BenCon 2023

Lighting the path for equitable and ethical public benefits technology

Join us for the Digital Benefits Conference — or BenCon for short —the first annual convening of the Digital Benefits Network at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University.

June 13-14, 2023
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
By invitation

Who's going to be there?

We are inviting individuals representing viewpoints and experiences across levels of government, non-profits, academia, and industry who work on policy, delivery, and advocacy for public benefits and relevant technologies.

Why should i come?

Gain new expertise

Make new connections

Discuss challenges and opportunities with peers

Create space for ongoing problem solving


This year we’ll explore core topics as we navigate equitable and ethical technology in public benefits.
Core topics include digital identity, rules as code, automation, centering beneficiaries and workers, and digital service delivery.

Community Norms & Code of Conduct

Community Norms

  • Be kind and respectful to each other
  • Make space, take space
  • Normalize using pronouns
  • Use “I” statements
  • Be reflective and mindful
  • Be open and honest
  • Take the best, leave the rest
  • Be present— please minimize use of devices and step away if you need to

A note on recording and confidentiality:

Most of BenCon is not being video or audio recorded, but we will have notetakers in each session, and activities where sharing ideas, experiences, and dialogue are encouraged. Please share as much as you are comfortable with. We will check back in with individuals before any quotes or identifiers are published in recaps or elsewhere.

Code of Conduct

The Digital Benefits Network is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or political affiliation. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. View our full code of conduct.


Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by June 1 to the BenCon team via A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests made after June 1.

Aerial photo of Georgetown University


BenCon will be hosted in the Rafik B. Hariri Building at the McDonough School of Business on Georgetown University’s Main Campus at 37th and O Streets, N.W. Washington D.C. 20057.

Campus Map

Getting to Campus

Ride Hail or Taxi Service

Uber/Lyft or taxi driver to 3700 O Street NW or Georgetown University, which will drop you off at the front gates to campus. It is about a 10 minute walk to the Hariri building. We encourage you to carpool with others attending BenCon, if possible.

Public Transportation

There are also a variety of public transportation options that service Georgetown and the Georgetown Neighborhood:


Bus schedules | Fare is $2 by exact change cash, SmarTrip Card, or SmarTrip Mobile

  • The G2 bus stops at the university's main gates at 37th & O Streets, NW and connects to the Dupont Circle metro station (Red Line).
  • D2 bus – stops in Georgetown at 35th Street & Reservoir Road NW and connects with Glover Park and the Dupont Circle metro station (Red Line).
  • 38B bus – stops in Georgetown at M Street & 34th Street NW and connects with Rosslyn, Foggy Bottom and Farragut West metro stations (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines) and Farragut North metro station (Red Line).
  • 30s series buses (30N, 30S, 31, 33) – stops along Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown at P Street and N Street NW, and connects with Friendship Heights and Tenleytown-AU metro stations (Red Line), as well as Foggy Bottom and Farragut West metro stations (Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines
DC Circulator

Fare is $1 by exact change cash, SmarTrip Card, or SmarTrip Mobile

The DC Circulator is another public bus that serves the Georgetown neighborhood close to the university.

The Dupont-Georgetown-Rosslyn route stops in Georgetown at 34th & M Street, NW and connects with the Dupont Circle metro station (Red Line) and Rosslyn metro station (Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines).

The Georgetown-Union Station route stops in Georgetown at Wisconsin Ave. & N Street NW and at Wisconsin Ave. & M Street NW. This route also connects with Downtown DC, the Georgetown Downtown campus and Union Station.

Parking on Campus

Should you choose to drive to campus, please plan to park in the Southwest Garage. After you pull into the garage, you will follow the signs for daily parking. If you plan on driving, please let the BenCon team know so that we can make arrangements for parking validation.

Aerial photo of Georgetown University

Public Health

With the end of the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19, and following improved public health conditions, Georgetown has updated the university’s COVID-19 protocols. Visitors are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. There are no COVID-related protocols for building access.

Wearing a mask is optional in university-owned and operated buildings. Free high-quality masks continue to be available at entrances to most campus buildings. Everyone has the right to wear a mask whenever and wherever they wish on our campuses.

Please note Georgetown policies are subject to change ahead of the event. We will keep attendees informed about any changes. We ask that anyone who feels unwell ahead of or during the event to stay home.

Jack the bulldog, the Georgetown University mascot