Please Visit Our New Web Site!

Thanks for visiting this site to learn more about the Illini Gadget Garage! The site you’re currently on is no longer being updated. Please visit our new web site at http://go.illinois.edu/illinigadgetgarage to read our latest posts, find out about upcoming events, etc. Our contact information and street address remain the same.

You may have received a postcard or other promotional material that has our old URL (for this site) on it. New items will be printed in the near future with the updated web address, and this site will be redirected to the new site. However, until all redirects are in place, we wanted to make sure you’re seeing the most up to date information.

Thanks! See you on the new site!

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Clean Those Gizmos!

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Join the Illini Gadget Garage at Champaign Public Library (Friends meeting room, 2nd floor) on Saturday, May 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 to learn how to bring new life into old electronics just with a bit of cleaning and TLC. A short presentation will demonstrate some of the simple ways that cleaning your devices can keep them functioning well and in use longer. After the presentation, we will have a workshop session where we can try out some of our newly learned cleaning processes on devices that you bring in. We will provide some useful household cleaning products to help scrub up those dingy devices.

Can’t make it? We will be presenting this again on June 9th. Check back for more details.

Celebrate Earth Day with the Illini Gadget Garage

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The most sustainable device you will ever own is the one you currently have.

Learn what you and others can do to help keep your devices working by learning to troubleshoot and repair them. Yes, YOU can do it. No, you don’t need experience, we’re here to help walk you through the troubleshooting process to figure out what’s wrong, what parts might need to be replaced, and how to replace them. If you can solve puzzles and read recipes, then you’re about 80 percent of the way ready to jump into repairing a phone or a laptop. The other 20 percent is a combination of patience, practice, and a willingness to learn.

At the Gadget Garage, we want to keep as many devices out of landfills as we can and that all starts with YOU.

Find us at the Champaign Public Library (Friends meeting room, second floor) on Saturday, April 21st from 1:30-4:00 PM for our (day-early) Earth Day event. Find out more from us about: battery, CD/DVD, and CD case recycling; where to take working electronics you no longer want; where to recycle non-functioning electronics in the CU area; where to find local repair shops for those of you who do not want to work on your own devices; etc. We have a lot of information to offer! Stop in and help us help the Earth.

And help you of course.

Because you love it when technology works like it’s supposed to. We all do.

Illini Gadget Garage at Champaign Public Library

igg-at-cplHave broken gadgets or questions about what we do? Find us in the Champaign Public Library’s Library Friends Conference Room this Saturday, March 10th from 1-3. If you have items you are interested in repairing, we encourage you to email us about the items ahead of time, so that we can do some preliminary research and can accommodate the time and tool constraints needed for the repair. Contact us at: illiniGadgetGarage@gmail.com

IGG Featured on Urbana Public Television’s “It’s All About U”

Thanks to Urbana Public Television (UPTV6) for visiting the Illini Gadget Garage recently and featuring us in the February 2018 edition of “It’s All About U,” a program that highlights events, services, and programs in the City of Urbana, IL. Host Natalie Kenny Marquez spoke to project coordinator and sustainability specialist from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), Joy Scrogum, and IGG staff members Madeleine Wolske and Amanda Elzbieciak. If you’re just learning about our project, haven’t had a chance to visit our workshop, or would like some ideas for how to get involved, check out the video clip below. (Note the bit on the IGG starts at 8:59.)

Gadget Garage Spring Update

This semester we will be focusing on pop-ups in and around the community to bring collaborative repair to you. Keep an eye on our social media pages, like Facebook and Twitter, to find out where we’ll be next. Due to limited staff and funding we have decided to scale back a bit and will not be holding open hours at our main location, but we are still here to assist you! We will be setting up appointments for those who cannot make it to pop-ups, or who need additional time to continue repairs started during pop-up events. Feel free to contact us via email or Facebook if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us. Also, if you like what we do, you can help support us by visiting http://wp.istc.illinois.edu/ilgadgetgarage/donate/donation-form/ .