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All events are open to the public. The Public Lab Code of Conduct applies to all spaces managed by the Public Lab community and non-profit, both online and in person.

Upcoming Events

Note: all times shown in Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5)

Read more about Public Lab events and event types in the sections below

Recently posted events

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Upcoming OpenHour on Particulate Matter Monitoring @stevie 8 days ago 7
Use Your Sensors: Oil Water Testing Event in New Orleans! @charlotte_clarke 4 months ago 1
Mycologycal Sovereignty Workshops @imvec 4 months ago 0
Taller construeix el teu microscopi @imvec 4 months ago 0
Oct 26: Reptiles at the Bayou - Halloween and Coastal Resoration @charlotte_clarke 4 months ago 3
Water sampling workshop with a "Mega-Coqui" kit with One Cranston @warren 5 months ago 3
Oct 4: MicroBrews meet-up at AS220 Food, Providence @warren 5 months ago 2
Public Lab Outreach Event - Jaipur @divyabaid16 6 months ago 11
Radical Infrastructure: Your First Physical Server @techlearningcollective 7 months ago 1
Event: Wisconsin Sand Sentinel Training @stevie 7 months ago 0
Introduction to Writing Your Own Website in HTML and CSS @techlearningcollective 7 months ago 2
People who work on soil- join us for methods jam this Tuesday! @DanielleS 10 months ago 0
Event: Frac Sand Mining Health Research Public Forum @stevie 11 months ago 1
OpenHour: Usability Feedback for PublicLab.org @warren 11 months ago 5
Do you do Soil Testing and Analysis? @DanielleS 11 months ago 1
Event: Clean Air Council + Delaware Riverkeeper Network @liz about 1 year ago 3
Taller de microscopio DIY en Barcelona @imvec about 1 year ago 0
Community microscope workshop Barcelona @imvec about 1 year ago 2
NYC Microscope Workshop, 12/15 at Fat Cat Fab Lab @Bronwen about 1 year ago 0
Our usb microscop design @luglimbe over 1 year ago 3
An hair with new design usb microscope @luglimbe over 1 year ago 0
Event: Oct 24, 2018 Crowdsourcing Stormwater Solutions at The Nature Conservancy @nwhysel over 1 year ago 2
5 Awesome Tech Moments at Open Hardware Summit #tech #opensource #Arduino #raspberrypi #diy #science @zengirl2 over 1 year ago 0
Software Freedom Day in NIT Hamirpur @souravirus over 1 year ago 9
Mesh PCB making workshop by Reacción @dbsnp over 1 year ago 1
SoC MeetUp at DTU @bansal_sidharth2996 over 1 year ago 16
iFarm Big Picture @cfastie over 1 year ago 0
Silvopasture @cfastie over 1 year ago 0
Water chestnut NRG @cfastie over 1 year ago 0
LEAFFEST aerials @cfastie over 1 year ago 1
2 cameras or not 2 cameras @cfastie over 1 year ago 2
Summerlab 2018: citizen investigation and civic use of technology @imvec over 1 year ago 1
LibrePlanet talk: Sharing strategies for welcoming newcomers into FLOSS projects: First-timers-only, list moderation, and more @warren over 1 year ago 2
Rain Barrel and Rain Gauge Build with 7th Ward Residents @stevie over 1 year ago 6
Bay Area Maker Faire! @stevie almost 2 years ago 0
Event: Mapping wetlands and algae blooms @stevie almost 2 years ago 1
All Summer of Code convening Live Call @liz almost 2 years ago 11
DIY Spectrometry Workshop in Lima, Peru @warren almost 2 years ago 0
Foldable Spectrometer workshop - Barcelona @imvec almost 2 years ago 0
PLANNING TO HOST AN EVENT? @stella almost 2 years ago 2
..... any potential aerosolar dreamers in Ljubljana? @AeroceneFoundation almost 2 years ago 0
Delhi Open source meetup at NSIT @tech4gt almost 2 years ago 13
RAILS GIRLS NAIROBI MEGA CODING EVENT @stella almost 2 years ago 12
Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI @gretchengehrke almost 2 years ago 5
Taller de investigación fluvial DIY @imvec about 2 years ago 0
Mentorship network meeting at CRASH Space @levisimons about 2 years ago 0
Local Environmental Action 2018 in Boston @warren about 2 years ago 0
Hack The Earth: 6th edition open call @imvec about 2 years ago 1
