Go Code Colorado launches third year of statewide civic app challenge

Monday November 16, 2015 0 comments Tags: Denver, Go Code Colorado Cha, Colorado Secretary o, Wayne Williams


DENVER -- Go Code Colorado,  an award-winning initiative of the Secretary of State’s office, has launched its third annual statewide civic app challenge.Go_Code_Colorado_logoUSE

The annual effort aims to bring government, business and tech communities together to make public data more accessible and enhance the state’s business environment.

Last year, Co Code Colorado grew participation, saw stronger app and business ideas and created a “must attend mentor weekend” for finalists.

This year, Co Code Colorado aims to further increase participation among the tech entrepreneur community, gather more information from the business community to develop even more market-relevant apps and continue to be a leading voice by putting Colorado at the forefront of the open-data movement, the Secretary of State’s office said.

“Go Code Colorado began as an innovative experiment in building a community around open data,” said Wayne Williams, Secretary of State. “As we enter the third year of the challenge, the program has solidified its place, opening up access to public data while building a community of tech and business leaders who are using the fate to improve Colorado business environment.”

2016’s challenge dates:

  • Feb. 3—Kickoff in Denver
  • April 1-3—Challenge Weekend with five locations across the state
  • April 15-17—Mentor Weekend in Boulder
  • May 26—Final event in Denver

During its first two program years, Co Code Colorado helped state agencies publish more than 150 data sets and run a civic app challenge asking developers and entrepreneurs to use the public data to help solve business problems.

Go Code Colorado has won numerous awards, including CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 Award, the Colorado Technology Association’s Technology Project of the Year Award, the International Association of Commercial Administrators Merit Award, the National Association of Secretaries of State IDEAS Award and has been recognized as a Bright Idea by Harvard’s Kennedy School through its Innovations in American Government Awards competition.