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Maker Faire Shenzhen 2016 Delayed by Typhoon Haima

Gareth Halfacree

Typhoon Haima, as tracked by Weather Underground

Maker Faire Shenzhen 2016, preparations for which we covered earlier this year, has been delayed for an entirely unforeseen reason: the untimely appearance of Typhoon Haima.

Taking place at the heart of the electronics world, Maker Fair Shenzhen has long been a jewel in the crown of the maker event calendar. This year's event promises to be an improvement on the last thanks to a new, more accessible location, but where last year's weather was a little too hot for comfort the shift to October - chosen for, as we wrote at the time, Shenzhen suposedly being "at its most accommodating weather-wise" - has brought with it a badly-timed typhoon.

Typhoon Haima was, at its strongest, a Category 5 storm with wind speeds of up to 165 miles per hour. Thankfully, most of its energy has been expended over open ocean, but as the storm made landfall it was still peaking at a Category 3 between 111 and 130 miles per hour. Now, though, it is beginning to peter out, dropping to Category 1 status (74-95 mph). Even as a Category 1 storm, though, Typhoon Haima has the potential to do significant damage, especially to the types of temporary structures you'll see around a Maker Faire event.

As a result, the organisers of Maker Faire Shenzhen have taken the decision to push the event back by two days. The ZAO Talks Form portion will now take place on Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of October, while the main event opens on Sunday the 23rd and runs to Monday the 24th. Those travelling to the area specifically for the event are advised to change their travel and accommodation bookings accordingly.

We have no choice but to dismantle and remove all the booths and set-up at the Maker Faire Shenzhen venue, suspend all activities on Friday and to re-build the scene on Saturday because the super strong typhoon Haima is heading to Shenzhen.


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