About this event

June 24-25, 2017

The Appalachia Barnraising is an open event hosted by Public Lab that seeks to bring participants together to share regional environmental concerns, advance technical knowledge and improve social ties. The event is hosted in an “unconference style.” This means that people join to participate and collaborate rather than just present, talk and listen.

The event is open for anyone to bring environmental interests and ideas and will also have a focus on extreme energy extraction in Appalachia. Communities affected by coal mining, oil drilling and fracking are front and center at this event as we come together to work on developing strategies, and addressing these issues in our communities, and across the region.

What is a Barnraising?

The Barnraising is the closest thing Public Lab has to a conference — but with an emphasis on “doing stuff together.” It is an unparalleled, high bandwidth event where people come together to exchange hard-won technical knowledge, tactics and stories in person.

While Barnraisings have been hosted in each year in Louisiana since 2012, the first Regional Barnraising was held in Spring 2014 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Since then, Regional Barnraisings have been held each year in various places across the country.

Who can join the Barnraising?

The event is open to everyone. Participants will include people from many interests and background including local residents, technologists, designers, social scientists, students and community organizers.

How do I stay up-to-date?

Visit publiclab.org/barnraising for more information about the Appalachia Barnraising.

Questions about the Barnraising?

Email stevie@publiclab.org


The $50 registration price will include: the event, housing on Friday and Saturday night, and meals on Saturday and Sunday. Discounted tickets are available, email stevie@publiclab.org for more information.

Join us!

Event Venue

  • WVU Reed College of Media Innovation Center
    Evansdale Crossing Building, 4th Floor
    62 Morrill Way Morgantown, WV 26506

    Parking Map
  • 304-293-6246
  • wvumediainno@gmail.com