Intro to Web Mapping + GIS

Signal - 111 N. Canal St., Suite 455 Chicago - View Map Girl Develop It Chicago
Wed, Aug 26, 2015, 6:00 PM (CDT)

About this event

Have you ever wanted to create live maps for your website? Have you struggled with geospatial data, the headache of storing it, or the reliance on proprietary software to play with it? Have you heard of libraries and services like OSM, Leaflet, Mapbox, and TileMill, but never been sure how they interact with each other or what you can do with them? Have you seen slick webmaps online and longed to recreate them, or build dashboards that allow you to explore your geo-spatial information in interactive charts, maps, and graphs?

This is the workshop for you! 

The workshop will cover: 

• Mapping Basics: the different components of online maps, how they operate, the data they depend on, and an overview of some of the platforms that could be used to produce them (Google Maps, Mapbox, CartoDB)

• Mapping Data: how to find and prepare data for webmaps, free sources (, local data portals, OSM Overpass API), as well as how to create and transform data of your own (, Fulcrum), and how to store it (Github, CartoDB)

• Creating Custom Maps:  Working with CartoDB, we'll walk through how to make maps fast in a GUI, how to how to style them with CartoCSS, and how to use JavaScript to extend their interactivity. You'll learn how to design, build, host, and dynamically update a map.

Cost: $15

Date: Wednesday, August 26th from 6-8 PM

Location: Signal, 111 N. Canal St., Suite 455

Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

A limited number of scholarships are available for those with a financial hardship. To apply, click here. Do not RSVP for the event. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is August 19th. Scholarship applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline. Class capacity does not impact scholarship students. 


This workshop presumes some basic familiarity with HTML/CSS and JavaScript; although we'll provide template files and instruction to minimize a dependency on this prerequisite. Curious to learn and interested in a short primer? Try out one of our Map Academy lessons online (like Codecademy but open source and for GIS)!

Don't forget to bring your own laptop and power supply, we'll provide the rest!

Instructor: Stuart Lynn

Stuart is  a Map Scientist with CartoDB a company that specializes in beautiful online geospatial visualizations and location analytics.  He initially studied mathematical physics at Edinburgh University before deciding astronomy was prettier and easier to explain in bars and obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics. He currently works at the Adler Planetarium as the technical lead of the Zooniverse: the largest collection of online citizen science projects. He is passionate about getting everyone involved in doing real science and making real discoveries online.

Host: Signal

Signal is the global leader in real-time, cross-channel marketing technology. Signal’s Fuse Open Data Platform helps marketers collect data from any offline or online source, synchronize that data across all consumer touch points, and deliver it to any marketing or analytics endpoint – all in real time. The platform is ecosystem-neutral and helps data and marketing technologies work better together, driving increased engagement, loyalty, and conversions. Our headquarters is in Chicago's West Loop, but we're global in everything we do.

If you are interested in being a teaching assistant for this workshop, please contact Paige through Meetup or via email. TAing is a great way to practice what you know and to get to know members of our community. 

All attendees, including staff and volunteers, are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It code of conduct.  


Wednesday, Aug 26
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)


111 N. Canal St., Suite 455 Chicago