2016 Organizer's Summit (open to Public Lab organizers) will be Thursday, November 10th.
The 2016 Barnraising theme is "Inviting Collaboration"
Registration is open!
On This Page:
- About the Barnraising
- Important Travel Information
- Gearing Up
- Post Session Ideas
- Code of Conduct
- Further Logistics and Planning
- Packing list
- Staying on after
About the Barnraising
The Public Lab Annual Barnraising is the closest thing we have to a Public Lab conference -- but with an emphasis on "doing stuff together." It is an unparalleled, high bandwidth event where people from different regions exchange hard-won technical knowledge, tactics, and stories in person. At the Annual Barnraising, participants will:
- Improve social ties through in-person collaboration,
- Participate in in-depth exploration of local environmental issues and ongoing community research,
- Advance technical knowledge, and
- Work on projects such as environmental hardware and software prototyping.
**The Barnraising will begin on Friday, November 11th at 9:00am and run through Sunday at 12:00pm Most people come in on Thursday and stay with us Thursday night at LUMCON.
One page doc on the event: The_Public_Lab_2016_Barnraising!-Google_Docs.pdf
Dates to remember
- October 1st: Earlybird Registration closes, register before this date with the discount code EARLYBIRD for 30% off registration!
- November 1st: Registration for overnight Barnraisers will close this is for LUMCON housing purposes.
- November 8th: Registration for day trippers will close.
Event costs and discount options:
Basically, if you get yourself to New Orleans within the scheduled van time, we'll cover the rest -- shuttle transport out to (and back from) the field research station LUMCON, three meals a day plus snacks, and cost of lodging for all three days for $50.
- If you require a discounted registration to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Money should not keep you from attending this event.
Occasionally we are able to offer travel stipends for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. If you're looking for a travel stipend, please fill out this form. More information on travel stipends can be found here: BarnraisingStipendInfoSheet.pdf
IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
The event is hosted at LUMCON, two hours south of New Orleans. If you are planning on taking advantage of Public Lab's free shuttle to LUMCON you will need to arrive in New Orleans (at the airport, or in our meet-up spot in the Bywater) before 6:30 on Thursday (Wednesday for organizers) and plan on leaving LUMCON after 12:00 on Sunday No Public Lab transit will be offered after 6:30 on Friday or before 12 on Sunday. Flights out on Sunday need to be after 3:30 to take advantage of the free shuttle. If you plan on going or coming from LUMCON outside the scheduled shuttle time, you will need to arrange your own transportation.
Communications: We will be using the Public Lab Barnraising google group for communications on the event. Join below:
COMMITTEES: Committees are used during Barnraising to help with many tasks such as making sure we maintain a safe space, ensuring we have childcare and have things to do for people of all ages, and helping out with documenting the event. If you're interested in helping out, add your name to a committee of your choosing below.
FoodCom: This year LUMCON is doing all our lunches and dinners, so FoodCom will help with all breakfasts and snacks!
FunCom: Help with planning and initiating evening activities!
DocCom: Help to document and record content, sessions, ideas, and media from the Barnraising. Help produce The Barnraiser.
DotCom: Into social media? This one's for you! Help us tweet/ instagram /facebook /share out about the event!
CleanCom: Keeping our space clean is everyone's responsibility, but this group is in charge!
KidCom: Activities for youth and childcare for the young-ones.
BeerCom: Help to organize any alcohol people would like for the evenings over the course of the Barnraising. Make sure we're abiding by LUMCON's alcohol policy.
GearCom: Track down what people are planning on bringing and help to make a master list so we know what's coming!
Post session ideas below!
Editing the wiki and add your session ideas below:
Public Lab Code of Conduct
The Public Lab Code of Conduct applies to all spaces managed by the Public Lab community and non-profit, both online and in person. The ConductCom group helps to ensure that the Public Lab Code of Conduct is upheld at the event. (ConductCom members who will be at this event include Shannon Dosemagen, Klie Kliebert)
If you would like to have a confidential conversation, connect with ConductCom in person or email via email@example.com. To submit a report anonymously for review by ConductCom, go online via phone or computer to our anonymous “contact” app, located at http://bit.ly/PLReport. This contact app will be monitored daily at 8am CST during in-person events like Barnraisings and weekly at all other times. During multi-day in-person events hosted by the Public Lab non-profit, there will also be a physical suggestion box available. This box will be monitored throughout the event and can also be used to let us know if you need us to check on an anonymous online submission sooner.
Further Logistics and Planning
Housing The event is hosted at LUMCON, a beautiful research center on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico where the land meets the water. The facilities there are dorm style, so plan on having a roommate and a bunk (2-4 people). If dorm style housing is a concern for you or if you have housing questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childcare This is a family friendly event. Let us know if you're brining the kids and we'll do our best to plan for hosting them with you. email email@example.com.
Van Options If you're looking ride in a shuttle to Cocodrie, you need to be in New Orleans BEFORE 6:30pm Thursday (Wednesday for organizers summit) and plan on being back (or fly out) AFTER 3:30pm on Sunday.
Driving and ride-sharing Driving to LUMCON? That's great! Here are directions. Be sure to mention in your registration if you can take others!
Need to stay Sunday For those flying in from out of town, we recognize Sunday evening flights can be expensive. We have limited space to put people up for Sunday night. For those of you who need to stay, there is an additional housing cost of $25 on your registration. Again this space is limited so register early! We will be able to bring you to the airport on Monday. If you are staying in New Orleans past Sunday, you will need to find other accommodations and transportation.
Suggestions for staying after For those who are sticking around to explore more of the city, here are a few suggestions of accommodations to look into:
- The Frenchmen Hotel Centrally located in the historic French Quarter.
- The Blake Hotel A bit off the beaten path, but in between the French Quarter and Uptown, two great places to check out. Nothing too fancy, but comfortable and always has pretty good prices.
- The Royal St. Charles Hotel Easy access to transportation and reasonably priced.
- Checkout airbnb!
- India House Hostel Not in the main part of town, but right on Canal street which has an awesome streetcar you can ride downtown for (day pass for $3)
- The Atlas House Hostel in the French Quarter - could be a little rowdy!
Learn more about our past Barnraisings:
- 2016 Regional Barnraising, Val Verde, CA
- 2015 Barnraising: Cocodrie, Louisiana
- 2015 Midwest Regional Barnraising: Chicago, Illinois
- 2014 Barnrasing: Cocodrie, Louisiana
- 2014 Northeast Regional Barnraising: Plymouth, Massachusetts
- 2013 Barnraising: New Orleans, Louisiana
- 2012 Barnraising: Cocodrie, Louisiana
- 2011 Barnraising: Asheville, North Carolina
About Regional Barnraisings: The first Regional Barnraising was held in Spring, 2014 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This was a great way to draw new Public Labbers in, focus on regional issues and cater to people who are unable to travel to our yearly Barnraising in Louisiana.
Recognizing the growth of the Public Lab Midwest community, the second annual Regional Barnraising was held in the summer of 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Midwest projects such as hydrogen sulfide sensing, petcoke mapping and dust monitoring laid the groundwork for a fantastic and dynamic regional event.