Call for Participation

E-waste is the largest growing consumer waste stream in the world today, and proper recycling of e-waste remains difficult. E-waste devices contain many useful parts and components that could be scrapped and creatively integrated into new forms. These include highly expressive and useful materials like sensors, displays, micro-controllers, etc. that are often used across electronics projects.

This workshop will bring together a community interested in exploring creative processes of making with e-waste.

Our workshop will combine hands-on activities (tear downs, rapid prototyping, and tutorials) and discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating with wasted electronic material. Participants will also prototype projects by using e-waste parts, with support from workshop organizers and access to a lab space with tools. We invite researchers, practitioners, makers, and artists interested in reusing e-waste to join us for a day of creative unmaking & making. Participants are welcome to bring their own e-waste to tear down and reuse, but e-waste material will also be provided. Additionally, electronics experience/expertise is not needed to participate - all backgrounds are welcome!

Sign up via Creativity & Cognition 2024 registration

Fill out our pre-workshop survey for participants

For questions, email jasminelu [at] uchicago [dot] edu

Schedule (tentative)

9:00 - 9:30  Opening, introductions, and short tour
9:30 - 10:30  Tutorials: Safety, Scavenging Tips, and Reuse Demos
10:30 - 12:00  Hands-on teardowns and making PT 1
12:00 - 13:30  LUNCH BREAK
13:30 - 15:00  Hands-on teardowns and making PT 1
15:00 - 15:30  Documenting and Presenting Projects
15:30 - 16:00  Reflection & Discussion

Workshop is in person in Chicago at the Human Computer Integration Lab.