On May 9th, Colorado announced the inaugural winners of the Go Code challenge.
Taking home first place and a $25,000 contract with the state was Fort Collins start-up Beagle, a small business location search tool:
“Simply provide an address and Beagle will fetch a business fitness score based on dozens of sources. Best delivered as an embeddable widget designed for real estate and MLS websites, Beagle provides a simple tool that lets you explore the data behind the numbers, helping you find your business’ next home. Utilizing customizable weights and evolving data sets, Beagle scores get better with use.”
Local Fort Collins residents Sean Wittmeyer and Wojciech Magda are the entrepreneurs behind Beagle. Sean is the Director of Zilifone Design, a design firm in Fort Collins and the CTO of Stuart Batty Enterprises of Lousiville. He specializes in designing the user experience that makes Beagle easy and friendly as well as the IT infrastructure that keeps Beagle running. Wojciech is a computer engineer working for Intel. His expertise lies in wrangling data from a variety of sources into usable formats.
Second place and a $15,000 contract went to Durango coders BizLink Colorado. A Colorado Springs company Local Sage took home third place and a $10,000 contract.
“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 OtterBox in Fort Collins. 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.
“Fort Collins is Colorado’s best-kept secret when it comes to technology and entrepreneurship,” said Charisse Bowen Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Colorado State University. “Go Code Colorado and Beagle are letting the secret out.”
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 compete to solve business problems and grow our economy, by building apps that will help Colorado companies thrive. Build apps. Build business. Build Colorado.