Its time to setup our laboratory. And that requires we act soon. Since the first meeting in the lab on Thursday, we have subsequently been donated even more equipment. In fact we need to start organizing our space, pronto! Our website is biotechnbeyond.com. Come check it out!
We have a system in place to do this. Leah Cannon helped us organize the asana.com task list and we would like to get those volunteers interested in organizing the lab on there. We thought it would be a good idea to have another conference call and get people acquainted with the asana system. We proposed using skype for this but if there is enough demand we can use google voice.
We want to accomplish a few things in this meeting. We want to use our Asana task list to complete these things before we are ready to officially launch.
First, we need to prepare a crowdfunding campaign that will start sometime in March. This will involve producing a video, organizing rewards to those who fund us and personalizing our message for a website like Kickstarter. We have a videographer and some ideas that Kevin, Joseph, Leah and I have suggested but we could use some help developing a storyboard. Plus if anyone wants to be an extra in the video we will need citizen scientists!
Second, we need to establish a volunteer network who can help organize some of the educational classes and laboratory procedures. Leah, Joseph and I have proposed to be involved in the development of educational classes but we need help in making the curriculum and the laboratory protocols accessible to those interested in lab work.
Third, we need resident experts! These are citizen scientists willing to volunteer time for advising students and hobbyists on practical science and engineering advice, especially on the weekends and weeknights. And these teachers may teach classes here in their respective areas of expertise, which could result in being paid for the curriculum development and delivery.
Fourth, we need to establish Bylaws. How will we train our members on certain equipment? What kinds of experiments can we do? What times can we be in the lab and what supervision is needed? Who is responsible for ordering reagents and consumables? These and many more questions need to be addressed and we hope we can work together to draft something that we can all adhere to.
Finally, once all the above needs are met, we will need a part time (and eventually full time) lab manager. The lab manager's responsibilities will develop from whatever we organize in the lab so, at the moment, the job responsibilities are not set in stone. This would be a paid job once we have raised the funding and set our goals.
In any case, I thought the above list would be a good primer on what we need to accomplish in the upcoming weeks so we can be on target to our official opening in May!
Please come join us on Sunday at 3PM in the Skype Cloud to incubate our incubator which contains incubators, for the Bio, Tech and Beyond Laboratory.