Bas van Abel, Founder of Fairphone, sustainable, ethical and open technology, #Empodera LIVE 2017

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Bas van Abel is a man who has passion for fields as different as they are fascinating: since his childhood he showed curiosity for the parts and mechanisms that constituted his everyday objects, his education brought him a great interest for the filosophy and his family trips generated him fondness for the different cultures and anthropology.

Thanks to these inclinations, his interest for electronics and his specialization in interaction design , Bas has developed a wide range of open design based projects. One of those projects is Fairphone, founded by him, the first mobile firm ethical with both environment and people. Their mobile phones are more sustainable, the materials used don’t come from conflict zones and they ensure and respect labour rights.  Furthermore, they offer a modular design that prevents obsolescency and allows a progressive improvement through the renovation of parts.

Prior to Fairphone, Bas was Head of Waag Society’s Open Design Lab, where he established Amsterdam’s FABLab, a community maker space, and initiated the Instructables Restaurant, the world’s first open source restaurant.

Follow the Project: @Fairphone

Follow him: @basvanabel

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