3 Shenzhen Based Tech Firms Artists, Programmers & Filmmakers Should Know

Discover three hidden gems from the "Silicon Valley" of China that will help empower the creative within.


Shenzhen is considered the Silicon Valley of China. There are many digital technology firms based in the city that are expanding and selling their products overseas. Here are three famous firms where digital artists, programmers and filmmakers can get some of their tools from.

  1. 3 DJI

    DJI is most recognizable for its brand of drones, namely the Mavic and Phantom Series. Its aerial robots account for over 70% of the world’s sales of drones. It sells to civilians, corporations, militaries and governments alike.

    DJI was founded in Shenzhen in 2006 and makes nearly $3 billion USD a year. Even though it now has great success, it started with humble origins. In the beginning, future CEO Frank Wang was selling flight components out of his college dorm room. With investments and support from friends and family, he then created the most successful drone company in history.

    One of DJI’s other products is the Osmo Action, GoPro’s biggest competitor for action camera and gimbal sets.

    DJI is also known for its international robotics combat tournament.

    The Robomaster competition started between DJI employees then became a college competition. By the time the competition became public, DJI had introduced a commercial robot called the Robomaster S1.

    The Robomaster S1 comes with launch and laser features. It also has learning and practice modes to teach beginners how to code robots. This makes it popular with preteens and up.

    Nowadays, if you go to a store to buy a drone most of the options you see will be DJI models.

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