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Barnraising 2016

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The 2016 Barnraising theme is "Inviting Collaboration"

The 2016 Annual Barnraising was hosted in Cocodrie Louisiana November 11th-13th. Read more about it below.

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

Posts from this event:

Sessions proposed online:

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.

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.