Photo: © Afrogallonism / Serge Attukwei Clottey
We live in wasteful societies and even though digitization creates the space for the immaterial being, it also contributes to physical waste. With a range of formats from practical workshops, a documentary film and panel discussions we are going to address the topic of e-waste management, upcycling, the maker movement and digital manufacturing.
- Science & Education-Bridging the tech-divide by re:connecting makers, educators and developers from prime cities and peripheral hubs. The session sheds light on the misconception of center and periphery by collaborating across the country. Two teams produce a functioning machine in two different locations collaboratively, showcasing a case demonstration for co-creation and distributed manufacturing.
- Arts & Culture-Join Teresa Dillon (Professor of City Futures/Bristol) and Amanortey Kisseih (Accra/Vienna) for a conversation on how artists are producing 'urgent eco-critical stories' that reimagine repair and its associated cultures. Positioned within debates on degrowth, the Right to Repair and UN Sustainability Goals, the discussion draws on the documentary 'Welcome to Sodom’ (2018), which traces the lives of people working and living on the eWaste site at Agbogbloshie, Accra.
- Business & InnovationOver the last years, there has been a common depiction of the Old Fadama scrap yard in Accra, internationally better known as "Agbogbloshie" as a place of hazardous processing of E-Waste. Correlating to the panel discussion "Agbogbloshie: Discovering Value in E-Waste through Innovation", the exhibition aims to authentically showcase various activities on the scrap yard and highlight the potential discovered by Ghana's creative changemakers: a resource pool for social development and innovation.
- Science & Education-The E-Waste Lounge & Bar made with furniture and objects upcycled from E-Waste and a live jewelry creation from smelters and blacksmiths from Agbogbloshie will illustrate the craftsmanship and creativity of the scrap yard that is often overlooked. The lounge and bar will invite the participants to experience the potential from e-waste in a different way.
- Politics & Society-In response to the call of Pope Francis in his book Laudato Si (Care For Our Common Home), Caritas Ghana has set up very efficient collection of end-of-cycle waste of electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) for efficient and effective disposal. Mr. Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana together with his team, will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the functioning of the e-waste collection project in an open Q&A format.
- Business & Innovation-A panel discussion about the infamous Old Fadama Scrap Yard, commonly known as Agbogbloshie, and its potential as a resource pool for social development. The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation will invite a diverse group of stakeholders from backgrounds such as Innovation, Creation and Anthropology to discuss their different experiences in using E-Waste as a resource. They will controversially discuss future scenarios that promote digital solutions with social added value.