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2012 Barnraising: Cocodrie, LA

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Dates: November 2-4, 2012 Location: Cocodrie, LA at LUMCON Info on Cocodrie:,_Louisiana Information on 2011 barnraising: A human contact if you have logistical questions: Shannon.. or 504.239.4642

What is a Public Lab barn raising? 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.

This page will be used for information pertaining to barn raising activities including schedule, travel info, etc.

Sign-up form

Please fill out the required information on this form.


updated 9.13.12

Shannon Dosemagen Liz Barry Scott Eustis Mathew Lippincott Sara Wylie Stewart Long Adam Griffith Jeff Warren Dr. Alex Kolker Oscar Brett Zoe Sullivan Eric Kugler? Jessi Breen --add your name here--

Proposed Sessions

Add sessions you'd like to see -- we're doing at least part of this "unconference style" -- and put your name down next to sessions you're a fan of!

Extracting and testing soil/water with spectrometers and lasers

  • Shannon
  • Jeff W

Starting a Public Lab chapter

  • Jeff W

Crowdfunding: raising money and shipping open hardware prototypes

  • Jeff W

add your proposals here

Lodging Options

The majority of people will be staying at the LUMCON facilities which has male and female dorms. They are $20 per night. If you are no comfortable spending the night in a dorm, the closest marina/lodge is TradeWinds: If you are coming with a group of friends, there are also a number of "camp" options (which means large houses with enough sleeping room for 8+).

There are also a number of lodging options in Houma (which is a bit of a distance away and a couple of options in Chauvin).


All meals will be supplied by Public Lab. We'll plan on having breakfast each day prepared by LUMCON, sandwiches for lunch and cookouts on Friday and Saturday evenings.

If you want to go out for some good cajun fare there are a few close-by places that Shannon will post information on.

Travel to and from Cocodrie

You should plan on flying into the New Orleans International airport. We'll begin by about 10 on Friday morning and end Sunday late afternoon so it might be safest to come in Thursday evening and leave either late Sunday evening or early Monday morning.

There's a bunch of people in New Orleans with cars so the hope is that we'll just be able to transport people to and from New Orleans, but depending on flight schedules we might rent a transport van for the weekend or something. You of course are also welcome to rent your own car to explore the beautiful areas of Dulac, Chauvin and Houma in your free time.

What you should bring (besides the usual)

Mosquito repellant!!!! Sunscreen (we still have warm, sunny days in November) Mosquito repellant!!! (your friends in New Orleans will actually provide a whole bunch of options for repellant so you don't really have to worry about it) A good hat and sunglasses If you have rubber boots, bring them! A light rain jacket if it looks like rain that weekend Any materials that you want to bring for the barn raising sessions


Louisiana in November ranges from lows of 50 to highs in the mid-70s or so and we get about 4.5-5 inches of rain on average.

A note on cell phones

Check your cell phone coverage maps if you're worried about not being connected while in LUMCON. Verizon for sure reaches as should AT&T and Sprint, but those of you with TMobile and USCellular should check. There will be plenty of friendly folks with cell phones that you can use while you're here.