Starting Saturday, 26 September, Fairphone will showcase its latest smartphone at the London Design Festival. Their two-day pop-up event will be a hub of interactive workshops hosted by renowned industry players who are using design to change the way we connect to our products. This is the first UK opportunity to see and play with the device and to meet the people behind the social enterprise.
Designed to disrupt systems from the inside out
Founded in 2013, Fairphone is a social enterprise that wants to shake up the electronics industry by producing a mobile phone that makes social and environmental improvements throughout the electronics supply chain. Their latest product, the Fairphone 2, features an original modular design that reflects the organization’s ambitions for fairness.
Developed and engineered completely from the ground up, the Fairphone 2 uses innovative design to change the way products are made meanwhile building a new approach to the way people interact with their products. The smartphone has been designed to allow the organization to build stronger relationships with suppliers, as well as influence production processes and select more responsibly sourced components and materials. In addition, the modular architecture is easy to open and repair, resulting in a longer-lasting device that encourages owners to take more responsibility for keeping their phones in working order.
Pop-up space in London on 26 & 27 September; more to follow across Europe
Over the weekend of 26 and 27 September, Fairphone will host a hands-on display of the Fairphone 2 at Kwamecorp, the organization’s software partner. Inside Kwamecorp’s Impossible shop — dedicated to products with transparent supply chains — Fairphone’s pop-up space will give visitors the opportunity to disassemble the new phone, take part in workshops and gain new insights into the consumer electronics sector to understand the issues behind mobile phones.
In line with their social objectives, the Fairphone event will feature interactive workshops with The Restart Project, Seymour Powell and Kwamecorp, and a chance to hear from social business experts such as The Phone Co-op and Bethnal Green Ventures, plus a film screening and Q&A on the politics of campaigning with experts like Global Witness.
While this is the first time that the Fairphone 2 will be on display in the UK, the organization has already received high-profile exposure in London with the first edition Fairphone as a part of exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the London Design Museum.
The UK launch at the London Design Festival marks the kickoff of Fairphone’s Europe-wide tour. In the coming months, the Fairphone 2 will be on display at a number of events, including:
– Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week, 17-25 October
– Berlin, Heldenmarkt, 6-8 November
– Paris, December
Like the London event, this upcoming roadshow will feature hands-on demonstrations and workshops.
Fairphone 2 now available for pre-order
Pre-orders of the Fairphone 2 are currently in full swing through the organization’s online shop and will also be available for purchase in the UK through The Phone Co-op later this year. Fairphone is using a crowdfunding model to finance the production of its phones, and aims to sell 15,000 by the end of this month. The first phones will be produced in November and delivery is expected to start shortly after.