In the 2018 edition of the Mobile Social Congress, the first day will be dedicated to solutions from the social and solidarity economy for recycling and reusing electronic products. We’ll also hold a Restart Party, where a team of repairers will help registered participants lengthen the lives of their broken electronic devices.

In addition, we’ll talk about technological sovereignty from a feminist point of view, we’ll discuss how experiences and initiatives can be built to develop freedom, autonomy and social justice in technology. Along these lines, we’ll debate on the transformational capabilities of technological tools with open licences, and the role of women in this process. A specific workshop will provide clues on how to protect our security online.

We’ll interview Som Connexió to find out how the telecommunications services offered by this non-profit cooperative have evolved.

On the second day of the Mobile Social Congress, we’ll denounce the negative impacts of mining, a process essential to obtaining the raw materials for electronic devices. We’ll look at how it impacts the rights of women and the environmental rights of affected Latin American communities, through testimony from two activists from Bolivia and Ecuador. In a workshop, we’ll talk about the Congo and we’ll look at the role of civil society in the war over natural resources the country is experiencing.

In addition, regarding the working conditions at the factories producing electronics, we’ll focus especially on flagrant violations of safety rules regarding the use of toxic chemical products without adequate protection, and the serious impact this is having on workers’ health. We’ll talk about multiple petitions from civil society aimed at Samsung and Apple, some of which also address workers’ miserable wages and their lack of real freedom of association. A specific workshop will guide us through a campaign organized on the 10th anniversary of the production of iPhones in Foxconn’s Chinese factories.

The interview with the Scottish university consortium APUC will provide a glimpse of the work they’ve done together with Electronics Watch to improve the conditions at factories through public contracting.

This is the complete PROGRAM, including the different panels, interviews and workshops that will take place:



5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Film forum, discussion and snack time
Migrant Workers, DanWatch
Tournées, Israel González and Octavio Romano
Blame Game, Juan Solera and Albert Julià

Discussion: Octavio Romano (scriptwriter and producer) and Juan Solera (co-director)
Moderator: Sara Domínguez, Enginyeria Sense Fronteres / SETEM Catalunya


3:30 p.m. Welcome and overview of the electronics supply chain
Elena Romagosa, SETEM president

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Gender Inequality in the Electronics Industry
Isabella Szukits, Sudwind
Aneesh Manjunath, Cividep India
Núria Vergès, Donestech
Moderator: Mónica Vargas, Transnational Institute

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Voice of Workers: Freedom of Association
Short documentary: The Voice of Workers (
Aneesh Manjunath, Cividep India
Peter Pawlick, Electronics Watch
Patxi Fernández, former Amazon employee (CNT member)
Moderator: Esther Caballé, Fundació Pau i Solidaritat - CCOO Catalunya

WORKSHOPS: SALA PLATÓ (Prior registration required)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Urban Mining (Fairphone)
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Restart Party (Restarters)

WORKSHOPS: AULA I and AULA II (Prior registration required)

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ideató: (Pangea, Andròmines, Fundació Trinijove, Innoground)


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Socially Responsible Public Procurement
Carla Canal, Barcelona City Council
Michael McLaughlin, Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges, Scotland
Josefine Hintz, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
Moderator: Mercè Corretja, Public Procurement, Government of Catalonia

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Extractive Industry: Social and Environmental Impacts
Audio-visual report: Lithium Extraction (Danwatch)
Charlotte Christiaens, CATAPA
Terry Collingsworth, International Rights Advocates
Alfons Pérez, Observatori del deute en la globalització
Moderator: Santiago Sáez, Climática (La Marea magazine)

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Consumer Alternatives to ICTs - Towards a Fairer, More Democratic Model
Mireia Roura, eReuse
Ramón Roca,
Oriol Alfambra, Mensakas App
Moderator: Laia Tresserra, Opcions

* All panels will have simultaneous translation to English.