Group of people discussing Geo:Code

Geo:Code 2.0

An open data code-a-thon connecting civically-minded community members, geographers and technology developers.

Thank you!

Thank you to all our Geo:Code 2.0 Geo:Coders for all your hard work over the weekend. A big thank you also to our judges, speakers, workshop presenters, planning and recognition partners, and event volunteers. Geo:Code 2.0 could not have been the success it was without you!

Geo:Code 2.0 swept the metro!

We got great conversations started at the first Geo:Code open data codeathon last year. This year, we took our conversation about community, open data, technology and geography across the Twin Cities!

Geo:Code 2.0 was held:

March 5 and 6, 2016 — 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Robert H. Bruininks Hall
Room 412
University of Minnesota
222 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Schedule of activities

Geo:Code 2.0 will have three tracks this year: Open hack; UX testing; and Workshops. Participants are welcome to participate in any or all tracks and to switch between tracks during the weekend.

Community, geography, technology

Community matters as the forum for bringing people together to solve problems. Geography matters because community concerns are tied to a place. Technology matters because it provides a tool to examine and address community concerns.

One of our biggest takeaways from last year's event is that we have a lot to learn and a lot more work to do when it comes to creating good, usable open data.

  • What does really good open government data look like?
  • How can we create a data model that will allow people to most easily use and understand government open data?
  • How can we make governments websites and applications secure and usable, enabling residents to confidently access services online?
  • How do we use open data to create more inclusive public services and opportunity for all?

2016 ideas

View this years projects and presentations from the event

View the ideas

Open data

Visit the following open data sites for project inspiration:

City, county and state partners' open data sites

Additional open data resources

Learning resources

Find out how to create and publish a map as a web app, learn about geocoding, caching and server-side map services using Esri ArcGIS tutorials

Learn more about web development and web programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, and JQuery at W3Schools.

Complete training missions to learn more about the tools used to build free and open source software at Open Hatch.

Manage your project’s source code, log issues and collaborate with other developers with a GitHub account

Make sure to check out GitHub’s help page to learn more about setting up Git, creating and forking repositories and submitting pull requests.

Build and deploy your app on Heroku.

Learn how to design with Web accessibility in mind at WebAIM.

Check out MN.IT Services guidelines for designing websites and applications accessible to everyone.

Go deep into the details of designing accessible web content using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Find out how to use REST (representational state transfer) endpoints to connect to data.

Award winners

The Geo:Code Golden Globe: Judges Choice

The Civic Voice team’s crowd-voting platform took home Geo:Code 2.0 Judges Choice award honors.

Read more about Civic Voice - Connecting People with Local Politics

The Geo:Code Golden Globe: People’s Choice

The AED locator, Straight Line to Life team took home Geo:Code 2.0 People’s Choice award honors for their solution to reducing the time between a cardiac event and treatment by allowing those trained in CPR to easily find an AED nearby.

Read more about the AED Location Map for HEARTSafe Communities


Geo:Code 2.0 is part of Hennepin County’s open government initiative in partnership with:

  • Open Twin Cities
  • Anoka County
  • Carver County
  • Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
  • Citizens League
  • City of Minneapolis
  • City of St. Paul
  • Dakota County
  • Hennepin County Library
  • Metro Council
  • Metro GIS
  • Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
  • MNIT Services
  • Ramsey County
  • Scott County
  • Washington County

With thanks to Geo:Code 2.0 recognition partners:

  • Impact Hub
  • Code for America
  • Carlson School of Management

Recognition partner opportunities

Impact Hub MSP

  • Offering up to 5 complementary one month Launch memberships to a Geo:Code2.0 team
  • To be eligible, have your team lead contact Bill Bushey:
  • Contact Bill on or before March 18, 2016
  • Awarded by random selection from only teams expressing interest by March 18!
  • Visit Impact Hub MSP! Open Project Night, Fourth Wednesday, 5-8 pm:

Carlson School of Management

  • Offering ½ day (4 hours) business start-up consultation with Carlson Ventures Enterprise team
  • To be eligible, have your team lead contact Meg Knodl:
  • Contact Meg on or before March 18, 2016
  • Awarded by random selection from only teams expressing interest by March 18!

Metro GIS

  • All project teams are offered the opportunity to present their project at an upcoming quarterly Metro GIS Coordinating Committee Meeting, attended by GIS leaders from around the metro!
  • To get your project on the agenda for an upcoming meeting contact:

Hennepin County Library

MN.IT Services

  • The MN Bikeways team was awarded lunch with MN.IT Commissioner Tom Baden by MnGeo Chief Geospatial Information Officer Dan Ross
  • MN Bikeways Team Lead will coordinate dates for the lunch with the team and email potential options to for coordination with Commissioner Baden’s schedule.