Illini Gadget Garage

Funded by the UI Student Sustainability Commitee (SSC), this project involves launching a collaborative repair center for student and staff owned electronic devices, in order to

  • extend the useful life of products
  • provide experiential learning for student through associated classes, volunteering, and participation in the iFixit Technical Writing Project; and
  • empower people to see do-it-yourself repair as a viable option for addressing minor damage and performance issues

See the Sustainable Electronics Campus Consortium page for updates and notes from consortium meetings focused on the Gadget Garage. The consortium is serving as an advisory group for the project. If you wish to become involved with the consortium, follow the instructions outlined on that page.

The Illini Gadget Garage is a collaboration of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, the UI School of Art and Design, and the School of Information Science (The iSchool at Illinois).

View the project web site at http://wp.istc.illinois.edu/ilgadgetgarage/ for current open hours and other information.

Courses that Interact with the Gadget Garage

Fall 2015

  • ARTD 591 PL (grad)/ARTD 391 PL (undergrad), taught by Professor William Bullock. Are you interested in working on a new campus initiative with others from engineering, industrial design, graphic design, architecture, and marketing (business and advertising) to establish the new Illini Gadget Garage? If so this class may be for you. See the course flyer for more information.
  • LIS 451 A4, Intro to Network Systems, taught by Dr. Martin Wolske. Hands-on introduction to technology systems for use in information environments. See the iSchool web site for more information.
  • LIS 490 IL, Informal Learning Spaces and Pedagogies, taught by Dr. Martin Wolske. Explores the design of space and pedagogy for informal learning in libraries, museums, and other public and private collaborative spaces. See the iSchool web site for more information.
If you're an instructor or Registered Student Organization representative who would like more information on becoming involved with the iFixit Technical Writing Project, please contact Joy Scrogum.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students and staff who enjoy tinkering and repair are welcome and needed to lead others through the process of troubleshooting and repairing problems with devices, both at the permanent location (SB3) and at pop-up clinics. If you are interested in learning more, fill our our contact form or send an email to illinigadgetgarage@gmail.com, and Madeleine Hall, the intrepid Gadget Garage Graduate Research Assistant, will contact you about becoming part of the Fixing Illini!

Thanks to staff & volunteers!

Fall 2015: Brad Irwin (graduate research assistant) & volunteers Anna Shustitzsky, Liz Morris, Henry Grob, Alec Gramm, Patrick Harrington, and Daniel Abosso.

Spring 2016: Madeleine Hall (graduate research assistant) & volunteers Patrick Harrington and Kate Butterworth.

Media coverage

Social Media

Twitter: @IlliniGadget
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IlliniGadgetGarage/

Sponsors

Anyone interested in donating funds to support the renovation of SB3 or operating costs for the Gadget Garage may use the University of Illinois Foundation form for SEI. Be sure to note "Illini Gadget Garage" in the "Comments or Other Instructions" field on the form. You may also contact Joy Scrogum regarding donations of funds, tools, or other items.

Sponsorship levels are:

  • Friend: $25-$99
  • Bronze: $100-$499
  • Silver: $500-$999
  • Gold: $1000-$2499
  • Diamond: $2500-$4999
  • Platinum: $5000 or more

See http://wp.istc.illinois.edu/ilgadgetgarage/donate/sponsors/ for a current list of project sponsors.