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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

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

Recently posted events

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
MA research project 'Speculative Future on Mars: Online Co-design Workshop on saturdays' @miles70 21 days ago 0
CANCELED Event: Sand Sentinel Training, Bloomer WI @stevie 3 months ago 3
Upcoming OpenHour on Particulate Matter Monitoring @stevie 3 months ago 12
Use Your Sensors: Oil Water Testing Event in New Orleans! @charlotte_clarke 7 months ago 1
Mycologycal Sovereignty Workshops @imvec 7 months ago 0
Taller construeix el teu microscopi @imvec 7 months ago 0
Oct 26: Reptiles at the Bayou - Halloween and Coastal Resoration @charlotte_clarke 7 months ago 4
Water sampling workshop with a "Mega-Coqui" kit with One Cranston @warren 8 months ago 3
Oct 4: MicroBrews meet-up at AS220 Food, Providence @warren 8 months ago 2
Public Lab Outreach Event - Jaipur @divyabaid16 10 months ago 11
Radical Infrastructure: Your First Physical Server @techlearningcollective 10 months ago 1
Event: Wisconsin Sand Sentinel Training @stevie 10 months ago 0
Introduction to Writing Your Own Website in HTML and CSS @techlearningcollective 10 months ago 2
People who work on soil- join us for methods jam this Tuesday! @DanielleS about 1 year ago 0
Event: Frac Sand Mining Health Research Public Forum @stevie about 1 year ago 1
OpenHour: Usability Feedback for PublicLab.org @warren about 1 year ago 5
Do you do Soil Testing and Analysis? @DanielleS about 1 year ago 1
Event: Clean Air Council + Delaware Riverkeeper Network @liz over 1 year ago 3
Taller de microscopio DIY en Barcelona @imvec over 1 year ago 0
Community microscope workshop Barcelona @imvec over 1 year ago 2
NYC Microscope Workshop, 12/15 at Fat Cat Fab Lab @Bronwen over 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 almost 2 years ago 1
LibrePlanet talk: Sharing strategies for welcoming newcomers into FLOSS projects: First-timers-only, list moderation, and more @warren almost 2 years ago 2
Rain Barrel and Rain Gauge Build with 7th Ward Residents @stevie almost 2 years ago 6
Bay Area Maker Faire! @stevie about 2 years ago 0
Event: Mapping wetlands and algae blooms @stevie about 2 years ago 1
All Summer of Code convening Live Call @liz about 2 years ago 11
DIY Spectrometry Workshop in Lima, Peru @warren about 2 years ago 0
Foldable Spectrometer workshop - Barcelona @imvec about 2 years ago 0
PLANNING TO HOST AN EVENT? @stella about 2 years ago 2
..... any potential aerosolar dreamers in Ljubljana? @AeroceneFoundation about 2 years ago 0
Delhi Open source meetup at NSIT @tech4gt about 2 years ago 13
RAILS GIRLS NAIROBI MEGA CODING EVENT @stella about 2 years ago 12
Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI @gretchengehrke over 2 years ago 5
Taller de investigación fluvial DIY @imvec over 2 years ago 0
Mentorship network meeting at CRASH Space @levisimons over 2 years ago 0
Local Environmental Action 2018 in Boston @warren over 2 years ago 0
Hack The Earth: 6th edition open call @imvec over 2 years ago 1
Conversation on decentralizing data storage and mesh networks @liz over 2 years ago 0
Plant air purifier in Paris, Feb 2, 3-6PM @nshapiro over 2 years ago 1
Convocatoria GAIMeC @imvec over 2 years ago 2
Formaldehyde Monitoring Open Call on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:00 pm ET @nshapiro over 2 years ago 1
Water Wise NOLA Rain Barrel Build! @stevie over 2 years ago 0
3er encuentro de Ciencia Ciudadana @imvec over 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 almost 3 years ago 1
Community Mapping in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana @stevie almost 3 years ago 0
Photos from a kite mapping party in Somerville @warren almost 3 years ago 0