Conversation on decentralizing data storage and mesh networks @liz about 2 years ago 0
Plant air purifier in Paris, Feb 2, 3-6PM @nshapiro about 2 years ago 1
Convocatoria GAIMeC @imvec about 2 years ago 2
Formaldehyde Monitoring Open Call on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:00 pm ET @nshapiro about 2 years ago 1
Water Wise NOLA Rain Barrel Build! @stevie about 2 years ago 0
3er encuentro de Ciencia Ciudadana @imvec about 2 years ago 0
Host a Goal Setting Workshop @stevie over 2 years ago 1
Local Perspectives at Barnraising 2017 @a1ahna over 2 years ago 3
Best PLab demo ideas for a large group? @pdhixenbaugh over 2 years ago 5
Round-table discussion on the concept of citizen science @imvec over 2 years ago 0
Project Night: DIY Microscopes! @partsandcrafts over 2 years ago 4
Event sorting images from Harvey @stevie over 2 years ago 2
Learn to kite map a marsh: an October 21st workshop at Tidmarsh Farms @warren over 2 years ago 1
Request for kite/balloon mapping help at Tidmarsh Farms wetlands restoration in Plymouth MA @warren over 2 years ago 0
Join us at LEAFFEST 2017 @cfastie over 2 years ago 4
Ballon mapping workshop - University A Coruña @imvec over 2 years ago 0
Personal Reflections from Appalachia Barnraising 2017 @nanocaj over 2 years ago 1
Community Mapping in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana @stevie over 2 years ago 0
Photos from a kite mapping party in Somerville @warren over 2 years ago 0
July 12 event in Sheffield UK -- the changing face of expertise in the 21st C @liz over 2 years ago 0
U.S. EPA Community Webinar on Citizen Science Air Monitoring: Jun 7, 2017 @DavidMack over 2 years ago 0
How to Build a Specialty Phone Carriage @sdepolo over 2 years ago 0
Investigating Thermal Properties of Rooftops Using Aerial Mapping @sdepolo over 2 years ago 0
Aerial Mapping of Effects of a Water Diversion @section1group1 over 2 years ago 0
Aerial Mapping Project: Biodiversity Mapping of the Diamond Hitch Vicinity @alcmarfiller51 over 2 years ago 0
All the Shingle Ladies @section1bp over 2 years ago 1
Aerial Observation of North and South Facing Slope Ecologies @aerialmapping123 over 2 years ago 0
Mapping the Thacher Bioswale: Analyzing Erosion Patterns and Vegetation @section1group3 over 2 years ago 0
Last Annual Barnraising -- looking to the future @stevie almost 3 years ago 1
Aerial Mapping Projects in Environmental Science at The Thacher School @thacherenvisci almost 3 years ago 0
Kite mapping Barcelona @imvec almost 3 years ago 7
Hack The Earth 5th edition @imvec almost 3 years ago 1
NIR to NDVI @cherault almost 3 years ago 1
Frac sand hotspot testing and site survey @stevie almost 3 years ago 0
Next Saturday: Timelapse Kit workshop and Social Emergency Response Center in Somerville @warren almost 3 years ago 4
NYC Data Rescue working group meeting tonight @liz almost 3 years ago 1
TechRaking: Sensing the News @Matt_P about 3 years ago 0
EDGI FOIA event at CUNY in New York City & online @liz about 3 years ago 3
Envirodiy workshop Jan 26/27 2017 @neilh20 about 3 years ago 0
Chosing which camera to obtain data from @nnole about 3 years ago 4
A balloon mapping event at MPavilion (Melbourne, Australia) @AssemblePapers about 3 years ago 3
Intro al espectrómetro de Public Lab en la Bilbao Maker Faire @pablo over 3 years ago 2
Hack a camera to make you own DIY Near Infrared device @cindy_excites over 3 years ago 11
Document your hardware upgrades at Parts & Crafts Documentation Days - Oct 12 & 19 @warren over 3 years ago 3
Event: Citizen Science Gathering in West Virginia @liz over 3 years ago 0
Landfill leachate in Louisiana ditches? @eustatic over 3 years ago 3
Balloon Mapping in Berlin @clauds over 3 years ago 3
Public outreach for scientist @bvkiran over 3 years ago 0
Looking for New Orleans Pole Mappers @eloisereid over 3 years ago 0
Looking for New Orleans Pole Mappers @eloisereid over 3 years ago 1
Looking for New Orleans Pole Mappers @eloisereid over 3 years ago 2
