Why Hold a Public Lab Workshop?
This page is intended to gather tips on planning, running and ...
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This page is intended to gather tips on planning, running and following up on a Public Lab workshop.
Public Lab's workshops have multiple goals:
Fulfilling these goals simultaneously can be a challenge. This page is for sharing issues encountered in workshops, offering advice on developing a workshop and as a portal for how to guides for workshops on specific tools
Presently it seems that this depends on the stage of a tool's development. Workshop are useful when a tool is at least prototyped so that participants can learn how to make and use a prototype. If a tool is still in the early planning or proof of concept stage, a more informal meetup or hackathon might be useful to explore possible solutions and try to achieve a proof of concept prototype.
(i.e. workshops may be distinct from Barnraisings or hackathons which are intended to further develop the tool)
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It is very important to document workshops with photos and videos so that the results can be open sourced and shared with the Public Lab community.
Public Lab's goal is to bring together people with diverse skills and backgrounds to improve the quality of environmental health research. Therefore Public Lab often hosts workshops that include a range of people from different backgrounds. It is important to leverage that diversity of knowledge and not get stuck teaching to one knowledge group.
See many recent events, workshops, and meetups by looking for the "event" tag: http://publiclab.org/tag/event