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26 Sep 16:59 5,509 views | Last edited by liz 25 days ago

Five points from Public Lab on starting a community-based technology development project:

Lots of people have expressed interest in using the Public Lab network as a platform to build a DIY environmental science tool. That's great -- it's one reason we started Public Lab in the first place -- and we've found this checklist to be a good starting point for such collaborations.

Staff support

Once you've completed the above, we're happy to help, but given our limited staff resources, we ask that you post a minimum of three research notes, and try to bring ten or more people together on a mailing list, at which point we can potentially provide the following:

  • Mentorship sit-down sessions
  • Listing your mailing list on the Public Lab mailing list page
  • Helping you grow your community through matchmaking
  • Assistance on joint fundraising for tutorials, tool assembly diagrams, videos, research supplies, community workshops and software for processing data from the hardware
  • coordination of bulk buys
  • Assistance with tool distribution and bulk mailing

Tags: community incubation