New 'repair' platform brings devices and repairers together


Are you longing for your daily cup of freshly brewed coffee, but your vacuum cleaner is letting you down, even though there is more dust floating around the house than ever before? Or do you finally have some free time to repair that defective coffee machine, laptop or washing machine, but no idea how to do it?

Early May, three partners (Maakbaar Leuven, City of Leuven and Statik) will launch the digital platform RepairConnects that helps people in Leuven to repair defective appliances. The platform brings devices and repairers together and looks for a good 'match'. Together, you look for a suitable solution to repair the device: a video call, forwarding a usable video or via a - secure - exchange at home.

With the repair@home action, Maakbaar Leuven is already inviting citizens of Leuven to visualize their defective appliances or products. Repair knowledge - of any kind - is also welcome, we will need it to get everything repaired.

Repairconnects is an initiative of Maakbaar Leuven, City of Leuven and Statik and is part of the European project Sharepair, a project to reduce the ever growing electronic and electrical waste stream in Europe and to stimulate citizen repair. Leuven's ambition is to prevent 110 tonnes of waste annually.