Three new winners in year three. A year that challenged Colorado entrepreneurs and developers with a broad challenge statement and produced businesses looking to better the oil & gas industry, the food truck industry, and changing hiring practices towards personality-based hiring.
The 2016 finalist teams pitched their app and business concepts in front of hundreds of people and a panel of expert judges at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver’s Theater District. Hively, Foodcaster, and Regulation Explorer emerged victorious with $25,000 each to move forward with their app and business concept over the next year.
Hively is a platform that connects employee personalities with business cultures, preventing “hire’s remorse”. Hively is a fresh approach to the employment process that enables businesses to make better hiring fits through personality-based criteria versus the traditional skills-based criteria. Hively used data sets from a list of business entities, employment by industry, and occupational employment statistics.
Foodcaster helps food trucks find the best location to park by informing food truck owners of street sweeping days, the amount of foot traffic the area gets, and other beneficial tips through its mobile app. Foodcaster used state data sets about pedestrian foot traffic and cellular service data and combined this data with food truck parking regulations data, Google Maps, Twitter social data and Facebook events data.
Regulation Explorer helps oil & gas companies find the best locations by putting Colorado oil & gas regulations “on the map.” Regulation Explorer streamlines the permit process for energy companies, providing these companies with all of their options before they invest heavily in a well location. Regulation Explorer drew from over sixteen publicly available data sets.
“Teams participating in the challenge demonstrated what innovators and entrepreneurs can accomplish with open data, creativity and collaboration,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. “It’s great to see a statewide community established around Go Code Colorado. I look forward to watching the enthusiasm for the program continue to grow and flourish each year.”
Five judges evaluated each team’s business idea and decided which three teams receive the $25,000 contract with the state:
Vice President, Global Data Strategy, IQNavigator
Chief Information Security Officer for Colorado
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Ping Identity Corporation
Advisor, Author, Health Tech Leader
“I’m proud of Colorado tonight,” said Andre Durand. “We’re here to encourage open data in our state, but we’re also celebrating our state’s ever-improving tech and entrepreneurial talent. We’re making something unique here in Colorado.”
“This was my first year with Go Code Colorado,” said Sue Heilbronner. “What a tremendous program for our state, for Colorado businesses, and for a few entrepreneurs to hopefully kickstart a new business.”
Congratulations to all the 2016 Go Code Colorado teams!