Going to China!
September 10th, 2014, Shanghai

A big thank you for having participated in Lift China 2014 and for making it such a great success! It was a real pleasure meeting you all. We really hope that you enjoyed the experience and left inspired and nurtured with new contacts and tools to help you further your ventures.


Download the Lift China 2014 official report.

Matthieu Cherubini, who led a masterclass on Designing Ethics in Future Autonomous Products during Lift China, compiled all his findings into a beautifully designed summary. Head to his website to read it all!

Lift and swissnex China are delighted to announce that the first biohackspace in China was created in Shenzhen, shortly after the Lift Makers Tour! Read more about it on our blog.

Read the first report from swissnex China on the conference.

Embark on the Lift Makers Tour journey with Dave Brown, Swiss entrepreneur and long-time lifter: all aboard!

Lift China Pictures

Find all of our pictures on our Flickr page. If you have taken pictures and would like to be featured, please send them our way!

Lift China 2014

Lift has organised the first Lift China in Shanghai in partnership with swissnex China. Lift China was the place for makers, artists, startups and pioneers alike to meet and make fruitful connections with our international community.

In 2014, we are looking east again, to the fantastic rise of the Shenzhen economy and the growing innovative power of Shanghai. From “made in China” to “made with China”, engineers, entrepreneurs and designers are creating a new marketplace where western startups and eastern manufacturers join forces to reinvent our technological daily life.


Lift China's Themes

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Find more information about Lift China's themes in our program!


Meet the speakers

We have offered inspirational, actionable and interactive experiences through talks, workshops and masterclasses led by the following amazing people:

David Li

Foreman and co-founder of XinCheJian, China's first hackerspace and co-founder of the think tank Hacked Matter

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Arthur Lok

Trainer and consultant, project director with the China Institute for Innovation

Emilie Tappolet

Swiss Designer and co-founder of apelab

Thomas Landrain

Co-founder of La Paillasse, one of the world's largest Do-it-yourself Biology labs

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Feng Gao

Co-founder of Open Data China, local ambassador of Open Knowledge Foundation in China

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Francesca Valsecchi

Researcher and Practitioner in the disciplines of Interaction and Communication Design

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Claudio Colucci

High-Flying Designer, founder of Claudio Colucci Design Agency in Tokyo and a studio in Paris

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Maria Beltrán

Interaction Designer and co-founder of apelab

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TH Schee

Co-founder of Code for Tomorrow Foundation Initiative

And still more coming soon!


Lift Interactive Design Exhibition

Curated by Yang Lei and in partnership with HEAD Geneva, Lift China exhibited the work from shiny representatives of the emerging digital creative scenes of Switzerland and China. Featuring 11 projects in total, the artists will explore the present frontiers of digital and physical creation. More information on our blog.



Lei Yang

Curator, cultural adviser, focused on curatorial research on urban future with deep interactions amongst digital art, information and technology


Venture Leaders startup competition

2 hours of pitchfest, 15 startups from Switzerland and China.

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More information on the startups in our program.


Lift Makers Tour

Discovery tour with Swiss and European makers in Shanghai and Shenzhen, led by David Li, co-founder of XinCheJian, China's first hackerspace, and the think tank Hacked Matter.

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Power Station of Art

Lift China was hosted in the beautiful building of the Power Station of Art.

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Our partners

Presenting partner

swissnex China


Editorial partners

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  • MakePlus logo
  • Haute école d'art et design de Genève
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Supporting partners

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Communication partner