Computer science live: Fairphone

We began our Computer Science Live series during one of our ‘Systems Thinking & Hardware’ bootcamps in February 2016. This bootcamp taught 10-12 year olds how computers and mobile phones work as systems and what their designs mean in terms of sustainability, upgrades, user experience and sustainability.

We invited FairPhone, a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics, to help us teach our students about sustainable electronics, supply chains, and modular design. Kees Jongenburger, FairPhone’s software lead, guided students in dismantling the phones and identifying their main parts. Later, he talked about the importance of fair practices and explained FairPhone’s supply chain, from the mines in Congo where most of the minerals in the phones are sourced to the factories in China which assemble the phones.