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We can rebuild… we have the technology!

It feels like every week or so, a technology company is advertising the latest models of phones and computers. At the same time, it feels like our technology does not seem to last as long as it used to, and it seems like we live in a culture where it is easier to replace, rather than repair our electronics

This is where the Restart Project comes in.

Photo Credit: Heather Agyepong

Photo Credit: Mark Phillips

The Restart Project is helping us change the narrative around what we expect from our technology, by fighting for our Right to Repair, collecting data on how we use the technology we own, and giving consumers and users more options when it comes to repairing and refurbishing our old electronic devices!

Alongside this work, the Restart project has set up a network of repair workshops and community events, to help communities breathe new life into their devices, and help us learn skills to help us repair, rather than rebuy.

The Restart project was the winner of the 2023 European Prize for Citizen Science Award for Digital Communities, and in this IMPETUS interview, we talked to Ugo Vallauri, the Co-founder and Co-Director of The Restart Project.

We discuss the environmental impact of the throw-away economy surrounding electronics, how the Restart Project is helping communities learn new skills, and the activism they are doing to promote our Right to Repair.

Useful Links:

European Right to Repair Campaign:
Open Repair Alliance – Insights: – Restart online platform for community repair initiatives: