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Beyond fixing: taking apart and tinkering

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We’ve got an interesting couple of events planned for coming weeks, beyond the usual frenzy of activity of Restart Parties from Dalston to rural Wales, and our workshop to help others replicate our model.

We’re partnering with Fairphone at London Design Festival (September 19) and some friends to run some fun sessions at Mozilla Festival (October 25-27).

For London Design Festival, we’ll start by speaking alongside Friends of the Earth and on September 19, we’ll help Fairphone stage a tear-down of its prototype smartphone – you’ll have a live, guided tour through their ground-breaking device. (We’ll also be giving advice about how to get more out of your existing Android, iPhone or mobile.)

For Mozfest, after some sincere and constructive critiques last year, this year we have rolled up our sleeves and designed two fun sessions to encourage participants to think and create for longevity of our e-stuff. First, we’ve proposed a Fireside chat session called “Making software that won’t suck (the world’s resources)”. We still have space for another speaker, so please get in touch if you develop software – or upgrade hardware – and have stories to share. Second, we’ve proposed a Design Challenge called “Love Your E-stuff” where participants will bring kit to hack, liberate and mod their gadgets, which we hope will help them to keep it longer. If you would like to get involved, please write us.

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