Depth Sensor Build! @stevie almost 4 years ago 0
Some notes + updates from PhotosynQ @gbathree almost 4 years ago 1
Event in Eau Claire, WI @stevie almost 4 years ago 1
Rich Profile tags and improving the performance of Publiclab.org @Lalithr95 almost 4 years ago 3
Public Lab Workshop at the Sunview Luncheonette @Matej about 4 years ago 17
Native Plants Workshop THIS Saturday w/ Groundwork NOLA @klie about 4 years ago 0
barnraising images, Louisiana, Nov 2015 @marlokeno about 4 years ago 0
Fall delayed as LEAFFEST looms @cfastie over 4 years ago 0
Bluelight @gangrin over 4 years ago 0
Specter @Mica777 over 4 years ago 0
Taller de fotografía aérea en Madrid @pablo over 4 years ago 0
Rainbow Party at Assemble PGH @ephemeralwaves over 4 years ago 3
Oil Testing Kit Workshop at Art in Odd Places Festival @Matej over 4 years ago 0
Airhugger.org in Tonawonda @liz over 4 years ago 3
LOOKING FOR BURIED BODIES IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK @eymund over 4 years ago 1
LEAFFEST 2015 @cfastie over 4 years ago 1
Public Lab Boston/Somerville coding meetup @ Parts & Crafts @warren over 4 years ago 3
Summer of Maps Fellowship Presentation @seankmcginnis over 4 years ago 0
NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit @liz over 4 years ago 1
Western NY Community Based Science for Action Regional Workshop: Tonawanda, NY @liz over 4 years ago 1
Frac Sand Tools for Action Event! @stevie over 4 years ago 6
New Orleans Map Viewing Party @stevie over 4 years ago 1
Kitimat Mapping Workshop @ann over 4 years ago 2
DIY aerial photography: Kite-mapping workshop in London, UK @cindy_excites over 4 years ago 2
Prince George Mapping Workshop @ann over 4 years ago 12
Sweetwater Festival Mapping Workshop @ann over 4 years ago 0
June Mapping Picnic @stevie over 4 years ago 2
Thermal Fishing Bob Development Workshop on Northeastern's Campus @kgrevera over 4 years ago 2
Thermal Fishing Bob Development Workshop @kgrevera over 4 years ago 1
iFARM 2015 report @cfastie almost 5 years ago 4
New Orleans City Park Mapping @stevie almost 5 years ago 5
Bayou Bienvenue Mapping! @stevie almost 5 years ago 3
iFARM 2015 “Experiencing the Sensed Landscape” @dorncox almost 5 years ago 3
Thermal Fishing Bob Development Workshop @kgrevera almost 5 years ago 2
Prince Rupert Workshop: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping @ann almost 5 years ago 0
Smithers Workshop: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping @ann almost 5 years ago 0
5th Anniversary call for memories! @liz almost 5 years ago 36
Newtown Creek Workshop with Balloon Photography @nameiswillis almost 5 years ago 2
Talleres de Fotografía de bajo coste desde el aire en Madrid @pablo almost 5 years ago 2
Gulf Coast: Build your own spectrometer event! @stevie almost 5 years ago 0
Gulf Coast April Pole Mapping @stevie almost 5 years ago 3
A month-long series of webinars about sensor journalism @willie almost 5 years ago 2
Citizen Science Investigations on the Waterfront @liz about 5 years ago 0
GeoPhilly Balloon Mapping Workshop - April 22nd, 2015 @seankmcginnis about 5 years ago 0
Gulf Coast Spring Fling! @stevie about 5 years ago 3
New Orleans February Water Quality Meet-up @stevie about 5 years ago 0
January Water Quality Meet-Up Report @stevie about 5 years ago 0
Vancouver Workshop: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping, Crab Park, Burrard Inlet @ann about 5 years ago 9
New Orleans Training: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping @stevie about 5 years ago 8
New Orleans Water Quality Meet-up @stevie about 5 years ago 6
Gulf Coast 2015 Kickoff Party! @stevie about 5 years ago 4
Merry Mapping in New Orleans! @stevie about 5 years ago 1
Reproducibility @cfastie about 5 years ago 7
Vadi HaAsbestonim: Community Aerial Photography Event @hagitkeysar about 5 years ago 3
Newtown Creek Alliance public meeting @liz over 5 years ago 0
Edmonton Balloon and Kite Mapping Workshop @ann over 5 years ago 3
