The makerspace was designed to be hands on, experimental and participatory. We ran a number of activity stations including ‘The Disassembly Line’ (a production line in reverse), where Cisco e-waste such as motherboards, LCD screens and fans were taken apart and reimagined into new projects.
In our ‘Machines Area’ we used prototyping equipment – including a 3D printer and laser cutter – within a real time production line to repurpose and reimagine e-waste materials. Here we took computer boards freshly stripped of their components, and cut them using the milling machine to create ‘new’ parts.
We used these new parts for our puzzle kits at the ‘Live Making’ station. The kits were a fun, hands-on making activity and gave delegates something to take away as their commitment to the circular economy.
Meanwhile, our ‘Collaborative IoT Sculpture’ displayed data visualisations of global and EU e-waste statistics to get visitors thinking about the global picture. Participants were also invited to add their creations to the sculpture, which became increasingly populated with electronic projects throughout the week.