Lift, David Li: Solving IoT's E-Waste Problem with Open Hardware: a Shenzhen approach applied globally


With the growing access to cheap electronics (such as the Raspberry Pi Zero introduced at the end of 2015 at $5 a pop), the proliferation of IoT (Internet of Things) devices is inevitable and they will have increasingly sophisticated chips and shorter life span. This will potentially lead to a rapid increase of e-waste, which still ends up mostly in China but also increasingly in Africa. As Gartner predicted, over 50% of the 20 billions of these objects will come from startups founded in the next three years, which gives makers a prime position to help in shaping the ecosystem.