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Restart Podcast Ep. 20: Maker culture in Shenzhen and sustainable design

Today we talk to David Li, founder of Open Innovation Lab, about maker culture in the city of Shenzhen: home to more than 4000 design firms.

Repair in school, around the world

We are seeing hints that electronics repair is spreading and proliferating in both primary and secondary school, in Europe and North America.

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Restart Radio: Sensing gadget failures and frustrations in Belgium

Consumer organisation Test-Achats in Belgium uses crowdsourcing to identify ‘hot-spots’ of consumer frustration and investigate the gadgets that keep breaking.

Restart @school session 4: Researching and getting organised for repair

We were encouraged to stress organisation, preparation and mindful disassembly with year 10 students at Archer Academy in London. Our game controller disassembly and reassembly session worked really well.

Stratford computer Fair

Restart Radio: The Past and Future of London’s Computer Fairs

A visit to Stratford Computer Fair reveals that face-to-face electronic repair and sales are not yet things of the past.

Student Restarters at Fieldston School

The Restart Podcast Ep. 19: High school repair and the next generation of Restarters

Today we head to the US, where a group of high-school students and teachers talk to us about an exciting project that began as a pop-up stall in a library.

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Restart Radio: Behind the Apple Genius Bar

Those who make it behind the Genius Bar are under legal obligation to not disclose information about Apple. Today we investigate the tech giant’s attitude to repair with the help of some anonymous ex-Geniuses and online forum Reddit.

Restart @school session 3: Safety and taking electronics apart

In our third session with Archer Academy students, we finally got hands-on with gadgets. But not before we took a couple moments to talk about safety.

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Restart Radio: The small but powerful Raspberry Pi

On the 14th of March, International ‘Pi Day’, Ugo is joined by Restart volunteer Ben Skidmore and Eben Upton, creator of the Raspberry Pi: a tiny and affordable computer that can be used to teach programming to children and adults, and gives new life to old hardware.

Restart @school session 2: Our stress, worker stress

How often do we connect our own predicament with those across the world? In Session 2 of our pilot enrichment project at Archer Academy, we tried to associate the stress we feel in our consumerist, status-focused society with that transferred to workers.

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Coming soon: David Li in conversation

Coming soon to Restart Radio: the view from Shenzhen on the future of electronics with David Li, director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.

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Restart Radio: Hoverboards and throw-away toys for ‘big kids’

When we grow up, we buy things for sensible reasons, and don’t lose get bored or lose interest with our ‘toys’… or so the story goes. But recent fads for personal mobility devices would suggest otherwise.

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Restarter Profile: Meet Halima

A tinkerer from a young age, Halima hosts workshops for women who want to learn to code. Find out more about how she got involved with the Restart Project.

How to find reliable commercial repairers?

We took the opportunity to research commercial repair businesses in East London to come up with initial criteria to help find reliable options

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Restart Podcast ep. 18: Gendered gadgets

We explore the qualities in our gadgets aimed at a particular gender. Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino talks to us about the history of gender-bias in kitchens and more. Technological gadgets, like people, are not always neutral.

Restart party host James Diamond at a Restart party in Hackney

Restart Party Host Profile: Meet James

James has been tinkering from a very young age, honing his skills on dodgy cars and motorbike engines before moving to electrical devices. He organises Restart Parties in Hackney, North London, alongside the Hackney Fixers.

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Restart @school session 1: The environmental impact of gadgets

We’ve started our ten-week enrichment project with Archer Academy students in north London. For our first session, we met the students and delved into what motivates us to take action.

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Restart Radio: The language of our gadgets

Our devices talk to us all the time. It is easy to forget that these blips, bleeps and bloops are not merely generated by the things themselves: they are designed by people. Today we talk to one of these people: Dougie Brown from Cassini Sound.

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Restart Radio: Saving whitegoods from waste

This week, Ugo is joined by Lawrence Carey from the Whitegoods Trade Association to explore solutions to the growing challenges faced by repair businesses.

Starting restart in schools

This month, we will begin a ten-session enrichment programme with students at the Archer Academy, a school in North London. We will start with a dive into why we need to change our relationship with electronic and get hands-on.