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Countdown to Nov 11: What to expect at TechCrunch Shenzhen

The digital revolution has profoundly impacted our lives. Manufacturing, vehicle navigation, mechanical control, and other technologies driven by artificial intelligence (AI) have brought the unimaginable to life.

AI-driven manufacturing and 5G have given ways for the rise of the smart automobile industry. By 2020, the market size of China’s smart automobile industry is expected to exceed $100 billion RMB, or $14.5 billion USD. Over the next few years, traditional automobile manufacturers will remain leaders of the smart automobile industry, while tech giants that provide advanced voice interaction solutions and AI services and the innovative startups that develop various smart automobile-related applications and software services will become the “assistants” of automobile manufacturers. Cooperation among traditional automobile manufacturers, tech giants, and innovative startups will be essential in spurring innovation in the automobile industry.

Continued scientific development has also spurred innovation in the aerospace industry. The development of solar photovoltaic power plants has brought the concept of zero fuel aircraft one step closer to reality, while innovation in material sciences has produced new materials such as graphene and nanotubes that help improve the efficiency of aircraft wings by reducing aircraft weight. Meanwhile, fuel consumption and blockchain have increased transparency in the manufacturing process of aircraft parts. Equipped with 3D printing technology, AI-driven and highly automated “future factories” will simplify the highly specialized and complex manufacturing process of automobile parts.

Want to learn more about how the smart automobile and aerospace industries define the future of human transportation? By attending TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019, you will have the opportunity to hear from the executives of aircraft manufacturer Airbus China and automobile manufacturers BMW China, BYD Auto, Xpeng Motors, and WM Motor!


Phillipp Visotschnig

CFO of Airbus China

With 20 years of leadership experience across the aerospace value chain (Airbus / OEM, Tier1, and tier-2), Philipp is the CFO of Airbus China and is responsible for managing all financial aspects of Airbus’s commercial aircraft business, including its engineering, manufacturing, service, and innovation joint ventures in China. He is also responsible for leading and coordinating Airbus’s helicopter business as well as its defense and aerospace activities in China. He holds various executive and non-executive board positions at Airbus. At TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019, Philipp will share insights into the aerospace and defense industries, focusing especially on the drivers of innovation. Philipp looks forward to participating in conversations on technology-driven management change, restructuring, and transformation.


Peter Riedl

Vice President of BMW Group, Director of the China Technology Center

Starting his career in China, Peter joined BMW in 2006. He has held a number of management positions in the chassis, powertrain, and electronics departments of BMW and is committed to bringing innovation to BMW customers. As the Director of the China Technology Center, Peter is shaping the future of human transportation in China.


Dongsheng Yang

Head of Product of BYD Auto and President of the Automotive New Technology Research Institute

Dongsheng joined BYD in 2005 and has successively served as the Senior Engineer of BYD Automotive Engineering Research Institute, Vice Manager of the Chassis Department of the Automotive Engineering Research Institute, Senior Secretary of the President, and the General Manager of Product and Technology. He has accumulated significant work experience in vehicles, parts, control strategy, vehicle networking, and more.

In 2013, Dongsheng led the development of BYD’s smart internet connection system, DiLink. As the first open smart internet connection system in the automobile industry, DiLink was successfully applied to the new generation of BYD’s Tang, Qin, and other automobile models, which became the face of BYD and achieved great success in the Chinese market. Under Dongsheng’s leadership since 2015, the DiLink development team obtained 81 patents in the field of smart networks.



Dr. Hongdi Gu

Vice Chairman and President of Xpeng Motors

In March 2018, Dr. Gu joined Xiaopeng Motors as Vice Chairman and President and presided over the company’s strategy, finance, investment, and globalization teams. Prior to joining Xiaopeng Motors, Dr. Gu served as Chairman, Management Committee Member, and Global Strategy Advisory Committee Member of JPMorgan Asia Pacific Investment Bank. Dr. Gu joined JPMorgan in 2004 and held several leading positions in JPMorgan’s Investment Banking pision.

