Presented by

  • Kyle Wiens

    Kyle Wiens

    Kyle Wiens is a software engineer and the CEO of iFixit, the repair community known for open source repair manuals and product teardowns. iFixit has empowered hundreds of millions of people to repair their broken stuff. Kyle led the international coalition that legalized Right to Repair, has testified before the US Copyright Office and the International Trade Commission, and he is involved in developing global environmental standards. Kyle regularly speaks on design for repair, service documentation, and the environmental impact of manufacturing. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Popular Mechanics, and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Kevin O'Reilly

    Kevin O'Reilly

    Kevin O'Reilly is a leader in the Right to Repair movement. As the Right to Repair campaign director at the Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG, he leads the group's work on medical and agricultural Right to Repair. Kevin's research has demonstrated how modern tractors are engineered to restrict independent repair, how dealership consolidation further erodes farmers' repair choices, and how Right to Repair would save U.S. farmers $4.2 billion per year. He has organized hundreds of farmers and medical repair technicians from all over the country to push for change at all levels of government, and worked closely with legislators at the state and federal level to develop and advance effective legislation. Most recently, he was a leader in the coalition that passed the country's first agricultural Right to Repair law in Colorado. Kevin's work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, Politico and more.


Right to repair advocates built a grassroots movement around a problem that everyone has. For free software to go mainstream, we need to reach people where they're at. Let's discuss strategies that will work for any social movement. What social movements have been effective, and why? What tactics have worked particularly well? When has the internet rabble been best activated to agitate for political change? What problems do people have with the technology in their lives? What small, incremental FOSS-friendly steps forward are possible now? The internet of things is made up of outdated linux distros riddled with vulnerabilities. How can we solve this? How can we incentivize hardware manufacturers to contribute to FOSS communities?