The Repair Café Experiment came about in response to the during the temporary closure of City of PAE Libraries to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ran from March through to August 2020 online using Zoom. The event has taken a new life of its own and will include a larger national audience. From 5th September 2020 Repair Café Experiment will now be sponsored and hosted by Makerspace Adelaide and called the Makerspace Experiment.
The Repair Café Experiment brought together repairers, makers and hacker coaches from around Australia in an online experiment that aimed to find ways not only support people at home. But also keep maker culture thriving in Australia even if you are not able to leave the house. Maybe even help you cultivate your new interest in electronics, 3D printing, computing, recycling, crafts, art, sewing, ITC
Find out how to repair, mend, make, hack or repurpose your things at home online with Australia’s awesome maker community! Every Saturday at 1 pm Adelaide, South Australia time (UTC/GMT +9:30 hours) on Zoom.
Classically, a repair café is an event in which people repair household electrical and mechanical devices, computers, bicycles, clothing, etc. They are generally organised by and for local residents. Repair cafés are held at a fixed location where tools are available and where people can learn to fix their broken goods with the help of skilled volunteers. PAE Libraries were set to launch our own Repair Café, based at the Parks Library.
However, with many in our community in self-isolation for COVID-19, the program can’t launch at this time. Yet, they are needed now more than ever as communities are at home and they need the self-confidence and self-sufficiency to not only repair but make better use of what they already have or would normally throw away. With an increased focus on making, reusing, repurposing and hacking things to make them more useful or just more fun.
The City of PAE Libraries have a diverse range of skilled staff, digital resources, connections and knowledge so we are able to facilitate people to meet in real-time online and create connections with community groups and individuals with a large range of skills, knowledge and experience.
An online program such as this requires new ways of thinking and a diverse group of people with a wide range of knowledge. So we reached out to many individuals and organisations to join us in this experiment, including:
- Makerspace Adelaide Inc.
- Hackerspace Adelaide Inc.
- Air-Stream Wireless Inc.
- and other craftspeople, tinkerers and repairers in our wonderful community.
Whats kinds of skills can you expect to find at the Repair Café Experiment.
- Sewing, darning and weaving
- Electronics, electrical and soldering
- Cosplay Prop Making
- Crochet and knotwork
- 3D Printing and CAD
- Arts and Crafts
- Computer Repairs
- General Repairs including household, woodworking and metalworking
- Coding, Arduino IDE, Python and Java, including Linux and Raspbian OS
- Wireless LAN Equipment WiFi, 802.11ac, Mikrotik os and Ubiquiti airos
- Robots and RC
- Painting, mosaic, jewellery making and Kintsugi
This project is also endorsed by Green Industries SA who are helping to develop the green economy in response to the demand for clean and green produce, and the reduction of emissions to air, water and soil from industry.