Before joining JPMorgan, Dr. Gu worked on global M&A; at Lehman Brothers in New York from 1998 to 2004. During his career as an investment banker, Dr. Gu provided strategic advice and services to many of the world’s leading enterprises and guided landmark transactions worth more than $200 billion USD. In the Chinese market, he once played an important role in facilitating Alibaba’s IPO and was deeply involved in capital financing, M&A; and/or corporate restructuring transactions of leading enterprises such as Xiaomi, Ctrip, Baidu, and Shanda Group.

Dr. Gu is Co-Chairman of the Asia Pacific Advisory Committee of JPMorgan, a member of the Greater China Advisory Committee of Yale School of Management, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Yale-China Association.

 What to expect at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019

Feng Yan

Partner & CTO of WM Motor

Yan was one of the youngest “post-80s” senior executives of SAIC Group and key pioneer of the Internet of Vehicles in China automotive industry. During his 10 years of working at SAIC, Yan was responsible for auto interconnectivity and digitization. He has a comprehensive understanding of the automotive business, automotive hardware and software. During his tenure as the Deputy CIO of SAIC Motor, he was the key developer and implementation leader of SAIC’s digital strategy and intelligent network strategy.

As one of the founders of Zebra Technology Co., Ltd (a joint venture between SAIC and Alibaba), Yan is one of the key players facilitated the Joint Venture negotiation which became a benchmark in automotive an internet industry. At Zebra Technologies, Yan was responsible for a perse portfolio including product design, software development, platform building, business operation, market branding, etc. Roewe RX5 Intelligent Network project was one of the most successful miracles for the Internet of Vehicles.

As the partner and CTO of WM Motor, Yan is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of all the intelligent network products. He has led a team of business and technology experts and developed a fully connected smart car system that has won extensive recognition in the industry and from users.


At TechCrunch Shenzhen, we will be having Emerge as a side stage to pe deep into emerging tech trends. Please follow us closely in this space as we roll out insights into these topics.

If you are interested in joining TechCrunch Shenzhen, as a TechNode Squared member, you will be offered a member price of * RMB 299 (standard price at RMB 1299) to attend TechCrunch Shenzhen from Nov 11-12. All you have to do is join our membership to be qualified for the ticket deal. Stay tuned for more Emerge at TechCrunch update at

*Please note that you need to become a member first to purchase the TC Shenzhen member pass.

Save the Date:

November 11-12, 2019




Shenzhen Software Industrial Base, Shenzhen Bay Venture Plaza ground floor

(The intersection of Baishi Road and Binhai Avenue, Xuefu Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China)

Member price at RMB299!

as a TechNode Squared member, you will be offered a member price of *RMB 299 (standard price at RMB 1299) to attend TechCrunch Shenzhen from Nov 11 -12. All you have to do is join our membership to be qualified for the ticket deal. Stay tuned for more Emerge at TechCrunch update at

Long press the QR code below to register for * TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019.

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Main Stage


Side Stage


In addition to the Main Stage, we will work with our partners to hold several side stage discussions such as “How Do We Make Sports More Fun? Tech!,” “Emerge by TechNode,” “Crossing Borders and Fueling Collaboration,” “New Media Marketing,” and the first Nanshan Intellectual Property Development Forum.

How Do We Make Sports More Fun? Tech!

Currently, China’s sports industry is rapidly developing due to a national trend for fitness, the government’s vigorous promotion, and the accelerated construction of sports venues. Rapid technological development has also spurred several developments in the sports industry. Innovative sports products and equipment, exercise and fitness, sports tourism, and sports training and events have become new areas for consumption growth. According to the national fitness plan issued by the State Council, it is estimated that China’s sports industry will be worth 1.5 trillion RMB by 2020.

