Elizabeth Chamberlain and Kyle Wiens of iFixit

Writer / San Luis Obispo, CA

Kyle, CEO of iFixit, has been traveling to developing countries, investigating what happens to our hardware after we dispose of it and getting to know people who repair that hardware, with simple tools and self-taught engineering know-how. Visiting the slums of Kibera, the electronics scrapyards of Delhi, and Cairo's infamous Garbage City, Kyle has been filming a documentary about these "fixers," brilliant repair experts in unlikely places. Kyle has written about his travels for a number of publications, including Wired and The Atlantic, and continues to write about repair, e-waste, and people who love to fix it themselves.

Elizabeth's interest in e-waste was sparked when, as a teenager, she learned about how groundwater can become contaminated with mercury and other poisons when people throw used electronics in the trash. In response, she founded a school club dedicated to encouraging companies and individuals to dispose properly of hazardous household waste, such as televisions, fluorescent light bulbs, and batteries. Having received an MA in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Elizabeth now writes for iFixit about repair, e-waste, and people who love to fix it themselves.

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