WATER HACKATHON SERIES #2: THE RIFFLE TRAINING @eustatic over 5 years ago 0
WATER HACKATHON SERIES #1: BRAINSTORM SESSION @eustatic over 5 years ago 2
The DustHack Report @stevie over 5 years ago 1
Report back on Creative Commons Sensor licensing workshop @liz over 5 years ago 0
Taller de fotos con globo en Barcelona @pablo over 5 years ago 2
DustHack Event Menomonie Wisconsin ! @stevie over 5 years ago 7
Last Minute Dead Horse Bay Expedition @Bronwen over 5 years ago 3
Public Lab workshops at International Conference of Crisis Mappers @liz over 5 years ago 7
Decolonized Skies at Apexart @liz over 5 years ago 0
Public Lab Holiday Party on Saturday, December 6 @Hudonnoodles over 5 years ago 25
GLAM Event @yvv over 5 years ago 6
Balloon Mapping & Raspberry Pi Workshop @ The Hacktory @seankmcginnis over 5 years ago 1
LEAFFEST 2014 accounting @cfastie over 5 years ago 6
World Maker Faire 2014 @liz over 5 years ago 3
New Orleans: Urban Restoration Mapping BLITZ! @stevie over 5 years ago 13
Sneak Peak Balloon/Kite Photography Event @nicholas over 5 years ago 1
The LEAFFEST Line @cfastie over 5 years ago 2
SE Regional Meeting of the Amer. Chem. Soc. @JSummers over 5 years ago 2
Atlanta Maker Faire @JSummers over 5 years ago 1
New Orleans Training Event! @stevie over 5 years ago 3
L E A F F E S T @cfastie over 5 years ago 4
A non-maker's take on the Picayune Make :) @stevie over 5 years ago 1
Picayune Make Meeting Notes for 16 August 2014 @danbeavers over 5 years ago 2
Goal-Setting for Upcoming GLAM Event @yvv over 5 years ago 1
GLAM and Gowanus Canal Conservancy Goal Setting Meeting @Bronwen over 5 years ago 0
Philadelphia Night Market Balloon Flight @seankmcginnis over 5 years ago 0
Picayune Make event @danbeavers over 5 years ago 1
Philadelphia Night Market and the Department of Making and Doing @seankmcginnis over 5 years ago 0
OpenHour NYC IRL @liz over 5 years ago 0
Recap: July 31 New Orleans oil testing meetup @stevie over 5 years ago 24
Northshore Staten Island mapstitching event! @liz over 5 years ago 5
Brainstorm a Family Hackerspace! @kgradow1 over 5 years ago 2
Open Hour on Water Quality, Monday July 21, 8pm @donblair over 5 years ago 5
Water Quality Workshop July 12th @ MIT Media Lab @donblair over 5 years ago 1
A New Orleans Event @stevie over 5 years ago 4
Kite Mapping on the Kill Van Kull @melissachecker over 5 years ago 1
Join us for the Raritan Bay Festival Kite / Balloon mapping! Saturday June 28th, Staten Island @gwirth over 5 years ago 0
NE Barnraising 2014 @cfastie over 5 years ago 1
NE Organizers Summit @cfastie over 5 years ago 1
Come try spectrometry at Science Hack Day @liz almost 6 years ago 0
iFarm aeries @cfastie almost 6 years ago 1
iFarm tour @cfastie almost 6 years ago 1
iFarm tech talks @cfastie almost 6 years ago 0
iFarm UAV Field Day @cfastie almost 6 years ago 0
iFARM 2014 @dorncox almost 6 years ago 3
Event--Civic Science and the Gowanus @liz almost 6 years ago 0
Prospect Park spring mapping project @liz almost 6 years ago 1
Staten Island North Shore meets with GLAM @liz almost 6 years ago 0
EcoHack NYC May 9-10 @liz almost 6 years ago 0
EcoHack in four global locations @liz almost 6 years ago 0
LIVE BROADCAST: "Water Quality Primer + Data Visualization Sprint" @donblair almost 6 years ago 0
Northeast Tool-focused Barnraising: June 6-8, 2014 @Hudonnoodles almost 6 years ago 1
Invitation to Friends and Family Day-Flushing Bay-May 10 @carmelfromson almost 6 years ago 6
Earth Journalism Network Kite Mapping Workshop @willie almost 6 years ago 3
Hope in Bloom in the Southside of Williamsburg! @AnushaV almost 6 years ago 1
Kite mapping in Far Rockaway, Queens @jenmansta almost 6 years ago 3
Union Square MBTA Mapping @kgradow1 almost 6 years ago 2
Jornada de documentación y exploración colectiva del territorio @7enproceso almost 6 years ago 0
EcoHack is back, and this time it’s global! May 9th & 10th @liz almost 6 years ago 0
Workshop: spec-tacular @liz almost 6 years ago 4
