On May 9th, Colorado announced the inaugural winners of the Go Code challenge.
Taking home third place and a $10,000 contract with the state was Colorado Springs start-up Local Sage:
“We help business owners determine the best location for their businesses. The LocalSage process is unique and personal, making the complicated process of site selection easy and fun. Our app provides access to complex and powerful data without sacrificing usability or clarity.”
Local Colorado Springs residents Scooter Wadsworth, Spencer Norman, Chris Bachicha, Karen Dunne, Jeremy Folds, Mark Rantal, Kyle Tolle, Nick Volpe and Vern Volpe are the entrepreneurs behind LocalSage. The team is lead by Scooter Wadsworth and Spencer Norman, both have extensive software development and entrepreneur experience, Scooter as a lead engineer and Spencer as Founder of Collider Creative.
“I know everyone involved in the Go Code challenge couldn’t help but be impressed by the innovation and dedication by each these teams,” Secretary of State Scott Gessler said. “I’m excited to see how the winning teams’ products improve our business climate while the other teams’ businesses thrive through the vast openness of our public data.”
Go Code Colorado is the first competition of its kind in the United States that uses public data to build business tools and grow commerce. The challenge began March 19 in five locations, including Epicentral Coworking in downtown Colorado Springs. Over 6 weeks teams of innovators developed software applications aimed at benefitting Colorado’s business environment. The winning teams will have their products publicly available.
“Local Sage beat 25 teams across the state to take third place,” said Hannah Parsons, co-founder of Colorado Springs’ Epicentral who hosted Go Code Colorado’s challenge weekend. “It shows that Denver and Boulder aren’t the only places in Colorado where tech-savvy entrepreneurs are thriving.”
First place went to a Fort Collins start-up Beagle. Second place and a $15,000 contract went to Durango coders BizLink Colorado.
About Go Code Colorado
Go Code Colorado is an apps challenge designed to make public data more accessible and user-friendly. Teams of developers and entrepreneurs across the state will compete to solve business problems and grow our economy, by building apps that will help Colorado companies thrive. Build apps. Build business. Build Colorado.