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Hacking blockchain, bike-rental and robotics at the TechCrunch Shenzhen Hackathon

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Shenzhen’s rainstorms didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of students, designers and coders from all over the world participating in the 2017 TechCrunch Shenzhen hackathon, co-hosted by TechNode.

In teams of 4 or 5, the participants took on challenges posed by sponsors Dianrong, Mobike, Meet Magento Association and Segway Robotics.

Dianrong is China’s premier peer-to-peer lending platform while Meet Magento is an association that connects businesses all over the world.

The teams got to the tasks right away and many came prepared with ideas.

They started testing a prototype early on, with makeshift canes and DIY fixtures.

“There are 1.3 million people with vision disabilities in China,” Zhang Junheng explained the pain point their team was trying to solve.

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