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Skillsharing workshops, for and by women

Last week, our first women’s electronics repair workshop was a great success, thanks to the participation of 12 women of all ages and skill levels. We had an ex-professional repairer in our ranks, some born tinkerers and DIY types, and some who had never really had an opportunity to tinker.

Our workshop is named after Rosie the Riveter, so it was only natural that we talked about repair role models, what motivates us to learn more electronics repair.

Then we got tinkering. Opening iPhones was our “warm-up” exercise –

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and then we had a good 30-40 minutes of bodging.

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There seemed to be consensus that a womens-only space will not only help build confidence, it will be fun.

This was the first of a series of bi-monthly workshops – learn more on our Meetup. Each workshop will start with an activity facilitated by a volunteer but will very much focus on skill-sharing and discovery. And each workshop will end with some (risk) free repair and bodging.

The responsive was overwhelmingly positive. One participant wrote “Excellent workshop, no pressure, easily understandable, friendly, welcoming, informative.”

We left convinced that a handful of new women will volunteer at our Restart Parties.

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