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Public Lab organizers

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Public Lab organizers are community members that are leaders in the Public Lab community, and have an interest in the way our community collaborates and grows. Typically but not exclusively, these are people who are both key organizers in their local communities as well as key contributors to the broader Public Lab community through work on things such as the website and communications. Organizers often host events or moderate discussion lists, and help shepherd the Public Lab community in other ways. The organizers list is always expanding; anyone can be nominated or nominate themselves, see below for how to join.

Contact Public Lab organizers to add events to the /events calendar.

Resources for organizers

The Public Lab organizers list serves to connect organizers with each other and enable collaboration on overarching initiatives such as the barnstars initiative. Typical emails are about upcoming events (sometimes there are speaking/workshop/travel opportunities), authoring articles/book chapters/op-eds, strategies for organizing, and other topics related to broad Public Lab community development rather than simply research (which is discussed on the main Public Lab list).

Additionally, organizers share a dropbox folder for presentations and printable outreach materials, manage the Public Lab events calendar, and have email addresses in the form:

Weekly Organizers Call

The Public Lab organizers call is weekly on Thursdays. The time alternates between 9:20PST/11:20CST/12:20EST and 4:00PST/6:00CST/7:00EST. Check this page for the precise schedule. The calls last about 35 minutes. If you are an organizer, to join, please add Public.Lab on Skype and add your Skype name to the Google Doc.

How to join

  • fill out your profile page with a bio, ideally highlighting your interests and work in the Public Lab community
  • email your profile link to, including your request to be nominated
  • you will either be contacted by an existing organizer to followup or you may simply receive a "Welcome to the organizers list" email.


Currently there are 55 organizers:

Past Nominations

To view old nominations in full, see


Formative research note on this topic