At “How Do We Make Sports More Fun? Tech!,” Operator of IDG Asia Sports Industry Development Center and President of Lushi Technologies Bin Wen, Co-founder of New York Jiachuang Capital Yong Zhu, China Israel Chamber of Commerce Shenzhen Representative Jin You, CEO of Shenzhen Weisu Intelligent Technologies Shaoyi Yang, Founder of BalanceX Zhang Yuqi, Ximmerse Shenzhen Virtual Reality Jie He, and Chairman and General Manager of AI Motion Sports Yufan Wang will discuss the state of the global services industry, innovative products in various industries such as sports training, sports events, sports retail and sports equipment, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the sports industry.


At Emerge by TechNode , we will discuss in-depth emerging technology trends, and through professionals’ analysis of the cloud-based games, reshape the video game industry, mass customization in China––the next outlets for retail and manufacturing industries, and India-China opportunities and how will this relationship develop over the next 5 years.

Cloud games have the potential to revolutionize China’s gaming industry. China is one of the largest gaming markets in the world, with nearly 700 million users. In this forum, we invited Technical Director of Tencent Cloud Games Yu Yang and long-time analyst of Asia’s internet industry David Dai to discuss the biggest challenges and room for growth that face cloud games in China, including the current state of the internet, the launch of 5G, and the dynamic changes that cloud games can bring to the Chinese gaming industry.

In China, the Customer to Manufacturer (C2M) business model , which connects manufacturers and consumers to produce customized products at a lower price, is on the rise. Through cooperation among manufacturers, online retailers, consumer brands, and artificial intelligence companies, China’s mass customization will become a reality. Victor Tseng, Vice President of Corporate Development at Pinduoduo, and Dan Kong, Senior Investment Director of Beifeng Capital, will attend Emerge to discuss the current C2M landscape in China.

India is a much-coveted market for entrepreneurs of all stripes. While many Silicon Valley companies have done well there, Chinese companies over the past 3 years have actually made the most progress. From smartphones to smart apps, Chinese companies and entrepreneurs are paying more attention to the India market. Of course, this isn’t a one-way street: Indian entrepreneurs, like much of the developing world, are also looking to China for lessons on business model innovation. As the domestic market cools, many Chinese VCs are also eager to invest in Indian companies. So, what are the opportunities for China-India tech? What are the challenges? How will this relationship develop over the next 5 years?

Southeast Asia: Crossing Borders and Fueling Collaboration

In cooperation with TechCrunch, a well-known technology blog in the United States, Miaohui hopes to build a lasting platform for all participants to share and exchange their views and ideas. Miaohui hopes to work with relevant industry enterprises and experts to analyze the latest trends and difficulties of startups breaking into foreign markets, particularly Southeast Asia. At Crossing Borders and Fueling Collaboration Side Stage, we aim to increase the understanding of the foreign investment environment, the business environment, and legal system and prepare startups for expanding into Southeast Asia by examining why startups are trying to expand into Southeast Asia, analyzing the different environments, laws, and regulations in Southeast Asian countries, and providing in-depth analysis of experts and legal workers through a roundtable forum.

New Media Marketing in the 5G era

The 5G era is coming. 5G will not only change many aspects of our lives but also the development of most industries. Video has become the mainstream form of media communication, and the traditional media industry will undoubtedly change to adapt to this new development. Following the four traditional media platforms (newspaper, outdoor, radio, and television), new media is called “the fifth media.” The lines among communication, broadcasting, commerce, transportation and other fields are increasingly blurry.

As a result, people’s lifestyles have changed, and so have marketing tactics. To succeed in this era of new media, companies must invest in product promotion and marketing. At New Media Marketing side stage, Wei Zhao, CTO of Social Touch; Weijing Jiang, Executive Director of Manner; Jiajun Li, Founder of Hongdianzi; Shijie Huo, Author of Shuaping; Hong Jiang, Editor at LinkedIn; and Carri Yeung, Corporate Account Manager, APAC at Dragon Social will be there to discuss how media innovation is revolutionizing marketing practices.

