March 17 is such a fine spring day with warm & bright sunshine. It was just 3 days after the soft opening of x.factory, we had a visitor, Pavol Bujna, a maker from Slovakia.
Pavol contacted us on Facebook to ask about x.factory a few days earlier, and now he was at the front door of x.factory, with his luggage and a brilliant idea, seeking a place and resources to turn it into a prototype. He became the very first member of x.factory!
创立了自己的公司Grandpa Technology LTD
During his stay at x.factory, we got to know more about Pavol. A twenty something, who has travelled to dozens of countries globally and he has been making/working on his projects at the local maker spaces when he arrives at new places. What a Bohemian way of lifestyle!
He stayed in London for a while, and founded his own company, Grandpa Technology LTD. Previously, he has been working on a solar-charging bracelet project and put it onto Kickstarter for crowd-funding. However, it didn’t meet the goal unfortunately.
满足爱外出小伙伴“CHARGE AND GO”即充即走的期待。
A successful Kickstarter campaign seems to be a must-do in his heart. And this visit to Shenzhen is to accomplish the prototype of his new project: a wireless charging wallet. He named this project CHAARGO. Apart from the usual function of a wallet, it adopts the latest Qi 1.2 fast charge standard to provide the function of wireless charging, which meets the demand of those of you who would love to “CHARGE AND GO”.
In his 30-day stay at x.factory, Pavol visited dozens of factories, bought countless components online, worked overnight constantly. And he did MAKE it, from ideas to prototype in 30 days!
With his visa expiry approaching, Pavol left x.factory and flew to the Silicon Valley on April 14th, to prepare for the next voyage of his project CHAARGO.
CHAARGO的雏形（early prototype of CHAARGO）
通常晚上通宵造物的就Pavol一人(Pavol working overnight at x.factory)
Pavol绝对是个焊接高手(Pavol is a soldering master, no doubt!)
CHAARGO首个原型(prototype of CHAARGO)
And on May 27th, Pavol shared the latest update of his project: CHAARGO is now live on Kickstarter. We were all excited to hear this good news from across the pacific!
Please scan the QR code below or clikc "Ream more" botton at the end of this article to help support Pavol’s project CHAARGO on Kickstarter! Wish you have a successful campaign Pavol!
It seems this project perfectly interprets what x.factory has been striving to do: global makers + Shenzhen industries + agile manufacturing + crowd-funding. With the vision of building a community and connecting resources, helping global makers to fully utilize the resources in Shenzhen to grow fiercely！
Pavol跟Seeed Studio负责众筹社区运营的Molly交流相关经验(Pavol with Molly, Community Manager of Seeed Studio)
Looking back at the conversation with Pavol the days before he left for Silicon Valley, something about Shenzhen seems to touched his heart :)
The fast logistics
The convenient transportation especially the call-and-go Didi
The powerful WeChat Pay and Alipay
The magical HuaQiangBei electronic market
The Shenzhen speed
The efficient work style
He did mention in the conversation that all these elements make it possible for him to go from idea to prototype within 30 days!
离开前Pavol跟x.factory团队成员合影（Pavol with x.factory team）
Pavol took the early flights to San Francisco, and he gave us a hand-held stabilizer as a gift, hoping we can record more stories of makers and making in Shenzhen.
We are also looking forward to seeing more maker stories happening in x.factory! Stay tuned!