Respond Festival

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Respond Festival

RESPOND Festival is an event to explore and share knowledge about state-of-the-art technologies for a sustainable future. The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide the framework for RESPOND. Vanessa’s talk about Designing for Meaningfulness in Future Smart Products aimed to address the UN Goal #12 of Responsible Consumption and Production, wherein Vanessa introduced where our newest gadgets come from – and introduced the audience to the raw materials inside of our gadgets such as batteries (cobalt), solder (cassiterite), vibration motors (tungsten), capacitors (tantalum), and semi-conductors (gold ore). She explained how our electronic waste is being processed and how we need to address the current ‘gadget craze’ and lack of awareness about electronic waste if we want to truly address the sustainability goals.

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