Emerging Markets: Investment Opportunities

This side stage brings on a power-packed bunch of speakers from Southeast Asia, ranging from renowned VC/PEs to prominent Startups. The interactive side stage will include panels, conversations and live Q&A; sessions to engage attendees. We are honored to have Joe Zhang, Principal at TNB Aura, Donald Wihardja, Partner at Convergence Ventures, Chin Chao, CEO at Innoven Capital, Amy Zhao, Head of IR at Openspace Ventures, Eudora Wang, Senior Reporter at Deal Street Asia, David Jou, CEO at Pomelo, Travis Liu, Co-Founder & CEO at MagicWe, Linden Li, Co-Founder at GOBA TV, Ding Peng, Head of Singapore at CICC, Chris Tran, Founder/Head of Asia at North Ridge Partners, Kimiko, Founder of YellowBlocks, Charles Debonneuil, Founder & CEO at Intrepid Group(Co-Founder/ex-CMO of Lazada Group), Aaron Tan, Co-Founder at Carro, Louis Li, Founding Partner at Pacific Founder Venture.

We aim to strip away any myths of investing in new markets and sieve out the best practices to identify the right opportunities.

The First Nanshan Intellectual Property Development Forum

On September 15, 2018, the Nanshan Intellectual Property Alliance was officially established with the support of members from all walks of life. The Alliance’s members include more than 100 domestic intellectual property advantage enterprises and more than 50 intellectual property service institutions. More than 30 industry-leading intellectual property specialists will form three expert committees on intellectual property strategy, rights protection, and operation to create an open, persified, integrated, symbiotic, collaborative, and mutually beneficial intellectual property operation ecosystem.

In order to successfully develop Shenzhen into a model city that practices socialism with Chinese characteristics, Nanshan District Intellectual Property Joint Meeting and Nanshan Intellectual Property Alliance will jointly hold the “First Nanshan Intellectual Property Alliance Annual Meeting” at Shenzhen Software Industrial Base, Nanshan District, Shenzhen on November 11-12, and work with TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019 to foster technological innovation and develop fintech intellectual property rights, provide comprehensive intellectual property services for participating startups, influence all links of innovation and creation, and take the lead in the “two-zone driven” strategic demonstration of the Greater Bay Area and socialism with Chinese characteristics.

Startup Alley



Taking place November 11-12, TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019’s Startup Alley will bring together more than 250 startups specializing in smart hardware, 5G applications, healthcare, incubators, enterprise services, internet+, and intellectual property, from regions as perse as mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Israel. Winning startups from the Nanshan “Entrepreneurship Star” Competition sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government will also participate in Startup Alley.

A new 360-degree open workshop experience will be set up by HSBC, one of the large enterprise partners at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019, focusing on the hot topics such as “how to make sense of the RMB exchange rate’s fluctuation” and “cross-border financing and fund management.” At the workshop, we will discuss HSBC’s leading cross-border financial services, innovative digital financial solutions, strong global business network, and other resources offered to help high-tech enterprises to capitalize on business opportunities and create economic value. All participants who are interested in digital banking solutions and cross-border corporate financing are welcome to participate!

Smart Hardware

At this year’s Startup Alley, you can expect to see a plethora of smart hardware devices, including but not limited to smart AI translators, Beidou Fuxing mobile phones, heavy-duty unmanned helicopters, hovercrafts, ground effect vehicles, electric bicycles, power-assisted bicycles, smart electric toothbrushes, smart audio glasses, professional 8K panoramic cameras, 3D boundless screen masks, visual navigation and target recognition technologies, smart trash-sorting waste bins, 3D-printed sports shoes, lung biopsy surgical robots, and Narwal floor cleaning robots.

Startup Incubators

At this year’s Startup Alley, incubators such as Funwork, One Piece Work, Technology Temple, Brinc, Antarctic Circle, Chuangpai (Shenzhen) Technologies, Shenzhen Zhongchuang, Shenzhen Shanhu Group, Shenzhen Tus Aidi, and Beijing Anchuang Space Technologies will be displaying their incubation products and services.

