World Makers Forum values rural makers
A World Makers Forum (WMF) themed with “makers make better countryside” has been held in Kaihui town, Changsha county on Oct 20.
In the day-long event, more than 200 makers, entrepreneurs, investors and government officials from across China gathered at the town in Hunan province and brainstormed the opportunities for rural makers. It also displayed the achievements they have made so far.
During the forum, Liao Xiaoyi, head of Beijing Global Village Environmental Education Center, Chen Yuanyuan, principal of Tencent’s “We county” public welfare project and Pi Qing, chairman of Changsha Huirun International got the Countryside Makers Awards. The award is first of its kind in the nation.
Liu Xuanqi, the founder of WMF speaks during the forum in Kaihui town, Changsha, Oct 20. [Photo by Huang Qiqing / Changsha.cn]
The WMF was initiated by 27 makers in Kaihui town in March 2015. According to Liu Xuanqi, one of the founders, the Kaihui forum will mainly focus on the rural makers, promote the resource interconnection among the makers and discuss the innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities in the countryside.
“Kaihui in Chinese has the meaning of ‘opening the door to wisdom’, which is most needed in the maker movement,” said Liu.
Maker, or chuangke in Chinese is a group described by Premier Li Keqiang in his government work report in March, as "coming thick and fast". According to Li's report, the rise of China's makers is a result of government efforts to restructure industry to identify new drivers and boost the slowing economy. By using the word chuangke, makers have been marked out as more than just a creator, inventor or innovator. The word in Chinese has an entrepreneurial slant to it.
The WMF believes that the rural areas are the headstream of Chinese culture and have the largest space for makers. It aims to build a world class maker brand starting from the countryside.
Zhang Xiaofeng, the chief editor of Internet Plus National Strategic Action Roadmap delivers a speech during the World Makers Forum in Kaihui town, Changsha, Oct 20. [Photo by Huang Qiqing / Changsha.cn]
“The concept of countryside makers does not necessarily mean that it has to be a pure agriculture project. It is not entirely confined to the rural areas. It’s more like we start from the countryside and connect it with every aspect in the urban areas, so as to achieve urban-rural integration,” described Zhang Xiaofeng, an expert in the field of Internet Plus in his keynote speech during the forum.
Zhang added that it will be high time for young entrepreneurs and capital come to the countryside, when the Internet is fully integrated with the rural life and farming, and the bottlenecks of information, capital and technology no longer exist.
Chen Yuanyuan, the Tencent senior executive pointed out, “What the villages need most is neither money nor things, but people, especially the foregoers who can help boost rural development by connecting it with cities.”
Tencent Holdings Ltd, China's largest listed Internet company launched the “We county” Internet platform using its public welfare foundation in August, which offers more opportunities for makers to enter the countryside.
As of Oct 16, more than 500 villages nationwide have applied to join in the platform. In the meantime, more than 30 enterprises and individual partners have brought their projects onto the platform.
The 2015 World Makers Forum is held at Kaihui town, Changsha county in Changsha city, Hunan province, Oct 20. [Photo by Huang Qiqing / Changsha.cn]
By Zhang Qiong