Go Code Colorado 2017 kicks off with new public data business challenge

Friday February 3, 2017 0 comments Tags: Denver, Go Code Colorado, Go Code Colorado Challenge, Wayne Williams

DENVER -- Go Code Colorado, the first and only statewide effort of its kind, kicked off its 2017 challenge with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with more than 250 attendees and a new challenge statement.Go_Code_Colorado_logoUSE

This year’s challenge statement: Create an app and business concept that helps businesses build a competitive strategy.

For the fourth consecutive year, Go Code Colorado is bringing together developers, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to build business concepts and mobile apps with public data aimed at helping solve issues Colorado businesses are facing.

The Feb. 1 event included the unveiling of the 2017 challenge statement that participants will aim to solve using public data. The challenge statement is crucial to the competition as it is what competitors use as the ultimate goal of their app concept.

Kickoff attendees mixed and mingled with some of Colorado’s top tech leaders and listened to tech leaders from all five challenge weekend sites: Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins and Grand Junction.

Over the past three years, the Go Code Colorado team has published new business-relevant data in an easy to use format on the Colorado formation Marketplace (data.colorado.gov)

Last year, the three winning teams addressed business challenges for users across a wide range of areas including food truck operators, hiring managers and oil-and-gas companies.

Each team walked away with $25,000 and an invaluable experience that gave them an opportunity to put their work in front of some of Colorado’s top tech entrepreneurs, lawyers and other influential members of the community. 

This year’s Challenge Weekend will be held April 7, with Mentor Weekend set for April 21 with the 10 finalist teams and the final competition slated for May 24.

For more event details, visit gocode.colorado.gov