TroubleMaker launches global E-membership solution for hardware developers

TroubleMaker is a community of hardware developers, engineers and supply chain managers in Shenzhen China. They help people who are developing products with realizing their goals by providing useful and actionable information, referrals and engineering services.

For the first time, you can tap into Shenzhen’s fertile hardware ecosystem from anywhere in the world! Access our community and get your ideas from prototyping to production line at world-beating speeds. Until recently, people had to physically come to China to become a TroubleMaker. From now on, everyone worldwide can sign-up and have direct access to all the knowledge and services of TroubleMaker from the comfort of their own chair.

E-membership is for start-ups and individuals that are currently not in China but want to tap into the valuable manufacturing and hardware development expertise of TroubleMaker’s community of engineers and makers. TroubleMaker e-membership includes the following:

  • Access decades of production and design experience in the “Silicon Valley of hardware”. Daily live Q&A sessions with engineers, designers, and developers with hands-on experience in China. These sessions are recorded and accessible for members to listen back on demand.
  • Wikifactory Pro account: Wikifactory is a revolutionary hardware development platform that significantly improves productivity for hardware developers the way how Github does this for software developers.
  • Mail order consolidation: Instead of paying 10 times shipping cost for 10 separate product samples from China, TroubleMaker can consolidate your shipments and then forward them to you. This service alone can save an active hardware developer hundreds of Dollars per month in shipping fees.
  • TroubleMaker venues and community. TroubleMaker is located right Smack in the middle of Huaqiangbei, the world’s largest electronics and components market. Members have workspace right on top of one of the market buildings and three laboratories equipped with everything needed to bring a product to life. They may attend seminars and take part in Shenzhen’s vibrant tech community.

There is in fact much more included. The e-membership service will officially launch on August 6th, 2019, and starting from the 17th of July the CEO of TroubleMaker, Henk Werner will host weekly live video events to connect to the community and raise the curtains bit by bit. During this period, early supporters can access unique services and prizes by inviting others to join the launch campaign.

About TroubleMaker

After three years, hundreds of members and over 15.000 visitors, TroubleMaker is firmly established as a dynamic, community-driven workspace in Shenzhen, the world’s most fertile hardware ecosystem. Its mission is to connect and empower like-minded entrepreneurs and hardware developers who support one another and create imaginative solutions that improve people’s lives.

Troublemakers Episode 1: Marvin, founder and CEO of Seenwater.

Marvin, CEO of Seenwater

Today we will meet the first of our many members and friends who make TroubleMaker a special place to be. Say hello to Marvin, or 韩怡 (Han Yi) in Chinese.  

Like most Troublemakers, Marvin’s path to tech entrepreneurship was unique, shaped by a desire to grow, innovate and improve people’s lives. Originally from the region around Chongqing city, Marvin got dual degrees in preclinical medicine and English language. Opportunities in a smaller Chinese city are often hard to come by, so he decided to move to Shenzhen to seek his fortune.

This illustrates part of what makes Shenzhen special. As a first-tier city and its strongest technology hub, it draws entrepreneurs and aspirational workers from all over China. Shenzhen is a migrant city that has sprung up almost overnight, going from a provincial township of 30.000 to megacity with over twelve million inhabitants in 20 years. As a result, it is probably the only large city in the world where asking people where they are from will almost always result in “somewhere else”. This melting pot character contributes to the city’s can-do, open-minded attitude. No matter where you come from, if you have ideas and are willing to work hard, Shenzhen will give you a chance to do something.

Ideas can come from the most unexpected places. During his first time in Shenzhen Marvin witnessed a tragic drowning accident at a public pool. Having volunteered as a lifeguard, Marvin knew that more could be done so he began to investigate the problem. In China’s hot summers, pools are popular and often overcrowded (locals jokingly refer to popular bathing spots as “dumpling soup”). Swimming isn’t commonly taught in schools and many lifeguards lack sufficient training. This led him to the realization that there was a great need for swimming safety in China that was not being met, and thus began the idea of the Baymini and Marvin’s company, Seenwater.

Product development in progress!

Founded just a year ago, Seenwater is developing innovative IoT devices that allow parents and safety staff to monitor swimmers and detect risky situations before tragedy strikes. The Baymini is an “anti-drowning” alarm designed for children. A transceiver connected to pressure sensors can sense if the wearer is sinking and will trigger sound and light alarms both at the wearer and at a parental monitoring unit if it senses a dangerous situation. It can also be triggered manually if the user is frightened or worried. Marvin hopes that the adoption of his invention will prevent swimming accidents and save lives.

Seenwater had a few struggles at the beginning, as startups often do, but Marvin received both personal and technical support from Henk “The Map” Werner. Henk, the current manager of TroubleMaker, volunteered to help out even though Marvin was a member of a different incubator at the time! Group swimming sessions were organized as both a social activity and and field-testing what would become the first iteration of the Baymini. When his contract ended, Marvin moved his company over to TroubleMaker. To use his his own words:

 “People at TroubleMaker share with each other, it feels more like a community than just a collection of start-ups. If you want to start something new and only have yourself to rely on, it’s easy to get lost, but if you have support you will get set straight.”

What’s next for Marvin and Seenwater? Well, he is currently working on new approaches to water safety, including monitoring cameras that can be installed in pools and drone surveillance systems that can patrol beaches. These systems are being trained to recognize the movements of a drowning swimmer. He’s reaching out to both public and private partners to get his innovations into customer’s hands and into to the pools and beaches of China, where they can start saving lives.

If you wish to get in touch with Marvin, you may reach him at:
[email protected]