Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. The numbers are staggering. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.
But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.
Kyle Wiens, co-founder and CEO of iFixit
Kyle Wiens is the co-founder and CEO of iFixit, an online repair company internationally renowned for their free repair manuals for consumer electronics and gadgets. The company is also known for their “teardowns” of consumer devices. Launched out of his Cal Poly college dorm room in 2003, iFixit has now empowered upwards of 15 million people to repair their broken stuff. Kyle aims to reduce electronic waste by teaching people to repair their own gear and offers tools, parts, and a forum to discuss repairs.
In 2012, he started Dozuki, a software company that is revolutionizing online technical documentation.
Kyle is a board member of Softec, The Central Coast’s premier software and technology association. With over 2,000 members, Softec creates and promotes technology-themed events for enthusiasts of all ages to connect, network, educate and learn.
And Kyle is on the board of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. An organization that strives for the advancement of the theory and practice of Electronic Engineering.
He’s spoken widely on technical writing, cloud computing, self-repair, service documentation, and sustainable consumer electronics at forums like MacWorld, The Intelligent Content Conference, and more. He also regularly writes for media outlets, including The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Wired, TreeHugger and ifixit.org.
Kyle currently lives in San Luis Obispo, California where his business is located.
Jared Wimp, Electronics Recycling Technician, Garten Services
Jared Wimp is a lead technician at Garten Services Inc and oversees or runs departments related to the refurbishment, repair, and resale of used electronics. He comes from a background in IT and consulting services, which includes owning and operating his own business for 3 1/2 years. He is mostly self taught and has been hard at work with electronics and computers since the age of 11. Current hobbies include glass work, learning new skills, and exploring new places / trying new food.