Fixfest UK unconference - Saturday, 6th Oct 2018
This is a space where participants of Fixfest UK, which takes place in Manchester on 6th October, can propose and request sessions for the unconference which will form the bulk of the programme for this year. The day will run from 10:00 registration and end at 18:00 with the plenary. Then move to a social in a local pub. The full programme will be posted soon!
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Help build the programme. Read on!
Everyone can contribute. You can add ideas to this document by clicking the edit button at the bottom of the page
How an unconference works
The whole point of an unconference is to break through the rigid structure of a regular conference allowing participants to collaboratively generate and deliver the content they want to see. The beauty of this is it can open up space for discussions and activities which might otherwise never have made it to the programme and which reflect the ideas, skills and interests of the participants. We want you to have fun and get creative with the Fixfest programme. Don’t be afraid to put forward ideas that might seem niche, or discussion topics that are tricky. We believe everyone has something to contribute so please don’t be afraid to share your ideas we’re a friendly bunch.
This year we have just one key theme and that’s hope - we figured we could all use a bit of it right now. Most sessions will fit into this theme because community repair is an inherently hopeful activity. So here are some ideas to help you drill down on what you’ve like to contribute:
Practical / how-to sessions
Collaboration / working together within groups, regions, nationwide & internationally
Activism / responding to policy and political change local, national & Brexit
Improving Community Repair Spaces / exploring best practices for creating safe inclusive learning spaces
45 mins for a discussion style workshop
1h30 for a practical workshop
Number of people
Session capacity will depend on the space you’re allocated (see below), however its good to be flexible. Try to plan a session that could be adapted to accommodate + or - 10 people. We definitely recommend recruiting a co-facilitator.
Materials and rooms
- All spaces have wifi
- The Cinema Room and Network Support Room have AV
- Makers Workshop has loads of tools, equipment and workbenches
- We can provide you will flipchart, pens and post-its galore!
There are no hard and fast rules for what makes a great session but whether it’s discussion-based or activity-based, make it interactive. Please go easy on slides with text - tell stories and show photos instead.
It’s important to record and share the insights of your workshops so participants have something to refer back to and people who couldn’t make it can still get something from it. So have a think about how you will document the session, perhaps you want to appoint a note-taker or record it on a phone.
Building an online repair community & tracking our impact - @james @neil
(Better) Restart Parties for neurodivergents and anyone lacking spoons - @Panda, @benski @Dave
Intro to Circuits and Building Circuit Boards @nikhita
Hope and repair (https://therestartproject.org/community/hopeful-repair/)
How to Set up a Community Reuse Enterprise @Sophie_Unwin
How to solder @benski(?)
The Right to Repair and International Repair Day @ugo, @isabel
Using media for repair education/ skillshare - radio, youtube, etc @isabel
Session(s) you would like to see - please add your ideas here:
Networking session for Fixers in the North & Midlands
How to solder
Addressing gender imbalance in electronics repair
Community repair in Brexit Britain
‘Right to Repair’ in Europe
Building a local network: schools, councils & commercial repair
How to tear down a smart phone
Collaborating with Hackspaces and Makerspaces
Safety and risk in community repair settings
Hosting Restart Parties/ Repair cafes - getting over nerves, sustaining momentum
Organising community repair in areas that are struggling economically
Avoiding organiser burnout
Using endoscopic cameras for fault detection
Celebrate International Repair Day on 20 October
Using media for repair education/ skillshare - radio, youtube, etc
How to grow you community repair group: managing increasing demand
Partnering with refugee and newcomer programmes
Mini-Restart Party - a chance to fix our own stuff at last!
If you could run any of the above workshops stick your name next to it