Introducing: #repairables, prototype for our online platform

Last weekend we took part in UP London’s Hackathon at Imperial College, focused on the theme of resilience in urban environments. It was a great opportunity for us to start working on our future platform, connecting amateur and professional repairers with people in need of repairing the broken things in their lives. The idea is to create a platform drastically reducing the barriers to repair: distance, trust, flexibility, high cost, effective skill-matching. And allowing everyone to submit tips and recommendations for wonderful repairers out there. Read more about our concept for the platform, and get in touch with us if you want to support its development and help out. We need funds as well as talented developers to turn it into reality. Huge thanks to @mrchrisadams and @pmackay for all their help in prototyping with us.

Prototype with us

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This Friday, we will pitch our platform to the Urban Prototyping Hackathon at Imperial College. The themes of the UPLondon Festival really resonate with The Restart Project: sustainability, the city and entrepreneurship. The platform we are proposing is at the intersection of all three themes – our aim is to create a space for the urban crowd to generate its own bigdata about where to repair, which will feed a future economy of maintenance and repair.

Please read more about our concept, and if you are a have skills in the areas of coding, mapping, UX, gamification, and service design, why not come along and help us prototype something really game-changing? (And potentially help us win prize money!)

A day at the Market

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We had a fun, blustery day at Brixton Market – our first – on Easter Saturday. We have been keen to pop-up in a market, to promote repair “elsewhere”. Our idea is not to take business away from local repairers, but instead to encourage people to repair and reuse in a place where they are receptive to new ideas. So the Give and Take Day organised by Brixton Market was the perfect opportunity. Continue reading