Enterprise Services

At Startup Alley, we will learn about the emergence of enterprise service solutions such as unstructured AI platforms for smart and creative enterprises, Omnitech unified business platforms, Jingchen, one-stop enterprise activity and marketing management SaaS platforms, SaaS solutions for B2B digital marketing, and more.


At Startup Alley, you can expect to see the technological applications of hypersensitive complex protein enzymes, Lihe service systems, medical-grade drinking water dispensers, and more.

5G Applications

The 5G Massive MIMO antenna system will be on display at Startup Alley. Large scale MIMO could provide enhanced broadband services and other benefits in the future.

Rendezvous with top VCs at VC Meetup



To date, close to 1,000 top VC firms from China and abroad have attended VC Meetup, and approximately 10,000 startups have received investment offers. Among them, more than 10 quality startups such as My Kitchen, Friends’ Impressions, and Graphite Documents have received millions in financing from top Chinese VC firms. On top of that, more than 50 startups have successfully obtained financing before Pre-A round, and several foreign startups have received help on breaking into the Chinese market from VC firms. At TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019, over 100 top domestic and foreign VC firms, including Shenzhen Innovation Investment Group, ZhenFund, Huashan Capital, Jiuhe Ventures, DaChen Capital, Sino-American Economic Cooperation, Delian Capital, Qiming Venture Partners, and MindWorks Ventures will participate in VC Meetup.

VC Meetup is grateful for the support of Node Capital’s FA services. Node Capital has helped both startups and VC firms in areas such as financing preparation, finding suitable firms, financing guidance, and post-investment services. Node Capital not only integrates the networks of startups and VCs but also helps startups succeed at the next level based on years of experience.

At VC Meetup, we will find and interview entrepreneurs on their views on entrepreneurship. After selecting outstanding startups, we will report any progress and updates they have after TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019 through interviews, reports, and articles that will be published on TechCrunch’s home page, WeChat account, and Weibo. We hope that through VC Meetup, more entrepreneurs can win the favor of investors and become the next unicorn in China!

Event Time

November 11, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

November 12, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Long press the QR code below to register for TechCrunch Shenzhen VC Meetup.

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Hardware Battlefield

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Techcrunch's iconic"Hardware Battlefield" is back at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019. With the support from TechCrunch America, Hardware Battlefield will bring together start-ups from around the world that will compete to showcase their innovative products and services to many investors, media outlets (including TechCrunch America), entrepreneurs, and industry experts.

This year, the Top 9 teams from around the world will compete on Nov 11 at Techcrunch Shenzhen 2019 for the final round the next day. The top 4 finalists will battle it out on Nov 12 to win the ultimate title and the $25,000 cash prize!

VIP Dinner, Media Day and After Party

Media Day

Time: November 10, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: OnePiece Work

At Media Day, we will invite enterprises and partners to participate. The purpose of Media Day is to provide enterprises who plan to expand their business and partners who seek media exposure at home and abroad with the opportunity to communicate with TechCrunch and TechNode journalists, a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable venue, and an exquisite tea break––all to create the best possible environment for media interaction.

For any questions, comments, and/or concerns, please contact: Juan Wang at

VIP Dinner (Invitation only)

Time: November 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m. | Location: Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bay

Sponsored by HSBC, VIP Dinner will bring together industry leaders and top entrepreneurs in various fields. While tasting fine wine and other delicacies, industry leaders and top entrepreneurs can build and strengthen their professional relationships, promote cross-border cooperation, and create mutually beneficial business deals.

After Party

Time: November 11, 9:00 p.m. till late | Location: Baia Burger Concept, Sea World, Shekou

Co-organized with La French Tech, we invite all TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019 speakers, participants, attendees, exhibitors and entrepreneurs to join us at Baia to enjoy a night of casual and relaxing networking session. Happy hour deal will be available throughout the night with a guest DJ and a rooftop view.

Note: Admission only for those with TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019 passes.


Event Details

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2019 (All day) - Tuesday, November 12, 2019 (All day)
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