The workshop is designed for a maximum of 30 participants.

The workshop will include:

  • An introductory session outlining the challenges related to the sustainability of IoT and smart technologies.
  • A State-of-the-art showcase, involving discussions of repair as a solution to the issues addressed in the workshops goals, covering legal, social, technology and design perspectives.
  • An overview of the Right to Repair movement, its international manifestations, and specific country implementations.
  • Explorations of users’ engagement with sustainability and repair, examining its impact on IoT devices.
  • An introduction to the UK’s Repair Cafe culture, covering common principles, processes, and variants.
  • Group activities to critique the state-of-the-art repair concepts to generate a well-rounded critique of the repair landscape.
  • Participant redesign of a smart device, incorporating ideas generated from critiques generated in the previous activity, to enhance device repairability.
  • Discussions to refine and expand upon questions raised during the day. These refined questions will serve as the foundation for post-workshop plans and establish the key elements of a new research agenda focused on the repair of IoT devices. This collaborative effort will ensure a well-rounded perspective and a comprehensive approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities in IoT device repairability.