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The second IGC meeting will be hosted by Esri, 23–25 February 2019 in Redlands, CA, USA

IGC 2020 meeting, 22-24 February 2020

IGC 2020 will assemble Geodesign-focused academic designers, representing nearly 100 participant universities and other organizations, generously hosted by Jack Dangermond and Esri at their Redlands, California, headquarters. The schedule of IGC 2020 will be linked with the 11th Geodesign Summit, 25-27 February 2020.


40 organizations have registered projects which will be displayed in Redlands.  Most of those organizations will be represented by team members who will present their projects during Sunday and Monday work sessions interspersed by discussion groups.

IGC 2020 meeting Draft Schedule

The schedule of the IGC 2020 meeting on 22-24 February 2020 will precede the 11th Geodesign Summit, 25-27 February 2020 in Redlands, California, USA.  IGC 2020 will be primarily academic while the Geodesign Summit will be primarily professional; many participants will attend both.

Registration for IGC 2020 is free, IGC participants will receive discounted registration of $199 to attend the Geodesign Summit if they wish.


Key IGC activities:

IGC will open with an evening reception on Saturday 22 February, which will include the launch of a new Esri Press book, "The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Design" a compilation of the outcomes of IGC 2018-19 and the IGC 2019 meeting.


On Sunday 23 February and Monday 24 February, school representatives will present their projects in the Esri main auditorium, half each day.  Each team will have 8 minutes for a pre-set powerpoint presentation. IGC participants will vote to select 4 presentations for showing at the Monday 5:00pm pre-Geodesign Summit session.


Also on Sunday and Monday, there will be four groups of simultaneous discussions, two each day, focused on the further development of the geodesign framework to achieve educational and research goals. The overarching questions will be: What lessons emerge for how geodesign can address global-scale design and planning issues, and how do we educate more people to lead those projects? Our goal is to inform and shape IGC to ensure its successful future.

Emerging comparative research themes

There are several themes of comparative research derived from IGC 2019 which will be discussed to further develop geodesign thinking and processes:


Project definition phase:

  1. Continued examination of how systems are chosen and defined, based on constraints and opportunities arising from project requirements, data availability, etc.?

  2. How were global assumptions and system innovations chosen and used?

  3. How were evaluation and outcomes assessments conducted?


  1. What are the patterns of similarity and difference between how projects were conceived and structured?  How do those patterns affect decision-making?

  2. What are the patterns of similarity and difference between how participants respond to scenarios?  How are those patterns affected by issues such as local governance and global economics?

  3. What have we learned about design?

    1. Procedural aspects, what can we learn about how geodesigners think?

    2. Regional normative differences, what do geodesigners believe?


We will publish descriptions of IGC outcomes as they come available.


Meanwhile, refer to IGC 2019 Conference Presentations for project powerpoints presented during the 2019 meeting, and to IGC 2019 Meeting Photographs for a visual record of the gathering.

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