What a weekend, Colorado. Almost 200 people and over 35 teams participated in Go Code Colorado’s 2016 Challenge Weekend in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins and Grand Junction. Teams spent the weekend in intense and focused environments drawing up or fine-tuning their business and app ideas that make meaningful use of public data.
Some participants came alone to join teams, some teams came fully formed, and some came looking for new talent. They stayed late and arrived early, squeaking markers across white boards, clacking out code on keyboards, and asking for guidance from mentors for their technology, business models, and legal questions.
Breakfast burritos, fresh chicken wings, barbecue, ice cream, coffee and more coffee fueled the teams in our host locations: The Business Incubator in Grand Junction, Commons on Champa in Denver, Durango Space in Durango, Epicentral in Colorado Springs, and Galvanize in Fort Collins.
Our judges at all five locations saw impressive, polished presentations from each team. “I was impressed,” said Denver judge and CEO/Founder of Spire Digital Michael Gellman. “The way these teams envisioned how to use public data was highly creative. It should send a message to everyone that a strong open data environment is good for Colorado.”
And now, presenting the ten finalist teams:
Colorado Springs Challenge Weekend Finalists
Hively is a platform that connects employee personalities with business cultures. Hively is a fresh approach to the employment process that enables businesses to make better hiring “fits” without spending costly time and resources.
Get Routed is an app that creates safe and effective cycling routes for Colorado athletes.
Denver Challenge Weekend Finalists
Foodcast wants to help 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.
Locavore is an application that connects local farmers with consumers. It is helping to solve the food desert problem by identifying locations with little access to healthy food using data from the state of Colorado.
Durango Challenge Weekend Finalists
StartUpIn.co is a simple-to-use web portal that allows anyone to create a new business in Colorado. It has contextual and relevant advice driven by the user’s input.
HomePowerDirect is a solar marketplace with education and guided data-gathering for customers, system sizing, automated bidding, and market intelligence for equipment providers.
Fort Collins Challenge Weekend Finalists
SWO is an application mapping verified women-owned businesses using data from the Business Entities and Trade Names databases.
Energy Tech is a surface regulation navigator for oil and gas drilling sites.
Grand Junction Challenge Weekend Finalists
Help a Rider Out connects riders with current information about conditions so they have a safe, enjoyable ride.
dID (digital ID) reinvents the business card for the digital age through an app with endless customization and huge opportunities for businesses.
All ten finalist teams advance to an expenses paid Mentor Weekend from April 15-17 in Boulder, and then will prepare for the Final Event on Thursday, May 26, at the fabulous Seawell Grand Ballroom in downtown Denver, where the finalist teams will compete for a chance to win one of three $25,000 awards.