July 12 event in Sheffield UK -- the changing face of expertise in the 21st C @liz almost 3 years ago 0
U.S. EPA Community Webinar on Citizen Science Air Monitoring: Jun 7, 2017 @DavidMack about 3 years ago 0
How to Build a Specialty Phone Carriage @sdepolo about 3 years ago 0
Investigating Thermal Properties of Rooftops Using Aerial Mapping @sdepolo about 3 years ago 0
Aerial Mapping of Effects of a Water Diversion @section1group1 about 3 years ago 0
Aerial Mapping Project: Biodiversity Mapping of the Diamond Hitch Vicinity @alcmarfiller51 about 3 years ago 0
All the Shingle Ladies @section1bp about 3 years ago 1
Aerial Observation of North and South Facing Slope Ecologies @aerialmapping123 about 3 years ago 0
Mapping the Thacher Bioswale: Analyzing Erosion Patterns and Vegetation @section1group3 about 3 years ago 0
Last Annual Barnraising -- looking to the future @stevie about 3 years ago 1
Aerial Mapping Projects in Environmental Science at The Thacher School @thacherenvisci about 3 years ago 0
Kite mapping Barcelona @imvec about 3 years ago 7
Hack The Earth 5th edition @imvec about 3 years ago 1
NIR to NDVI @cherault about 3 years ago 1
Frac sand hotspot testing and site survey @stevie about 3 years ago 0
Next Saturday: Timelapse Kit workshop and Social Emergency Response Center in Somerville @warren about 3 years ago 4
NYC Data Rescue working group meeting tonight @liz over 3 years ago 1
TechRaking: Sensing the News @Matt_P over 3 years ago 0
EDGI FOIA event at CUNY in New York City & online @liz over 3 years ago 3
Envirodiy workshop Jan 26/27 2017 @neilh20 over 3 years ago 0
Chosing which camera to obtain data from @nnole over 3 years ago 4
A balloon mapping event at MPavilion (Melbourne, Australia) @AssemblePapers over 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 almost 4 years ago 3
Public outreach for scientist @bvkiran almost 4 years ago 0
Looking for New Orleans Pole Mappers @eloisereid almost 4 years ago 0
Looking for New Orleans Pole Mappers @eloisereid almost 4 years ago 1
Looking for New Orleans Pole Mappers @eloisereid almost 4 years ago 2
Depth Sensor Build! @stevie about 4 years ago 0
Some notes + updates from PhotosynQ @gbathree about 4 years ago 1
Event in Eau Claire, WI @stevie about 4 years ago 1
Rich Profile tags and improving the performance of Publiclab.org @Lalithr95 about 4 years ago 3
Public Lab Workshop at the Sunview Luncheonette @Matej over 4 years ago 17
Native Plants Workshop THIS Saturday w/ Groundwork NOLA @klie over 4 years ago 0
barnraising images, Louisiana, Nov 2015 @marlokeno over 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 almost 5 years ago 0
NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit @liz almost 5 years ago 1
Western NY Community Based Science for Action Regional Workshop: Tonawanda, NY @liz almost 5 years ago 1
Frac Sand Tools for Action Event! @stevie almost 5 years ago 6
New Orleans Map Viewing Party @stevie almost 5 years ago 1
Kitimat Mapping Workshop @ann almost 5 years ago 2
DIY aerial photography: Kite-mapping workshop in London, UK @cindy_excites almost 5 years ago 2
Prince George Mapping Workshop @ann almost 5 years ago 12
Sweetwater Festival Mapping Workshop @ann almost 5 years ago 0
June Mapping Picnic @stevie about 5 years ago 2
Thermal Fishing Bob Development Workshop on Northeastern's Campus @kgrevera about 5 years ago 2
Thermal Fishing Bob Development Workshop @kgrevera about 5 years ago 1
iFARM 2015 report @cfastie about 5 years ago 4
New Orleans City Park Mapping @stevie about 5 years ago 5
Bayou Bienvenue Mapping! @stevie about 5 years ago 3
iFARM 2015 “Experiencing the Sensed Landscape” @dorncox about 5 years ago 3
Thermal Fishing Bob Development Workshop @kgrevera about 5 years ago 2
Prince Rupert Workshop: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping @ann about 5 years ago 0
