Elume is a collection and tagging ecosystem for small IT devices that distinguishes between used products and electronic waste.
It culminates as a system that collects, identifies and detects e-waste, using consumer participation and tagging technology co-operatively.
In doing so, it tackles illegal transportation of e-waste and prevents harm to health and the environment in developing countries.
For this unique project, the RCA School of Design partnered with CERN in Geneva, birthplace of the World Wide Web and the Large Hadron Collider. Interdisciplinary teams (MA Service Design, MA Innovation Design Engineering, MA Global Innovation Design, MA Design Products, MA Intelligent Mobility, MA Fashion, MA Textiles) from across the RCA School of Design examined how innovative and disruptive technologies can help address the world’s most intractable challenges, by design.
We generated innovative approaches that exploit the most exciting technologies from CERN and beyond. We worked with CERN’s innovation hub IdeaSquare to apply design thinking and creative techniques to create concepts that can inspire the world’s most innovative businesses and governments to deliver truly impactful solutions.
The management of electronic waste in a fast-moving consumer electronics sector where the extraction of materials for manufacture, and the disposal are a long way from the ideals of a circular economy.
Explore the theme, identify some of the underlying causes of this challenge, determine the needs of the communities most affected by this issue and who the key stakeholders are that could help resolve this issue, with truly imaginative new approaches using CERN's technologies.
The Final Concept
A collection and tagging ecosystem for small IT devices that distinguishes between used products and electronic waste. It culminates as a system that collects, identifies and detects e-waste, using consumer participation and tagging technology co-operatively. In doing so, it tackles illegal transportation of e-waste and prevents harm to health and environment in developing countries.
Journey of electronic product
How might we differentiate e-waste from used electronic products and, in doing so, impede the flow of illegal transactions?
The Final Concept
After the research phase, we developed, prototyped and tested our concept. All within 4 weeks. In addition to a symposium on students solutions to an invited audience from the worlds of design, science, government and business, solutions and concepts from 74 groups, with 5 students per group, were presented in the Work-in-Progress show at the Royal College of Art in January 2019.