Yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day. At our Restart Party in a community space in Euston only a couple of miles from one of Lovelace’s London residences, few participants knew who she was: one of the pioneers of computing.
We have run Restart Parties in universities before, but this project looks at helping to create a local team of Restarters. We are supported by the City University’s Green Dragons.
Access Space is much more than a computer refurbishing centre: it is the first making space we visit that spells out inclusion as a key priority for its activities.
This guest post is by Barcelona-based researcher Blanca Callén, who spent a week with The Restart Project. Read more about her ethnographic research on informal processing of electronic waste.
A journalist asked us the other day what our “best repairs” have been, and what makes us proudest about The Restart Project. The best repairs help participants lose their fear, or help volunteers realise how to help others.