Yes, because it’s also nearly Super Bowl LII time, we thought we’d use a Roman numeral too (5 for us, 52 for the other, by the way). No worries though, the Go Code Colorado Kick-off doesn’t compete with the Super Bowl kickoff. They’re spelled differently, they take place on different days and we provide the beer and snacks for you, so there’s no need to make an extra run to the store!
Here’s your friendly reminder—please note the updated address for the venue:
Join us for the unveiling of the 2018 Go Code Colorado challenge and a celebration of Colorado tech and entrepreneurship.
Can’t Attend the Kick-off? No Problem—Attend a Roadshow Event Instead
In case you can’t attend the Kick-off, we’ve updated our 2018 Road Show schedule. The following Road Show events are scheduled, and we’ll be adding more in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
In partnership with Innovation After Hours: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Innovation & Entrepreneurship and IN2 Program. The Go Code Colorado Road Show event follows Innovation After Hours
February 8, 2018
Innovation After Hours, 4:00 – 6:00pm; Go Code Colorado, 6:00 – 7:00pm
320 E Vine Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80524
February 12, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm
415 N Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
February 13, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 pm
750 Main St., Grand Junction, CO 81501
February 14, 2018
4:00 – 5:30pm
R Space Coworking at The Leland House and Rochester Hotel
726 E 2nd Ave., Durango, CO 81301
February 15, 2018
6:00 – 8:00pm
Infozone News Museum Theater, 4th floor, Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library
100 E Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004
What’s Your Go Code Fantasy Team?
Unlike fantasy football, your Go Code Colorado team isn’t imaginary. And, you don’t have to participate in a complicated draft to pick your best players. (Yep, we’re gonna keep going with this Super Bowl/football theme.) It takes a talented and diverse team to win Go Code Colorado, and the cool thing is, you can start to build your dream team now. Yes, you can get your team together even before we announce this year’s challenge. You can also attend the Kick-off, any Road Show Events and even wait until Challenge Weekend to find a team to join or look for team members to add to your team.
To help you get started, here are a few tips for putting together a winning team:
Think “multidisciplinary and diverse.” There’s a lot of public data out there. The Go Code Colorado data team works hard to make the data sets easier to find and easier to use. But, it still takes a strong mix of skills, perspectives and creative ideas to turn that data into insights for Colorado businesses.
Say it again! We really can’t emphasize this enough—it takes all kinds of people to build a winning entry for Go Code Colorado. To be successful, your Go Code Colorado team should have all the skill sets found in big thinkers, entrepreneurs, software developers, data analysts and scientists, designers, business people, marketers, and, don’t forget the general doers—you’re going to need those too. Successful team members share a passion for unlocking the power of public data sets from sources as diverse as the Colorado Department of Transportation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Colorado Department of Human Services. These successful teams use that data to build something new that helps Colorado businesses grow and thrive.
You can get started now.
Form a local team. Network through your own circles-from your day job to volunteering to hobbies-and don’t forget LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Attend a local Road Show event and look for team members or a team to join.
Sign up to participate in Challenge Weekend. We’ll provide access to Go Code Colorado #Slack and the #findateam channel. You can offer your skills to an existing team or look for team members to fill in that skills gap on your team.
Show up (but don’t forget to sign up—see above). You can come to Challenge Weekend with your idea and maybe some code and look for team members there. You can come to Challenge Weekend with no team and no idea and join a team there. Be ready to tell the teams at Challenge Weekend the skills you bring to the table.
Reach out. Email Go Code organizer, Heather Stafford, if you’re wondering how you can be a valuable part of a team but don’t know where to start.
SAVE THESE DATES TOO!
At the end of Challenge Weekend, two teams from each location will move on to an exclusive Mentor Weekend. They’ll also present their final Go Code Colorado entries at the Final Competition Event, where we pick the winners. If you’re planning to be one of the rock star 10 finalists from Challenge Weekend (we know you are!), put this on your calendar now:
April 27 – 29, 2018
Two teams from each Challenge Weekend location will move on to an exclusive Mentor Weekend, where they’ll work with some of the sharpest and most-accomplished entrepreneurs and technologists to improve their ideas.
Final Competition Event
June 7, 2018 6:00pm
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seawell Ballroom
1101 13th St, Denver, CO 80204
An evening to celebrate the best of Colorado: collaboration, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit. Come see how the 10 finalist teams turned public data into business insights!
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