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Barnraising 2016

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2016 Organizer's Summit (open to Public Lab organizers) will be Thursday, November 10th.

The 2016 Barnraising theme is "Inviting Collaboration"

On This Page:

About the Barnraising

The Public Lab Annual Barnraising is the closest thing we have to a Public Lab conference -- but with an emphasis on "doing stuff together." It is an unparalleled, high bandwidth event where people from different regions exchange hard-won technical knowledge, tactics, and stories in person. At the Annual Barnraising, participants will:

  • Improve social ties through in-person collaboration,
  • Participate in in-depth exploration of local environmental issues and ongoing community research,
  • Advance technical knowledge, and
  • Work on projects such as environmental hardware and software prototyping.

One page doc on the event: The_Public_Lab_2016_Barnraising!-Google_Docs.pdf


Dates to remember

  • November 1st: Registration for overnight Barnraisers will close this is for LUMCON housing purposes.
  • November 8th: Registration for day trippers will close.

Event costs and discount options:

Basically, if you get yourself to New Orleans within the scheduled van time, we'll cover the rest -- shuttle transport out to (and back from) the field research station LUMCON, three meals a day plus snacks, and cost of lodging for all three days for $50.

  • If you require a discounted registration to attend, email Money should not keep you from attending this event.


The event is hosted at LUMCON (8124 LA-56, Chauvin, LA), two hours south of New Orleans. If you are planning on taking advantage of Public Lab's free shuttle to LUMCON you will need to arrive in New Orleans (at the airport, or in our meet-up spot in the Bywater) before 6:30PM on Thursday (Wednesday for organizers) and plan on leaving LUMCON after 12:00PM on Sunday No Public Lab transit will be offered after 6:30PM on Thursday or before 12 on Sunday. Flights out on Sunday need to be after 3:30PM to take advantage of the free shuttle. If you plan on going or coming from LUMCON outside the scheduled shuttle time, you will need to arrange your own transportation.

Gearing up

Communications: We will be using the Public Lab Barnraising google group for communications on the event. Join below:

COMMITTEES: Committees are used during Barnraising to help with many tasks such as making sure we maintain a safe space, ensuring we have childcare and have things to do for people of all ages, and helping out with documenting the event. If you're interested in helping out, add your name to a committee of your choosing below.

FoodCom: This year LUMCON is doing all our lunches and dinners, so FoodCom will help with all breakfasts and snacks! (Claudia Martinez Mansell, Bronwen Densmore, Jessi Breen, Will Ward, Dan Beavers, Carla Green, Shan He, Amal Al Saeid, Scott Eustis, Katie Gradowski, Jaekyung Lee, Lauren Sullivan)

FunCom: Help with planning and initiating evening activities! (Firas Ismail, Mustapha Dakhloul, Tara Mei Smith, Will Ward, Katie Gradowski, Gina Leite, Jaekyung Lee, Lauren Sullivan)

DocCom: Help to document and record content, sessions, ideas, and media from the Barnraising. Help produce The Barnraiser. (Firas Ismail, Bronwen Densmore, Colleen Butler, Mary Kenosian, Jason Fagone, Sara Sage, Scott Eustis, Jaekyung Lee)

DotCom: Into social media? This one's for you! Help us tweet/ instagram /facebook /share out about the event! (Mustapha Dakhloul, Bronwen Densmore, Colleen Butler, Kris Petterson, Sara Sage, Jaekyung Lee)

CleanCom: Keeping our space clean is everyone's responsibility, but this group is in charge! (Klie Kliebert, Maria del Carmen Lamadrid, Carla Green, Shan He, Jessica Hendricks, Joan Tibor, Janine Lane, Gina Leite, Jaekyung Lee)

KidCom: Activities for youth and childcare for the young-ones. (Mustapha Dakhloul, Dana Bauer, Katie Gradowski)

BeerCom: Help to organize any alcohol people would like for the evenings over the course of the Barnraising. Make sure we're abiding by LUMCON's alcohol policy. (Noel Castellanos, Jessica Hendricks, Scott Eustis, Katie Gradowski, Jaekyung Lee, Lauren Sullivan)

GearCom: Track down what people are planning on bringing and help to make a master list so we know what's coming! (Mathew Lippincott, Shan He, Jaekyung Lee, Scott Eustis)

Post session ideas below!

