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Designing For The End of Life of IoT Objects

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  • Susan Lechelt - Organiser
  • Katerina Gorkovenko - Organiser
  • Luis Soares - Organiser
  • Chris Speed - Organiser
  • James Thorp - Organiser
  • Dr Michael Stead - Organiser


The Internet of Things (IoT) and ubiquitous computing are leading to an increase in objects with a short lifespan - either through breakage, “bricking” by the manufacturer, or discontinued use by the owner. This leads to a surplus of material and e-waste that cannot or is not readily recycled, upcycled or otherwise reused, aggravating material scarcity. In part, this is due to custom-built hardware, and use of unrecyclable materials. However, it is also due to the limited value people place on these objects (e.g., sentimental and environmental). This one-day workshop will explore how the configuration of values designed into IoT objects influences the end-user practices of disposal, recycling and upcycling. Through this lens, we will collectively consider potential design strategies that can be instilled during the process of design, to support the continuity of the material life of IoT objects after their “death”.

Event (Workshop)

TitleDesigning For The End of Life of IoT Objects
LocationDesigning Interactive Systems DIS 2020
Degree of recognitionInternational event