What role can data play in making our public spaces more inviting and functional?

We Count! Public Life Data Sprint is an event series organized by Gehl Institute, with support from Samsung NEXT and Stae.

Over three days, we’ll conduct on-site research, engage in critical discussions about the uses and ethics of public life data, and hold a full-day design competition, in which participants can dive deeper into the Public Life Data Protocol and design products and tools based on the specification.

The series is open to urbanists, coders, designers, civic technologists, city planners, and anyone who cares about people and public spaces. To learn more, visit the event website.

Join us as we make data about people and the spaces we care about more open, usable, and shareable.


  • Workshop, May 9, 6:00 – 8:30pm
  • Opening Party, May 11, 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Design Sprint, May 12, 8:00am – 8:30pm

Reserve your ticket for all events or each one separately.

WORKSHOP: Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:30pm

At our first event, we’ll offer an introduction to the Public Life Data Protocol. Participants will learn about the data sets and then engage in a hands-on workshop testing out the public life tools by measuring the social activity of a nearby public space.

OPENING PARTY: Friday, May 11, 6:00 – 9:00pm

On Friday evening, meet fellow urbanists, technologists, and civic leaders during an evening of public life data talk and mingling. Celebrate the kickoff and form teams.

DESIGN SPRINT: Saturday, May 12, 8:00am – 8:30pm

On Saturday, work in teams to tackle essential problems of how technology, and specifically public life data, can improve our knowledge and design of public spaces. Pitch your ideas to our jury of experts. After the event, we’ll feature your proposals on our website.

Why public life data?

City governments, public agencies and officials, and the private companies that support them collect large amounts of data on things like traffic flows, property values, crime statistics, and more. These measurements shape analysis and decisions about policy and design. But the ways that people use or move through public space generally gets left out of this process. And when information about people’s activities in the public realm is collected, it’s often without public engagement or significant open collaboration. Much of this data is inaccessible except to those who pay.

There is tremendous need and opportunity to make public life data—data about people moving and using public spaces—more accessible, scalable, and comparable within cities, across cities and regions, between agencies, and at different scales. The use of open data standards enables a range of users to collectively make public information more useful, accessible, and democratic. The ability to share research and compare outcomes is essential to making good planning and policy decisions affecting the places and spaces where city residents live their daily lives.


Code of Conduct: Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media.

Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Via Conference Code of Conduct