Five Ways to Form a Team and Other Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
First an update. We’ve got 100 statewide registrations as of March 2nd. Oh yeah.
So let us guess. You haven’t registered yet. You’re excited to compete, but without a team, it’s sorta scary. Okay very scary. Like Blair-Witch-when-you-thought-it-was-real scary. The phrase “pick teams” might even bring back memories of high school gym class. And that’s not a good thing.
But breathe. We’ve got you covered.
- Tap into your own network. You know people. More than you realize. Think outside the fort-that-you-made-from-a-cardboard-box. What about your cousin who’s in marketing. Your logo designer for the kombucha company you started in 2012. That back-end developer in your hockey league. The coder guru you met last month at your partner’s holiday party. And don’t forget LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They provide insta-lists of acquaintances, relatives and friends.
- Do that networking thing. Hate shaking hands with random people? Think nametags are nastier than traffic? With a specific opening line, it’s so much easier. This is the perfect excuse to actually go. Instead of telling people where you work, like Peter in Office Space, try this: “Hi. I’m Ned. I’m looking for teammates to compete with me in Go Code Colorado. Have you heard about it?”
- Crack our community. Like an egg. Yolk and all. We’ve got sponsored meetups, local kickoffs and webinars. Find like-minded people—wanna-be-participants with complementary skills.
- Attend Challenge Weekend. The vibe is supportive. Beer is flowing. Jump on with an existing team. Hit it off with another lone wolf. You could very well form a team at this event. In fact, back in 2014, nearly all teams began this way.
- Pick up our Slack. When you register, (no-cost, commitment-free, cancel anytime, yikes this sounds like an infomercial) you’re granted free access to our slack channel—organizers, events, data and fellow participants. You never know who you might end up instant messaging.
Answers to Other Commonly Asked Questions:
Do you think I need a data scientist on my team? Ultimately it’s up to you. Making use of public data is at the core mission of the challenge (and accounts for 30% of your team’s score). Public Data is inherently free. We’re challenging you to add value. There are technologist, database people and coders that know how to work with data and add value to data but it can be difficult to work with some types of complex data if you are not a data scientist. As with many factors this is a strategic decision for your team, but make sure you take the data aspect seriously.
Do I have to know coding in order to participate? No. We recommend that teams include a variety of backgrounds such as business, design, data scientist and software development or coding. While you don’t have to know how to code to participate, at least one person on your team will need to build the code for your app and setup the Github account for your team where your code will be submitted prior to your pitch. Be sure to read up on the criteria judges will use to evaluate your idea, including the code review evaluation.
At Challenge Weekend your app will be judged as presented. By the Final Event you’ll need a Minimum Viable Product.
What if I have never built a business before? Can I compete? Yes! Well balanced teams include a variety of disciplines. The best way to know how your skills can be utilized to build a business solution app is to show up at Challenge Weekend and find a team where your background and experience is needed.
Individuals, and whole teams, have definitely used Go Code Colorado as a first-crack at entrepreneurship.
Can teams include out-of-state participants? Yes. Wherever you’re from just be sure at least one person is present during the mandatory check-in points throughout the weekend and at the time to pitch your business app. Check out the 6th bullet point of our rules.
What is Waffle.io and do we have to use it? More information on this can be found on the Data Tech Resources page.
You don’t have to use Waffle.io but it’s pretty awesome and free to participants.
It is a GitHub-powered project management and work-tracking software for teams. It includes:
- Pre-populated GitHub Issue cards to help guide you through steps to building something awesome. The cards will take you through a mash up of lean startup and design thinking activities to help you arrive from idea to prototype to a winning solution.
- Support for how to use Waffle.io, as well as answer questions about Lean Canvas, team dynamics, project management and workflow.
How to get/use It:
- All GoCode organization repositories will have a badge automatically added to their README. Click on the badge to see your repository’s Waffle.io task board.
- You can also use the Waffle board to add any to-do’s for your team, build a backlog, and keep in sync when working on the project asynchronously going into Challenge Weekend.
- Have questions? Hop into the Waffle.io Slack Channel during Challenge Weekend to ask a Waffle expert any questions you may have.
When we submit our code to Github, will other people see it?
No. When you register for Challenge Weekend you’ll get an invite to Slack. When you join our team on Slack, the next step is to join the #welcome-and-setup channel. There you will find a ‘how-to manual’ for our GitHub bot, that will allow you to create your private repo in the Go Code Colorado GitHub Organization. Your code will stay private for one full year from Challenge Weekend, and at that time you have the opportunity to keep your Repo with the Go Code Colorado Organization as part of the public Go Code Knowledge Base with the tag of your respective competition year, or move your code over to your own private repository.
NOTE: The ‘how-to manual’ for #welcome-and-setup is pinned to the top of the #welcome-and-setup channel. These instructions are also under GitHub on our Tech Resources page.
More questions? We’re behind you. And in front of you. The whole way: