Information Technology

Flour Exchange Building
310 4th Ave South, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Civic Innovation 

The City's CIO, Otto Doll, is serving as a Code for America municipal partner to support the CfA Brigade Captain program in the Twin Cities. Open Twin Cities is the local CfA Brigade community organization with Bill Bushey and Alan Palazzolo as Brigade Captains. See more via the Open Twin Cities Google Group.

Geocoding event open to the public

The public is invited to register for a “code-a-thon” event to collaborate on project teams developing apps, websites, data visualizations, service innovations, and other solutions that can improve government services, address community concerns, and give residents greater access to data. You'll use government GIS data free of charge and without need for a license. No special expertise is needed. Come for a few hours or the entire two-day event.

Take part in International Open Data Day and Code for America's CodeAcross weekend. Have fun and help your local community.

9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 5 and 6
Robert H. Bruininks Hall, Room 412
University of Minnesota, 222 Pleasant St. SE

Anyone can attend including residents and community members, Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals and enthusiasts, cartographers, designers, developers and coders, and project managers.

Possible projects include:

At the first code-a-thon event, in 2015, participants worked on eight projects including guidelines for creating accessible maps online, an app for bicyclists based on Open Street maps, and a tool to identify vacant lots that would be good candidates for urban farming. Learn more and register for Geo:Code 2.0 at

Additional examples of our involvement:

Hack for MN video with introductions from Otto Doll, City of Minneapolis CIO, Carolyn Parnell, State of Minnesota CIO, and Andrea Casselton, City of St. Paul CIO.  Seventy-five participants from the Twin Cities worked on 13 projects over the course of 19 hours.

IT held follow up meetings with three teams to help advance their application development projects:, DataPark, and Connect Me Minneapolis.

“There is a huge need for these kinds of community org/tech community collaborations, and I was amazed by the breadth and depth of the project ideas. Keep this up-I'd definitely attend more of these in the future!” ~ Visualizing Neighborhoods hack event participant.

Last updated Mar 4, 2016