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April 18, 2007

New Life for Old Electronics on Earth Day, April 22

Sebastopol, CA: This Earth Day, April 22, makers will find new uses for abandoned electronics when Alameda County Computer Resource Center (ACCRC) and Make magazine kick off a three-part Earth Day extravaganza. On Earth Day, ACCRC and Make will be collecting any household electronics-including old projects, failed inventions, and half finished prototypes.

Once all of the electronics have been collected, a team of makers will work for 24 hours, April 28-29, to create new, amusing and quirky items. ACCRC will provide internet, sleeping quarters, food, and plenty of toys to aid makers in the quest for creating the ultimate new gadget.

The reused items will then be displayed at this year's Maker Faire; May 19-20 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, showcasing how a little innovation can make the old, new again.

ACCRC is located at 1501 East Shore Highway in Berkeley.

ACCRC is a 13-year old award winning electronics recycler. Their primary focus is computers and the charitable placement of F/OSS computers in the hands of those who do not have access. A secondary focus is on finding a re-use for everything else that comes in and they get a lot of stuff. ACCRC will be creating Silicon Death Valley at this year's Maker Faire.

Alameda County Computer Resource Center:
http://www.accrc.org/

Maker Faire Bay Area: May 19 & 20, 2007--San Mateo Fairgrounds:
http://makerfaire.com/

About Maker Faire:
Established by the tech-loving creators of the gloriously irreverent Make (www.makezine.com) and Craft (www.craftzine.com) magazines, Maker Faire is a family-friendly, hands-on event where hundreds of backyard inventors gather to share their fun projects, creative ideas and eye-popping creations. This year's Maker Faire will take place, May 19-20 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds.

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