Ever having a thought to visit world tech giants such as Google or Facebook? Well, my experience was not visiting Google or Facebook, but I had a chance to visit China’s tech giant, Huawei, in Shenzhen. I got the invitation to visit the company along with its Global Analyst Summit. If we are talking about Huawei, we also must talk about Shenzhen. Why? Huawei’s history much or less aligning with the history of Shenzhen. Shenzhen also resemble Silicon Valley in its early days. The city has experiencing massive growth in the last 10 years. Various buildings, central performances, garden, and luxury apartments were built. In addition to Huawei, Shenzhen is also home to Foxconn, Apple based company.
Huawei occupies a total area of more than two square kilometers and consists of eight parts: the central administration, research and development center, test center, production center, logistics center, data center, training center, and Bai Cao Garden. Each section has its own architectural style and because of its massive size, the office resemble a university or a campus. The complex was built for six years. The buildings on campus is named after the letter, so there is a building A, building B, and so on.
One of the buildings that must be visited is building G which is R&D center. There various technology shown from its costumer based products to its carrier products. The visitors are shown what the future of technology and the opportunities Huawei creates. One of the example is Smart City which already applied in various cities all over the world. However, Indonesia is still slow with its potential and though the conversation has been circling around for a while, it is hard to grasp what is Smart City. And here in this building, I can see clearly what they mean as Smart City. Aside its far to the future tech, you can also see some of the products Huawei creates such as the brand new P8 and Talkband B2.
In addition to its technology-wise building, the complex also a home to its thousand of employees. There are apartments, cafeteria, sport center, and others. I was told that founder of Huawei, Ren Zhengfei, is very fond of philosophy and art. You can see the influence of art and related in building A or B where they have various paintings. You also should visit the lake which is famous for its black swan. During lunch hour, the lake is packed with lots of people taking pics and giving food to the fish and the swan. So that’s my experience visiting their office.