Register for James Walker's workshop
Learn more about how James has built a model for reusing computers through student tech education in low-income areas of Charlotte, and how you could start your own digital inclusion ecosystem. James teaches high school students how deconstruct and rebuild computers that they can use, building tech and leadership skills at the same time.

Before the workshop, you should view James’ 15 minute presentation from the recent INSS conference in Charlotte to learn the basics about his project:

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Agenda for workshop – 60 min
12pm: Introduction by Nicole Peterson, UNC Charlotte and the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS)
12:05pm: James Walker introduces his project, building on his previous presentation (
- Understanding social entrepreneurship and the transition to piloting new ideas
- Seeing digital inclusion as a social issue, including educational policies and issues related to this
- Setting up a pilot project at UNC Charlotte on device reuse, in terms of policies and practicalities (including security issues)
- Involving students through engaged scholarship
- Discussion: what kinds of research can be done to understand the impacts of sustainability on communities and student learning?
12:50pm: Questions and further discussion
1pm: End of workshop

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About James Walker
James Walker is the founder/CEO of Informative Technologies (, a sustainability startup building a circular economy for eWaste that drives digital inclusion and social mobility. From his headquarters at UNCC's Charlotte Research Institute, he has engaged faculty, students, and major nonprofits to engineer a scalable set of solutions to the planned obsolescence of technology that also enables communities to easily train their own constituents to rebuild and support donated devices. In since 2016, thousands of hours of federal grant-paid internship experiences were provided to at-risk youth in the Charlotte area through Informative's pilots with area secondary and trade schools, and in June 2017, the Department of State will engage Mr. Walker as one among 100 citizen diplomats in its Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship Program to meet with emerging European partners to pilot the concept internationally.

Mr. Walker has been a panelist an presenter at the NC Mission Critical Operations Conference (2017), as well as in UNCC's Engaged Scholarship Symposium (2017), the Society for Hispanic Engineering Professionals (2017), and the Summit for Social Good (2016). He also serves on the boards of several sustainability-focused organziations, from Charlotte-Mecklenberg County's Wipe Out Waste Ambassador Advisory Panel, to the AGR Foundation and Shalom Green. Aside from professional technology credentials, he holds a certificate in Six Sigma Process Improvement from USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and was a Computer Science undergraduate at North Carolina State University.

About INSS
The Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) works to encourage greater engagement with social aspects of sustainability in integrated sustainability efforts. At heart, we see sustainability as an integrated concept, rather than as separate environmental, economic, and social sustainabilities, in that each of these elements is inseparable from the others. Social elements remain underappreciated in this model, and we work for greater inclusion of these in planning and practice.
We do this by:
o Creating opportunities for dialogue and collaboration through conferences, working groups, and other opportunities
o Maintaining an online space for sharing resources and ideas
o Building connections among diverse people and groups struggling with sustainability-in-practice
You can learn more about us at
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