Ignite Philly 13 @seankmcginnis about 6 years ago 0
Local Environmental Action 2014 @bessbl about 6 years ago 1
Hackerspace.sg meetup @liz about 6 years ago 0
Hong Kong Open Source Meetup @liz about 6 years ago 0
Report back from "Making a Difference" Asia @liz about 6 years ago 0
Public Lab 'Open Water Hackathon' @ Amherst College @donblair about 6 years ago 1
OpenBuoy.net , a low cost open source research vessel @Sebastian about 6 years ago 0
Public Mapping Mission - Newtown Creek @nicholas about 6 years ago 3
Public Lab Boston-area Toolshed Raising @ Parts & Crafts @Hudonnoodles over 6 years ago 1
Public Mapping Mission @nicholas over 6 years ago 0
Balloon Mapping Presentation & Demonstration - Burlington County GIS Day @seankmcginnis over 6 years ago 0
Rulers Bar Island Wetland mapping @gwirth over 6 years ago 0
Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle Signage Unveiling and Press Conference @eustatic over 6 years ago 0
Nov 16th Saturday wetlands planting (and mapping) @eustatic over 6 years ago 0
Sneak Peak Balloon Mapping at Freshkills Park @nicholas over 6 years ago 0
Biohavens in Bonnabel --Kite Map of Wetlands Restoration 2nd October @eustatic over 6 years ago 1
Public Lab sessions @ Mozfest, Oct 25-7 2013 @warren over 6 years ago 1
Classifying Trapa @cfastie over 6 years ago 5
Trapa detection @cfastie over 6 years ago 8
Lake Warner Workflow @cfastie over 6 years ago 3
WATERCHESTNUT Big Picture @cfastie over 6 years ago 17
ITP Camp @ Fresh Kills @nicholas over 6 years ago 0
June 1 Sensor Journalism Conference at Columbia University @liz over 6 years ago 0
Public Lab NorCal Meet Up - Cloverleaf Farmstand, Davis, CA @MicheleTobias over 6 years ago 1
Jamaica Bay Mapping -- Rescheduled to Saturday June 1st! @gwirth almost 7 years ago 1
Bienvenue Restoration flight / visit @eustatic almost 7 years ago 7
Pontchartrain Restoration @eustatic almost 7 years ago 0
Kite Club Pontchartrain @eustatic almost 7 years ago 0
Aerial Mapping workshop Triennale Milano @Costantino almost 7 years ago 0
Public Lab NorCal Meetup Fort Mason San Francisco CA @patcoyle almost 7 years ago 0
June 2 Science Hack Day NYC: balloon mapping workshop @liz almost 7 years ago 0
May 12 BOSSLAB Hackathon + DIY Spectrometry @warren almost 7 years ago 0
San Francisco Mapping Meetup Saturday May 4th @gonzoearth almost 7 years ago 1
Middlebury Meetup @cfastie almost 7 years ago 0
Middlebury Meetup April 30 @cfastie almost 7 years ago 0
May 4 IdeasCity Speechbusters "Earth Observation Systems" with Nina Ilieva @liz almost 7 years ago 0
May 4 IdeasCity with Kickstarter! @liz almost 7 years ago 0
May 4th Pier 42 Balloon Mapping! @veroacosta almost 7 years ago 0
iFarm (Imaging For Agricultural Research and Management) field day @dorncox almost 7 years ago 2
Kite / Balloon Map of BP memorial demonstration in Artillery Park (wear black) @eustatic almost 7 years ago 0
Screening of short film on Public Lab on April 19 @warren almost 7 years ago 0
Thursday Apr. 18th balloon mapping at the Cordova @warren almost 7 years ago 0
Weeks Bay Kite Training @eustatic almost 7 years ago 4
May 11 data collection workshop @liz almost 7 years ago 0
Public Lab/open spectrometry presentation @warren almost 7 years ago 0
DIY Aerial Imaging + Map Knitting workshop at Pratt Institute @Pratt_GI almost 7 years ago 0
Prospect Park Lookout Hill crew @liz almost 7 years ago 0
Vermont Winter Festival, Viewed from a Kite String @KalynRosenberg almost 7 years ago 2
Boston PLOTS -- Meetup Synopsis for 2/20 @Hudonnoodles almost 7 years ago 0
NYC 2013 kickoff meeting @liz almost 7 years ago 2
Feb 20th Public Lab meetup in Somerville MA @warren about 7 years ago 11
NYC Winter Party @liz about 7 years ago 0
Boston-area MapKnitter meetup @warren about 7 years ago 0
NYC Mapknitter.org workshop @liz over 7 years ago 0
L E A F F E S T @cfastie over 7 years ago 1
MapKnitter.org workshop @liz over 7 years ago 0
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About Public Lab Events

