Lecture: China, from copycat to internet innovator

China, from copycat to internet innovatorOn March 3rd 2016 ChinaTalk’s Ed Sander will return to the University of Leuven for a guest lecture on digital innovation in China. During his previous lecture at the university in November 2015, Ed spoke about e-commerce and social media in China to an auditorium full of sinology students and alumni. This time the lecture will be held primarily for students of the faculty of industrial engineering, but is also open to other people interested in digital innovation in China.

In a lecture of 90 minutes Ed will explain how China has become an internet innovator that is already being copied by western internet companies. He will discuss how this sudden shift happened and what it means for the future. The lecture will include extensive cases on the popular Chinese chat app WeChat and the business model of Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi. Other examples of Chinese online innovation that Ed will present are Alibaba’s ecosystem and videosite YY.com. There wll of course also be time for questions from the audience.

Earlier this month Ed gave a short TED-style about the same topic for at the Chinese New Year’s Gala of the Association of Students and Scholars in the Netherlands, pictures of which are included in this e-mail. “An extremely enjoyable event”, Ed said, “But with only 15 minutes of time it was very compact and did not leave much room for detail. I’m looking forward to tell the story about China’s shift from copycat to an important global force in internet innovation in much greater detail.”

Date: March 3rd, 2016
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Location: University of Leuven, Campus Groep T – Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.
Cost: Attendance is free.


I would describe both the lecture delivered by Ed Sander and the topic of the evening as a whirlwind. Ed is bubbling with enthusiasm and energy to transfer his knowledge about the digital landscape in China. – Sinalumni

China, from copycat to internet innovator