE master list of every “official” makerspace in Shenzhen, see our Google Sheet here.

You can also check a Google Map of makerspaces I’m working on here.

Hey! I live in Seattle! I made a list of all the makerspaces (and related) in the area that you can see HERE.

Hi there!

I’m Rose Symotiuk, aka the Renegade Maker. I got involved in the maker scene in the most backward way a few years ago. I was living in Shenzhen, China and I saw something online about a guy running Hacker Camps in Shenzhen. People would pay to fly in from all over the world to learn about electronics and stuff in Shenzhen.

I was doing a lot of freelance writing for a magazine called That’s PRD (the That’s publishing group is the largest English language magazine in China). So, I pitched following this group around for a day as an article.

After my article, I hung out fairly regularly with various makers and made some close friendships. I was running a small company called Love, Shenzhen that made maps and gave tours of Shenzhen, so I started helping my friend Hans give free tours of makerspaces in the city. The local government was funding over 100 spaces at the time, so we had a blast exploring all of them.

I recently moved to Seattle which has been a big change for me, after 7 years of living in China. I’ve gotten more involved in actual making, so you’ll see a lot of posts here about my projects and attending workshops. I’m hoping to organize Maker Tours overseas back to Shenzhen as well.