People meet and ideas collide at COCO. Join us for one of our regular educational or social events. You can also take advantage of our energetic environment by holding your next meeting at one of our locations.
Why meet at COCO?
Our members are doing the work of their dreams. So, we’ve selected and designed our spaces to be worthy of their ambitions. Stop by any of our COCO spaces.
Energy to Spare
Our spaces are overflowing with the energy of dreamers and doers. So, forget the hotel conference room – COCO is the kind environment where you and your colleagues can do your best thinking. See what it takes to become a member.
We believe in the power of collaboration and visual thinking, so at COCO you’re never far from a whiteboard or a flat-panel display. Want to book your next meeting at COCO? Let us know how we can help.
Cool Events Coming Soon
Startup Grind - Chad Halvorson
Monday, June 13, 2016
Chad Halvorson the Founder and CEO of When I Work. Chad has successfully built 3 multi-million dollar companies, which are still operating today. When I Work is an employee scheduling app that more than 30,000 businesses and over half a million people rely on for employee scheduling, time clock, and communication through the web, mobile apps, text messaging, social media, and email. Over the past five years Chad has received numerous awards recognizing, including spots on Inc Magazine’s 25 Under 35, and the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.
An Overview of the Trademark Search Process
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Join Fredrikson & Byron’s Courtney Hofflander for a Lunch & Learn on the trademark search process to learn about:
- How to identify the word or logo that will be the subject of your search;
- The basics of using the United States Patent and Trademark Office database and other internet resources; and
- Your options if the search returns one or more hits.
Making the Case for UX Prototyping
Thursday, June 23, 2016
A great user experience is a labor of love. It requires solid Design Thinking and a commitment to testing and iteration. But our timelines are finite, and the speed at which we can deliver a product to market can make or break its success. With real constraints like these, how do you get early validation or truly helpful user feedback without investing undue time?
Join us and AIGA Minnesota’s UX Designers Committee as designers from Optum’s internal incubator, The Garage, make the case for UX prototyping and share what it’s like to leverage lean innovation for a top-20 Fortune 500 company.
Who Should Attend
Designers seeking to learn more about prototyping including tools and methods for creating prototypes, and how to decide what type of prototype best fits your unique situation.
Entrepreneurs seeking to validate business concepts before investing heavily in development.
Business owners or executives seeking to better advocate for UX and prototyping within their organizations.
NextNext Media / Ad Tech Summit
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Traditional media businesses are being rocked by new technologies, experimenting with new business models and fighting for that most valuable of commodities in the new economy–people’s attention. Ad blockers, native content, membership drives, big data, smartphones, AI, Virtual Reality… it’s a challenge just keeping up with the changes already underway in the media landscape, let alone anticipating the unfathomable terrain of the future.
Come to the NextNext: Media/Ad Tech Summit to find out how leading organizations and thinkers in media and advertising are coping with disruption and setting themselves up not only for for what’s next, but what’s “NextNext.” Trade in your anxiety for inspiration in the company of fellow adventurers in the uncharted territory of media in 2016…and beyond.
An Evening with Silicon North Stars, hosted by Mayor Chris & Connie Coleman
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Join us for an evening with Silicon North Stars’ co-founders Steve and Mary Grove — Minnesotans who are now both tech executives at Google in Silicon Valley.
This fundraiser is in support of Silicon North Stars, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who aims to inspire and educate young Minnesotans to become future leaders in technology.
Come and meet some Silicon North Stars students, and learn how you can help champion the next generation of Minnesotan tech leaders and entrepreneurs.
Best Practices for Start Ups—Using Basic Legal Documents
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
At this Lunch & Learn, Lisa Holter of Fredrikson & Byron will discuss when to use various basic legal documents, what pitfalls to avoid and will also offer tips on best practices. Types of documents to be covered will include:
- Consulting agreements;
- Non-disclosure agreements;
- Non-competes; and
- Intellectual property assignments.