Future Cities

Future Cities is part of a new documentary series from WIRED. It explores the technologies, trends, societies and ideas that are changing our world.

Episode 1 – Shenzhen: Silicon Valley of hardware

Episode 1 - Shenzhen: Silicon Valley of hardware

This first episode examines the unique manufacturing ecosystem that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware-prototyping culture whilst challenging misconceptions from the west. Diving deep into Shenzhen, China, the film looks at how the evolution of “Shanzhai” – or copycat manufacturing – has transformed traditional models of business, distribution and innovation, and asks what the rest of the world can learn from this so-called “Silicon Valley of hardware”.

Episode 2 – Holy Land: Startup Nations

Episode 2 - Holy Land: Startup Nations

The second episode of WIRED’s Future Cities series takes us inside one of the world’s biggest startup nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as The Startup Nation.

This documentary episode takes a look beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant, liberal tech epicentre to the wider Holy Land region – the Palestinian territories, where a parallel Startup Nation story is emerging in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli cybersecurity hub of Beersheba.

We will learn how the fertile innovation ecosystem of Silicon Wadi has evolved as a result of its unique political, geographical and cultural situation and explore the future challenges – and solutions – these nations are facing.

Future Cities
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  • Release date2016
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Jim Demuth
  • Production companyWIRED