Smithers Workshop: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping @ann about 5 years ago 0
5th Anniversary call for memories! @liz about 5 years ago 36
Newtown Creek Workshop with Balloon Photography @nameiswillis about 5 years ago 2
Talleres de Fotografía de bajo coste desde el aire en Madrid @pablo about 5 years ago 2
Gulf Coast: Build your own spectrometer event! @stevie about 5 years ago 0
Gulf Coast April Pole Mapping @stevie about 5 years ago 3
A month-long series of webinars about sensor journalism @willie over 5 years ago 2
Citizen Science Investigations on the Waterfront @liz over 5 years ago 0
GeoPhilly Balloon Mapping Workshop - April 22nd, 2015 @seankmcginnis over 5 years ago 0
Gulf Coast Spring Fling! @stevie over 5 years ago 3
New Orleans February Water Quality Meet-up @stevie over 5 years ago 0
January Water Quality Meet-Up Report @stevie over 5 years ago 0
Vancouver Workshop: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping, Crab Park, Burrard Inlet @ann over 5 years ago 9
New Orleans Training: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping @stevie over 5 years ago 8
New Orleans Water Quality Meet-up @stevie over 5 years ago 6
Gulf Coast 2015 Kickoff Party! @stevie over 5 years ago 4
Merry Mapping in New Orleans! @stevie over 5 years ago 1
Reproducibility @cfastie over 5 years ago 7
Vadi HaAsbestonim: Community Aerial Photography Event @hagitkeysar over 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 almost 6 years ago 2
Atlanta Maker Faire @JSummers almost 6 years ago 1
New Orleans Training Event! @stevie almost 6 years ago 3
L E A F F E S T @cfastie almost 6 years ago 4
A non-maker's take on the Picayune Make :) @stevie almost 6 years ago 1
Picayune Make Meeting Notes for 16 August 2014 @danbeavers almost 6 years ago 2
Goal-Setting for Upcoming GLAM Event @yvv almost 6 years ago 1
GLAM and Gowanus Canal Conservancy Goal Setting Meeting @Bronwen almost 6 years ago 0
Philadelphia Night Market Balloon Flight @seankmcginnis almost 6 years ago 0
Picayune Make event @danbeavers almost 6 years ago 1
Philadelphia Night Market and the Department of Making and Doing @seankmcginnis almost 6 years ago 0
OpenHour NYC IRL @liz almost 6 years ago 0
Recap: July 31 New Orleans oil testing meetup @stevie almost 6 years ago 24
Northshore Staten Island mapstitching event! @liz almost 6 years ago 5
Brainstorm a Family Hackerspace! @kgradow1 almost 6 years ago 2
Open Hour on Water Quality, Monday July 21, 8pm @donblair almost 6 years ago 5
Water Quality Workshop July 12th @ MIT Media Lab @donblair almost 6 years ago 1
A New Orleans Event @stevie almost 6 years ago 4
Kite Mapping on the Kill Van Kull @melissachecker almost 6 years ago 1
Join us for the Raritan Bay Festival Kite / Balloon mapping! Saturday June 28th, Staten Island @gwirth almost 6 years ago 0
NE Barnraising 2014 @cfastie almost 6 years ago 1
NE Organizers Summit @cfastie almost 6 years ago 1
Come try spectrometry at Science Hack Day @liz about 6 years ago 0
iFarm aeries @cfastie about 6 years ago 1
iFarm tour @cfastie about 6 years ago 1
iFarm tech talks @cfastie about 6 years ago 0
iFarm UAV Field Day @cfastie about 6 years ago 0
iFARM 2014 @dorncox about 6 years ago 3
Event--Civic Science and the Gowanus @liz about 6 years ago 0
Prospect Park spring mapping project @liz about 6 years ago 1
Staten Island North Shore meets with GLAM @liz about 6 years ago 0
EcoHack NYC May 9-10 @liz about 6 years ago 0
EcoHack in four global locations @liz about 6 years ago 0
LIVE BROADCAST: "Water Quality Primer + Data Visualization Sprint" @donblair about 6 years ago 0
Northeast Tool-focused Barnraising: June 6-8, 2014 @Hudonnoodles about 6 years ago 1
Invitation to Friends and Family Day-Flushing Bay-May 10 @carmelfromson about 6 years ago 6
Earth Journalism Network Kite Mapping Workshop @willie about 6 years ago 3
