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I am a computer scientist by education, currently being the product owner of a new innovative software solution in the automotive software development industry. I've studied in Germany and Australia where I also lived for one year. In 2010, I received a doctorate from University of Ulm on my research in the field of automotive software development. However, my interests go beyond automotive software. I am especially interested in web-based solutions and business models as well as fascinated by today's social networks. Lately, the Lean Startup virus caught me and now I am reading a lot about becoming an innovator and strengthening my skill in observing how things work and people behave, questioning, networking, experimenting.
I think this is an essential part of the way to do it: Most electronics equipment is (circuit boards, plastic covers) is anyways made from oil. Basically this technology should be combined with a suitable business model that rewards people to contribute to this system.
For example, think of bringing some e-waste to the gas station next time you need more fuel. Bringing the e-waste to gas stations is not a problem because you can normally easily transport the stuff in your car. And: gas stations are everywhere. So the idea is that you can get rid of your e-waste at gas stations which form the contact point for consumers. Depending on how much electronics they bring, they get a discount on their bill. This could be either by wheight of the e-waste (per kilo) or else. Combine this with some kind of "Payback-Card" reward system and people become aware how good they are at reducing e-waste. The collected e-waste can then be used to make oil out of it which is either to be sold at gas stations or the material for new electronic or plastic goods.