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This lists public events related to Public Lab. Note: all times shown in Eastern Time Zone (GMT+5) To submit an event, email

The Public Lab nonprofit supports four types of events:

Annual Barnraising Held in Louisiana during the Fall of each year This is the closest thing we have to a Public Lab conference -- but with an emphasis on "doing stuff together" rather than just presenting/talking. In the spirit of bringing a community together to collectively raise a structure such as a barn, Public Lab comes together to develop tools, toolkits, supporting materials such as guides and tutorials, test the tools and develop new research directions and projects. Participants represent a wide range of interests from technologists and designers to social scientists and community organizers. Information on the 2013 barnraising can be found here:

Tool and Technique Barnraising New in 2014, held in different locations during the Spring of each year The Spring barnraising focuses specifically on the development of techniques and methods around a tool or issue. The 2014 Spring barnraising will be held in Massachusetts, but we encourage people to reach out to us with ideas about future topics/locations for Spring barnraisings.

Toolshed Raisings Toolshed raisings are a mini version of the barnraising, where participants come together over the course of either a full day or a two-day session, to focus on tool development or expansion of a topical research question. Toolshed raisings are typically held by local Public Lab chapters and are a way for collaborative work to happen in a physical setting.

Workshops and field sessions Workshops cover topics including hardware development and use, software development and use, data use for advocacy and organizing, local needs assessments, and place-based monitoring efforts. These meet-ups are a venue for local partners to present progress updates on ongoing work, recruit new participants, and troubleshoot technology and data management issues they face.