Join us for Geo:Code 2018

March 24-25, 2018

Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central

Minneapolis, MN


A community-generated conference to connect residents with Hennepin County and open data.

Who is Geo:Code for?

Geo:Code is for everyone: residents, government personnel, novices, experts, technologists and non-technologists. This event is for anybody who wants to learn, discuss, and brainstorm about government data and technology. Whether you are a student, an artist, an educator, a developer, a parent, a GIS professional or a business owner you are welcome.

Event details

Over the past three years, discussions, sessions, and projects covered topics as diverse as service design, accessibility, transit and bicycle mapping, recreation, an app to reach representatives, finding free, public meeting spaces, lo-fi prototyping, usability, food access, arts integration, and why data matters to non-technology community.

The format is part conference and part Code Space. Participants don’t need any technology to participate. The Code Space is where participants can pick a project or problem to tackle with a team. If attendees plan to code, they should bring any technology needed such as a laptop or tablet. Participants are welcome to partake in any or all tracks and to switch between tracks during the weekend.

Saturday, March 24

Open Government Data
Presenter: Jim Hall

Government data is public data, and should be readily available to residents.

Introduction to Usability Testing
Presenters: Amy Hoey and Amy Luedtke

See examples of successful usability projects, view a live demo, and learn tips and techniques to start talking with your users.

Innovation by Design – Rapid Prototyping
Presenters: Amy Schrempp and Rachel Walch

Start with user research, create a low fidelity prototype, test the prototype, iterate and create an interactive prototype.

Story Maps – Visual Storytelling with Maps
Presenters: Rebecca Barney and Kate Carlson

Go through the process of telling stories with maps using the ESRI Story Map platform. Bring a computer or tablet to create your own Story Maps in this workshop.

Crowdsourcing Spatial Data Collection
Presenters: Rebecca Barney and Kate Carlson

Learn how to harness the crowdsourcing data collection capabilities of Esri’s online mapping platform, ArcGIS Online.


Sunday, March 25

Digital Government Listening Session
Presenter: Katrina Zabinski

Help us design a new virtual “doorway” to Hennepin County! Tells us your thoughts and ideas on dealing with usernames, passwords, security questions, and profiles.

Data and Statutes and Laws, Oh My!
Presenter: Dana Hanson

Learn about the laws we have to follow to protect data, and how to request it. In addition, we’ll be discussing what you (the citizens) want from us.

Presenter: Peter Bodurtha

Learn about free and open data sources that are available, where they come from and how to use them well.

About Geo:Code

A forum combining community, geography and technology

Geo:Code brings the community together to examine and address concerns of their shared geography and open data.

Participants are encouraged to brainstorm on such questions as:

  • What does really good open government data look like?

  • How can we make government 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?

  • How can we improve the government/resident relationship, and begin worthwhile conversations?

History of Geo:Code

Learning resources

Hennepin County, Hennepin County Library and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are proud to partner to offer this event. Thank you to the following promotional partners.

  • go to the hennepin county website
  • go to the hennepin county library website
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center logo
  • go to the sfg website
  • go to the make it. msp website
  • go to the springboard for the arts website

Please note the Open Twin Cities Code of Conduct and the Hennepin County Library Patron Conduct Policy.

Geo:Code is dedicated to a harassment-free community and event experience for everyone.

  • Be kind to one another.
  • Do not insult or put down other community members or event attendees.
  • Behave civilly.

Geo:Code is part of Hennepin County's open government initiative

Andrew Rose
Event coordinator

Meg Knodl
Media contact