Tuesday April 11, 2017 0 comments
DENVER -- Go Code Colorado, an award-winning program that turns public data into business insights, announced the 10 finalist teams that advanced from Challenge Weekend, held in five cities across the state last weekend.
Two teams from each of the five Challenge Weekend sites in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins and Grand Junction will next participate in Go Code Colorado’s expenses-paid Mentorship Weekend, April 21-23 in Boulder, on their way to compete in the May 24 Final Competition event.
Go Code Colorado, a program run by the Secretary of State’s office, challenges entrepreneurs, software developers and innovators to build apps that deliver public data into the hands of business decision-makers.
Mentor Weekend provides an opportunity for all 10 teams to receive mentorship by leaders from Techstars, Boomtown, House of Genius and other bright minds from Colorado’s tech and entrepreneurial community.
“Each year, Go Code Colorado participation and enthusiasm increases across the state,” said Wayne Williams, Colorado secretary of state.
“The high-caliber app and business concepts created during challenge weekend will further encourage government entities of all sizes to make their data available to developers and entrepreneurs so its inherent value can be fully utilized.”
Over 230 individuals participated in Challenge Weekend, building apps and business concepts with their teammates, coding and analyzing data.
The two advancing teams from each region showed their innovative prowess with ideas that demonstrated feasibility and attractiveness to the marketplace, utilized data to create impactful value for business decision-makers, and set new standards in innovation for Colorado businesses.
Teams have their eyes on three $25,000 awards to see where they can take their ideas, but they all know they’ll walk away with lasting relationships, valuable experience, and most of all: inspiration.
“It is always amazing to watch how much these teams can accomplish in just one weekend,” said John Franck, a previous Go Code Colorado participant and event volunteer.
“The thing that stood out to me the most this year was how the apps focused on delivering useful data to decisions that businesses have historically made by taking a shot in the dark.”
The advancing teams and their ideas are:
- CacheMoney - An application to help restaurant owners and entrepreneurs find a prospective location or new location
- GoWater - An app to assist in water rights issues
<div>ersity - A hiring tool to help companies build diverse teams
- Magpie Supply - A solution to solve transportation problems for farmers in Colorado
- Internstorm - A platform to help companies find interns
- AdCub - An app to facilitate ad sales
- HUDL - An application to assist developers with planning HUD-backed multi-family projects
- Layers - A platform for mineral owners and investors to manage and exchange mineral property
- KodeMonkey - A platform that connects capacity with needs in the Oil and Gas industry
- CoFax - A resource app for freelancers and small businesses wanting to relocate within Colorado
The 10 finalist teams will meet again April 21-23 in Boulder with Go Code Colorado partners Google, CA Technologies, Techstars, House of Genius and Boomtown to further develop their apps and businesses in preparation for the Final Event, which will take place at the Denver Performing Arts Center.
During the final event, three winning teams will be selected by a panel of judges to receive a contract with the state that includes $25,000 per team.
For more information regarding the Go Code Colorado Final Event, visit: http://gocode.colorado.gov/events/final-event/