Hope in Bloom in the Southside of Williamsburg! @AnushaV about 6 years ago 1
Kite mapping in Far Rockaway, Queens @jenmansta about 6 years ago 3
Union Square MBTA Mapping @kgradow1 about 6 years ago 2
Jornada de documentación y exploración colectiva del territorio @7enproceso about 6 years ago 0
EcoHack is back, and this time it’s global! May 9th & 10th @liz about 6 years ago 0
Workshop: spec-tacular @liz about 6 years ago 4
Ignite Philly 13 @seankmcginnis over 6 years ago 0
Local Environmental Action 2014 @bessbl over 6 years ago 1
Hackerspace.sg meetup @liz over 6 years ago 0
Hong Kong Open Source Meetup @liz over 6 years ago 0
Report back from "Making a Difference" Asia @liz over 6 years ago 0
Public Lab 'Open Water Hackathon' @ Amherst College @donblair over 6 years ago 1
OpenBuoy.net , a low cost open source research vessel @Sebastian over 6 years ago 0
Public Mapping Mission - Newtown Creek @nicholas over 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 almost 7 years ago 1
Classifying Trapa @cfastie almost 7 years ago 5
Trapa detection @cfastie almost 7 years ago 8
Lake Warner Workflow @cfastie almost 7 years ago 3
WATERCHESTNUT Big Picture @cfastie almost 7 years ago 17
ITP Camp @ Fresh Kills @nicholas almost 7 years ago 0
June 1 Sensor Journalism Conference at Columbia University @liz about 7 years ago 0
Public Lab NorCal Meet Up - Cloverleaf Farmstand, Davis, CA @MicheleTobias about 7 years ago 1
Jamaica Bay Mapping -- Rescheduled to Saturday June 1st! @gwirth about 7 years ago 1
Bienvenue Restoration flight / visit @eustatic about 7 years ago 7
Pontchartrain Restoration @eustatic about 7 years ago 0
Kite Club Pontchartrain @eustatic about 7 years ago 0
Aerial Mapping workshop Triennale Milano @Costantino about 7 years ago 0
Public Lab NorCal Meetup Fort Mason San Francisco CA @patcoyle about 7 years ago 0
June 2 Science Hack Day NYC: balloon mapping workshop @liz about 7 years ago 0
May 12 BOSSLAB Hackathon + DIY Spectrometry @warren about 7 years ago 0
San Francisco Mapping Meetup Saturday May 4th @gonzoearth about 7 years ago 1
Middlebury Meetup @cfastie about 7 years ago 0
Middlebury Meetup April 30 @cfastie about 7 years ago 0
May 4 IdeasCity Speechbusters "Earth Observation Systems" with Nina Ilieva @liz about 7 years ago 0
May 4 IdeasCity with Kickstarter! @liz about 7 years ago 0
May 4th Pier 42 Balloon Mapping! @veroacosta about 7 years ago 0
iFarm (Imaging For Agricultural Research and Management) field day @dorncox about 7 years ago 2
Kite / Balloon Map of BP memorial demonstration in Artillery Park (wear black) @eustatic about 7 years ago 0
Screening of short film on Public Lab on April 19 @warren about 7 years ago 0
Thursday Apr. 18th balloon mapping at the Cordova @warren about 7 years ago 0
Weeks Bay Kite Training @eustatic about 7 years ago 4
May 11 data collection workshop @liz about 7 years ago 0
Public Lab/open spectrometry presentation @warren about 7 years ago 0
DIY Aerial Imaging + Map Knitting workshop at Pratt Institute @Pratt_GI about 7 years ago 0
Prospect Park Lookout Hill crew @liz about 7 years ago 0
Vermont Winter Festival, Viewed from a Kite String @KalynRosenberg over 7 years ago 2
Boston PLOTS -- Meetup Synopsis for 2/20 @Hudonnoodles over 7 years ago 0
NYC 2013 kickoff meeting @liz over 7 years ago 2
Feb 20th Public Lab meetup in Somerville MA @warren over 7 years ago 11
NYC Winter Party @liz over 7 years ago 0
Boston-area MapKnitter meetup @warren over 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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Table of Contents


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:

The Barnraising 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. The Barnraising focuses on local research questions. 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

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