Pop Ups!

Are you interested in learning about how to become a more empowered consumer and are you interested in technology? Would you like to learn tinkering skills that will serve you well throughout life?  If so, the Illini Gadget Garage is looking to mobilize its services and can come directly to you. Host a pop-up clinic–we can tailor our demonstrations and assistance to the needs of your organization.  At a pop-up clinic we can troubleshoot cell phone repair, laptop teardowns, solve software issues, or demonstrate how to solve a wide array of other issues. There is no need to worry about having the right tools or equipment, we are well stocked and all you need to do is show up.

In addition, we are open to helping all groups of people and you need not feel like you have to have prior experience with sustainability related topics. For example, on March 14th we set up a pop-up during Teenspace, an after school program for local middle and high school students. Our interactions with the adolescents helped foster a fun learning experience. Students not only worked with tools, but also learned about the accessibility of technology and the right to repair. Some students even stated that the experience made them, “want to work with technology one day.” There are many people around campus who have yet to decide on a career path and as technology is an emergent field, someone may find that they are naturally inclined towards it.

Our pop-up clinic service is free for on-campus entities thanks to funding from the Student Sustainability Committee.

Fill out the “Host a Pop-Up Clinic” online form to indicate your interest and to provide some basic information about your situation. We’ll be in touch for scheduling!

Tech Tuesdays!

So you have some faulty technology, but you have class or another commitment during our open hours, we understand and that is why we are hosting “Tech Tuesdays” at the UGL. Every Tuesday, from 6-9 PM, we will have one of our associates in the media commons. Feel free to bring your damaged device or discuss the issues that you may be having. If we can’t help you on the spot, we can at least advise you on the best course of action and you may find it worthwhile to bring your defective item to our Research Park location. Furthermore, this is a good opportunity to discuss volunteering options, for any of you that may be interested. Additionally, we are looking to add “pop ups” at other locations. If your organization is interested in having us, just fill out the following form, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xp8I4lK_CWeW8cM2PwqKkBhExyq0mvxkzJc_WtmvVDI/edit.  Don’t strain your budget or fill a landfill with harmful electronic waste, instead check us out on a “Tech Tuesday” and see what we have to offer!

Sustainability Celebration Repair Demos Needed

As mentioned in a previous post, the Illini Gadget Garage will have an information table at the upcoming Campus Sustainability Celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Alice Campbell Alumni Center Ballroom here on the UIUC campus, from 4 to 6 p.m. See the Facebook event for the celebration on the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE) Facebook page.

Besides being present to explain more about the project, we’re hoping to be able to sit down with a few folks during the event for “do-it-together” troubleshooting and repair so that celebration attendees can get a feel for how our process works.

So if you’re a student, faculty or staff member with plans to attend the celebration, you have a small electronic device or appliance that needs some repair or troubleshooting, and you don’t mind others observing work that’s done on your item, contact us at illinigadgetgarage@gmail.com to inquire about being part of a demonstration that day. We can only work with a couple of people on demonstration projects during the limited time of the event, and there are some space and other restrictions to consider, so email and provide some basic information on the device and issue you’re having. If we can’t accommodate you during the sustainability celebration, we’ll work with you to set up an alternative time for you to come into our physical location to work on your device.

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