There are several important traits that all Public Lab events have. If you’re coming to an event for the first time, they are things you can expect to happen, and what makes a Public Lab event unique. For event organizers, keeping them in mind can help you shape the activities of your events.

All Public Lab events:

  • Follow the Public Lab Code of Conduct,
  • Create learning moments,
  • Level the playing field for people to participate,
  • Increase collective understanding of environmental issues and community science,
  • Allow space for people to think and act creatively, use available resources, and move towards action.

The Public Lab Code of Conduct

This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by the Public Lab community and non-profit, both online and in person. It is both a resource for engagement, as well as a set of rules all Public Lab spaces must adhere to. More about how the Code of Conduct was created can be found on this page.

Creating learning moments

All Public Lab events create learning moments between people. The events value the knowledge and resources brought to the space, those that are built collaboratively when people share a space and the learning that happens outside a physical event space.

Sharing a Space:

Sharing a physical space is one of the best ways to build collective knowledge. One way in which Public Lab events work to create learning moments is by heavily favoring active participant engagement activities over passive activities.

Active participant engagement: Active participant engagement looks like “people doing stuff together.” This style of engagement favors group activities where each participant physically takes part. Active participant engagement examples include: breakout sessions, brainstorming, group discussions, and "hands on” activities.

Passive participant engagement: Passive participant engagement can often look like someone standing in front of the room facing a group of people. This looks like one person engaging and others listening. Examples of passive participant engagement activities include: presentations, lectures, and readings.

