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Become a better soloist at SoloCamp

Become a better soloist at SoloCamp

Sat., April 27
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
CoCo Minneapolis

Eventbrite - SoloCamp

How’s business? Got all the clients you want? Making as much money as you need? How’s your work life/balance?

If you’re not satisfied with your solo practice (guess what: you’re not alone!), then have we got an event for you!

SoloCamp is a one-day conference focused on improving business skills and learning new tools. Think of it as a shot of adrenalin for your solo practice, whether you’re a designer, programmer, writer or consultant.

Like a regular conference, there are some pre-planned sessions on a variety of important topics, taught by seasoned freelancers and business owners. But it’s also an unconference, which means we’ve got room for sessions that can be suggested and even run by you! (We’ll tell you more about that after you register.)

Pre-planned sessions include:

  • The basics (and not-so basics) of marketing yourself  How and where to tell your story
  • Using social media to promote your business
  • Online marketing 101  An overview of what’s possible with SEO, PPC, Re-marketing, Authorship Pages, Video and Conversion Optimization (applicable to yours or your clients’ business)
  • Stop leaving money on the table!  Ideas on how to earn more from your projects and client relationships.
  • Business 101 for freelancers  Tons of practical advice on incorporation, taxes, banking, insurance, partnerships, positioning, etc.
  • Portfolio sites  Comparing portfolio platforms, with input from other freelancers
  • Designer tech  A review of essential tools
  • Working alone sucks!  An intro to more collaborative ways of working


  • 9 – 10 a.m. – Coffee/rolls, socializing, orientation to unconference format
  • 10 – 11 a.m. – Sessions
  • 11 a.m. – Noon – Sessions
  • Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch (included)
  • 1 – 2 p.m. – Sessions
  • 2 – 3 p.m. – Sessions
  • 3 p.m. – Optional tours of CoCo & Design Works

Eventbrite - SoloCamp

Brought to you by:

  • AIGA Minnesota
  • Navitor
  • CoCo

Spatial Hotdish

Spatial Hotdish

Friday, May 18
Noon to 5 p.m.
CoCo St. Paul

Spatial Hotdish is a friendly, team-based map mashup ‘competition’ combining people from the web development and “traditional GIS“ communities in the Twin Cities.  Think Iron Chef with a geospatial (and Minnesota) twist! Work on a team to create a browser-based spatial data visualization using data that you find and a few last-minute secret ingredients.

We’re intentionally bringing together folks who may otherwise not work together. “I don’t have any experience with GIS data/programming”, you say?  No problem! We’ll provide a ready-made list of tools and data sources for you to use.  Or, bring some of your own data to map and show.  It’s a short event and no fancy or polished results are expected.

Register now!  Sorry, registration is now closed!

A social gathering at a nearby establishment will follow the event.

The size and number of teams  are limited, so register quickly if you are interested!  (Spaces will be allocated based on time of registration, but there will be some moderation to ensure participation from both communities and a balance within teams.)

SaaS Camp

SaaS Camp

April 21
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CoCo Minneapolis

Come learn more about SaaS and network with fellow SaaSers. Ideal for practitioners building SaaS application, entrepreneurs running SaaS businesses, vendors & educators of SaaS.

Your instructor, Leif Larson, is CEO of Workface, a MN-based SaaS company with more than 110,000 users, and is arguably the most knowledgeable person in Minnesota on SaaS models.

Instructor’s statement:
“I think I can save SaaS-based businesses here in Minnesota a lot of time, energy, blow-ups, and money by sharing what I’ve learned growing my venture backed company and rubbing elbows with executives at some of the largest SaaS companies out there.

This is a serious class with a tuition cost of $199, which will help defray space, lunch and printing costs.

Instructor’s guarantee:
“If you are not satisfied that you have gained incredible knowledge, and your day was not worthwhile, we will issue a complete refund.”

> More information and registration


DayCamp with David Folkens on 4/15

DayCamp with David Folkens on 4/15

“Creativity Over Cash: Nonprofit Problem Solving”
Thursday, April 15, 9 -11 a.m.

About David Folkens
Dave is a communications pro and consultant in Minnesota. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, smaller public companies, public relations agencies, and recently in the nonprofit world.

About CoCo DayCamps

CoCo hosts DayCamps on most Thursdays. Each DayCamp features a thought-provoking speaker in the morning, followed by an afternoon of coworking.

Day camps give you an opportunity to learn about what other people do for a living, how they run their businesses, why they love their jobs, and how they are making it work. Look for upcoming day camps with speakers on a variety of topics, such as business strategy, public relations, green building, graphic design and other fun topics.


Full day – DayCamp + coworking: $30

Half day – Speaker session only: $15

4/15 Amp up your PR with Arik Hanson

4/15 Amp up your PR with Arik Hanson

“You’re on Facebook: Now What?”
Thursday, April 15
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us for a deeper dive on public relations and marketing. PR maven Arik Hanson will show you how you can take your digital PR activities and approaches to the next level.

About Arik Hanson
A savvy and seasoned communications professional, Arik C. Hanson, APR, is principal of ACH Communications, a digital communications firm focused on serving as strategic thought partners to financial services, health care, not-for-profit and other organizations. Through integrated PR, communications and digital programs, Arik has been able to create tight-knit communities, build strong brand awareness and drive thought leadership for organizations across the country. Arik has played a lead role in many social projects and initiatives online–both locally and nationally.


Session + 1/2 day of coworking: $30

Session only: $15