Editing the wiki and add your session ideas below:

Other Citizen Science Projects: Connect ongoing citizen science projects, organizations, and replications through a to be determined wiki

Horizontalism! What is it? Delight and horizontal collaboration are strategies often overlooked when designers (or makers, take your pic!) try to bring innovation to dire civic problems such as environmental issues. During the Barnraising I wish to collaborate on about decolonizing making at the very early stages. Also collaboratively explore how to build projects where design avoids being complicit with structural inequalities by embracing horizontalism.

First contact and newcomer engagement brainstorm: Activities, Q&A, outreach, etc etc

How to Shape and Improve our website without having to write code!

New Project Page Ideas Join us in a session to think about project pages that could help bring people together and encourage collaboration in the Public Lab ecosystem. Brainstorm with us about what a template for project pages should include.

Translate into your fav language!: Change the menus and sidebars of into your language of choice! The project has set up Transifex, let's take a tour through it together.

Gear we are bringing 2016 list here

add to it and make requests!

  • Balloon mapping kit (Stevie)
  • Helium (Stevie x1, Scottx1)
  • Kite mapping kit (Stevie x1, Scott x1)
  • Infragram camera (Steviex1, Scottx1)
  • Mobius RGB camera (Scottx1)
  • Canon Powershots (Scott x3)
  • Pendulum Rig pieces (Scott ~x4 Rigs)
  • Spare Arduinos (x2) (Scott)
  • Squid kite, a reel with extra strong line, and a pair of leather gloves (Liz)

Public Lab Code of Conduct

The Public Lab Code of Conduct applies to all spaces managed by the Public Lab community and non-profit, both online and in person. The ConductCom group helps to ensure that the Public Lab Code of Conduct is upheld at the event. (ConductCom members who will be at this event include Shannon Dosemagen, Klie Kliebert)

If you would like to have a confidential conversation, connect with ConductCom in person or email via To submit a report anonymously for review by ConductCom, go online via phone or computer to our anonymous “contact” app, located at This contact app will be monitored daily at 8am CST during in-person events like Barnraisings and weekly at all other times. During multi-day in-person events hosted by the Public Lab non-profit, there will also be a physical suggestion box available. This box will be monitored throughout the event and can also be used to let us know if you need us to check on an anonymous online submission sooner.

Further Logistics and Planning

Housing The event is hosted at LUMCON, a beautiful research center on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico where the land meets the water. The facilities there are dorm style, so plan on having a roommate and a bunk (2-4 people). If dorm style housing is a concern for you or if you have housing questions, please email

Packing List Here is the suggested packing list and for information on LUMCON

Childcare This is a family friendly event. Let us know if you're brining the kids and we'll do our best to plan for hosting them with you. email

Van Options If you're looking ride in a shuttle to Cocodrie, you need to be in New Orleans BEFORE 6:30pm Thursday (Wednesday for organizers summit) and plan on being back (or fly out) AFTER 3:30pm on Sunday.

Driving and ride-sharing Driving to LUMCON? That's great! Here are directions. Be sure to mention in your registration if you can take others!

Need to stay Sunday For those flying in from out of town, we recognize Sunday evening flights can be expensive. We have limited space to put people up for Sunday night. For those of you who need to stay, there is an additional housing cost of $25 on your registration. Again this space is limited so register early! We will be able to bring you to the airport on Monday. If you are staying in New Orleans past Sunday, you will need to find other accommodations and transportation.

Suggestions for staying after For those who are sticking around to explore more of the city, here are a few suggestions of accommodations to look into:


  • The Frenchmen Hotel Centrally located in the historic French Quarter.
  • The Blake Hotel A bit off the beaten path, but in between the French Quarter and Uptown, two great places to check out. Nothing too fancy, but comfortable and always has pretty good prices.
  • The Royal St. Charles Hotel Easy access to transportation and reasonably priced.

Other Options

  • Checkout airbnb!
  • India House Hostel Not in the main part of town, but right on Canal street which has an awesome streetcar you can ride downtown for (day pass for $3)
  • The Atlas House Hostel in the French Quarter - could be a little rowdy!