Sharing Out

While sharing a physical space can be a powerful thing, Public Lab also values the learning moments that happen outside of the physical event space. By capturing what is learned at an event, what questions came up, and what people are interested in exploring further, events can engage the broader Public Lab community. By doing so, both event participants and the broader Public Lab community builds collective knowledge and learning moments.

Some resource to engage in the broader Public Lab community during or after events include

Online Resources:

  • Post a question can be used to capture questions (and answers) that come up.
  • Post a research note can be used to share out about what was learned, or what people are interested in exploring further.
  • Post an activity to share out about what was done so others can attempt to replicate or simply learn from your work. Write to a Public Lab list to reach out to a group of people with a particular interest or in a specific geography.

Over the phone:

  • Call into an OpenCall to talk with others about some of your questions, ideas, next steps or take-aways.

Leveling the playing field for people to participate

While we recognize in the section above that everyone who participates in a Public Lab event has something to share and learn. Public Lab events also seek to actively “level the playing field” so that everyone has an opportunity to optimally engage.

To actively “level the playing field” participates should practice tactics such as:

  • Developing plans together,
  • Identifying and use a shared language (stay away from jargon or language that is not clear and understandable to participants),
  • Recognizing and checking the privileges we come with,
  • Aiming for equal speaking time,
  • Favoring engagement of all participants over individual expertise on a subject matter, and
  • Upholding the Public Lab Code of Conduct to ensure that all participants can safely and comfortably engage.

Facilitation resources can be helpful in creating an equitable space for people to engage. (more resources here)

“Leveling the playing field” also means working to make accessibility a priority. We do this by recognizing and mitigating the challenges to participants face to the best of our ability. Challenges in accessibility can include but are not limited to: travel or physical accessibility to an event, scheduling limitations, language, any associated event cost, parenting or child care needs.

Increasing collective understanding of environmental issues and community science

By increasing our collective understanding of environmental issues we’re better able to see pathways forward in our work, and create inroads for others to participate. Events can explore environmental topics, methods, geographic issues, and/or strategies towards advocacy and/or outreach outcomes. Events should explore existing information, resources and ideas, as well as create space for people to develop out those that are new.

Allowing space for people to think and act creatively, use available resources, and move towards action.

Individual and collective creativity and ingenuity are the most highly valued resource at a Public Lab event and are at the forefront of each event activity. Public Lab events also use and exercise available physical resources. This means that the supplies, materials, and tools at hand, are resources for the event. These resources should be treated with care, and should be accessible for all participants. However, because creativity is most highly valued, some of the best events require the least materials.

Finally, Public Lab events value progress, and should include time for participants to identify pathways and next steps for moving forward, the opportunities to engage others in the work, and the plan for sharing out what was explored and learned.


Regular Public Lab Event Types

Connect online or over the phone

Public Lab hosts regular call-ins for people to connect with online and phone call in options. Local groups sometimes get together in person to join one of these events.

Open Call Every Tuesday, there's an open call anyone can join and actually talk to other Public Labbers. The call is hosted at 3pm ET (8pm GMT). Notes are kept on this page. The link to join the call on a computer is here. Or you can call in +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 415 220 636 International numbers available here

OpenHour OpenHours can be hosted by anyone about anything. They happen on the 1st Monday or every month. The topics of open hour can vary from presentations on tools & methods, discussions on environmental issues shared across regions, and approaches to data-based advocacy. There will be time for discussion and taking questions.

Location based 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 next Barnraising can be found here: http://publiclab.org/barnraising

Regional Barnraising New in 2014, held in different locations during the Spring/Summer of each year. The Regional Barnraising focuses specifically on the development of techniques and methods around local research questions. We encourage people to reach out to us with ideas about future topics/locations for Regional Barnraisings.

Workshops Anyone can host a workshop! Post out on PublicLab.org about your event so others can join. Learn more about hosting events here.

Event hosting resources

Read more about how to host your own event here and about posting your event to Public Lab here.


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