We created educational resources on the raw materials in electronics for use at community repair events. This leaflet and set of cards that match with commonly found components in electronics has proven really popular in the UK. We will continue to make them the centrepiece of our outreach.
**CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (27th March): We have made the decision to run Fixfest UK as a series of online only events.**
We’re super excited to announce the place and date of the second-ever Fixfest UK, in Glasgow on 20th June.
We’ve added south London borough Lambeth to our Repair Directory, and we’re getting ready to add more in the coming year, together with our London community. We’ve also made a change to reliability criteria for businesses.
With 2019 drawing to a close, we’re feeling reflective here at Restart. This year has been one of the best yet for repair, so let’s look back at some of the highlights from the last twelve months.
We hosted a celebration of International Repair Day event in Brixton at our home 3Space International House. It was the biggest event we’ve run in years. We wish every Restart Party could be like this!
Runder Tisch Reparatur (German Repair Round Table) ran such an inspiring global Fixfest in Berlin. The event embodied everything we’d hoped: DIY spirit, free programme and space for exchange, thought-provoking keynote speakers, and two “fringe” events (the Climate Strike march and a repair data dive).
Last month, on the invitation of Virtual School at Croydon Council, we worked with 15-20 asylum-seeking youth in a summer school. We created a short, 9-session curriculum based on the requests of the young people themselves. Students upgraded and earned their own laptop.
We’re really excited to participate in the second-ever global Fixfest in Berlin later this month. While many members of our network from Belgium, Italy, Norway, Sweden and here in the UK can fund their own travel, others cannot. Thanks to generous funding from the Shuttleworth Foundation, we’ve been able to sponsor a larger, global delegation to the event.