Go Code Colorado is committed to an open and transparent process. All rules and judging criteria are made publicly available as soon as they are finalized each year.
If you have questions about any of the rules, regulations, or requirements email us anytime.
You must provide a completed and signed Go Code Colorado Terms of Participation and Release Form to
participate in the challenge.
Download this year’s release form by visiting Go Code Colorado 2017 Release Form.
Go Code Colorado Official Participant Rules
The Go Code Colorado Challenge is sponsored by Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, and the State of Colorado, 1700 Broadway Suite 200, Denver CO 80290, gocode.colorado.gov.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED.
- To enter the Go Code Colorado Challenge, log on to gocode.colorado.gov, click on EVENTS, and register to attend one of the five Challenge Weekend events.
- Participants must build a computer application that addresses the business challenge.
- Participants must use at least one dataset that is publicly available on the Colorado Information Marketplace, which can be found at data.colorado.gov. Participants may use private data as well in addition to at least one public dataset.
- Participants may participate in the Challenge Weekend in one of the five Go Code Colorado regions: Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, or Grand Junction.
- The Challenge Weekend will begin on Friday, April 7, 2017, at 6:00 PM MDT and end on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 5:00 PM MDT. Participants must submit their entry by April 9, 2017, at 5:00 PM MDT.
- During Challenge Weekend, at least one team member must be present at each of the designated check-in times during the weekend as follows: Friday, April 7, 2017, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT; Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT; and Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 4:00 PM MDT until the event ends.
- The top two teams from each region during the Challenge Weekend will move on to the Final Competition to compete for three awards.
- A panel of qualified judges, selected by Go Code Colorado, (“Judges”) will review all submissions at the end of the Challenge Weekend and, based on the judging criteria, will choose the top two teams from each region to go on to the Final Competition.
- The top two teams from each region may participate in the Mentor Weekend (a finalist event).
- The top two teams from each region must submit their entries for the Final Competition by May 20, 2017, at 1:00 PM MDT.
- To be eligible to win, the top two teams in each region must attend the Final Competition in Denver, Colorado on May 24, 2017, at 6:00 PM MDT until close, location to be announced on gocode.colorado.gov. The final two teams from each region will pitch their ideas and demonstrate interactive features of the application they built to the Judges.
- Judges, in their sole discretion, will select the winners of the Final Competition based on the judging criteria.
- Winners will be announced at the Final Competition on May 24, 2017.
YOU MAY ONLY COMPETE IF:
- You are an individual legally residing in one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia or you are a corporation, LLC, or other organization that is domiciled in the United States and properly formed at the time of entry.
- You are fourteen years old or older. If you are under eighteen years old, you must identify yourself as a minor and provide proof of parental consent.
- If you are a team, corporation, or nonprofit organization, all individual members must meet the eligibility requirements.
- If you have participated in the Go Code Colorado Challenge previously, you may participate again if you meet all of the other eligibility requirements.
- An individual may join more than one team.
- A team must consist of at least two people.
- You must disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest you have with: (a) an employee of a partner; (b) employees or contractors of Go Code Colorado; (c) the Colorado Department of State; (d) the State of Colorado; (e) competition Judges, their immediate families (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children), and household members (people who share the same residence at least three months out of the year); (f) competition advisors, their immediate families, and household members.
- All programs associated with Go Code Colorado are subject to all applicable United States federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- By participating in Go Code Colorado, you agree to any and all Go Code Colorado rules and procedures and understand and agree that the Judges’ decisions are final and binding on all matters related to the Go Code Colorado Challenge.
- If you are one of the three winners, restrictions may apply. Receipt of an award is contingent upon: (1) the acceptance of a license granted by the Colorado Department of State with the opportunity for an assignment of that intellectual property after one calendar year; (2) the proper registration of your business in the State of Colorado; and (3) your express acknowledgement that all intellectual property created as a result of participation in Go Code Colorado is the property of the Colorado Department of State during the length of the license agreement.
- You have no right, power, or authority to bind Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, and the State of Colorado to the fulfillment of any condition, contract, or obligation or to create any liability binding on Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, and the State of Colorado.
- You may not be an employee or independent contractor of Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, the Business Intelligence Center, or the Offices of the Governor (including, but not limited to, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Office of Information Technology).
- All apps created for the Go Code Colorado Challenge must be newly written. “Newly written” means that the application was not a minimally viable product or completed product and was not commercially available or publicly accessible before February 1, 2017. You may use source code, sample code, libraries, SDKs, and APIs that were publicly available before February 1, 2017.
- Each team must submit the code for their application to a repository on GitHub by 5:00 PM MDT on April 9, 2017, for the Challenge Weekend. The submission must include all source code of the application including CSS.
- Each team must submit the code for their application to a repository on GitHub by 1:00 PM MDT on May 20, 2017, for the Final Competition. The submission must include all source code of the application including CSS.
- The code will be reviewed for technical merit as part of the final judging criteria.
- All materials submitted to Go Code Colorado must be in English.
- Go Code Colorado reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is offensive, as determined by Go Code Colorado, in our sole discretion. Please ensure your entry is appropriate for all viewing audiences.
- Each of the three winners will receive an award at the Final Competition. Winners will be awarded a package including cash award incentives, in-kind offers, investor connections, and a government contract with the Colorado Department of State. Each package is worth an average retail value of ,000. The odds of winning depend on the number of registered participants.
- Go Code Colorado reserves the right to assess your eligibility and compliance with these Official Participant Rules at any point during the event series. If Go Code Colorado requires any assistance in order to assess your compliance, you must promptly provide that assistance. If you do not provide the requested assistance in a timely manner, or if Go Code Colorado has reason to believe that you are not complying with the Official Participant Rules, you may be disqualified, in Go Code Colorado’s sole discretion.
- You will have to sign this release form.
- Go Code Colorado reserves the right to modify the terms of these Official Participant Rules at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion. All notifications and changes to these Official Participant Rules will be posted on gocode.colorado.gov.
REVISED AS OF JANUARY 30th, 2017
GO CODE COLORADO JUDGING CRITERIA
The Challenge is sponsored by Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, and the State of Colorado, 1700 Broadway Suite 200, Denver CO 80290, gocode.colorado.gov.
Below are guidelines for judges in choosing winners of the Go Code Colorado Challenge.
Challenge Weekend judging will be based on the material covered during presentations. In their presentations, Challenge Weekend participants should describe progress made across a range of areas—including strategic planning, market research, design, and coding, as well as others. Judges will take each team’s overall progress into consideration when they apply the judging criteria.
20% of Score
Is the app concept new and different? Does it solve a real problem for business decision-makers?
Teams should clearly show how their idea is new and different from what is currently available in the market and why they believe business decision-makers will use the product.
20% of Score
Is the app feasible? Does the team have the right skills to build this app and gain traction in the market?
At Challenge Weekend, judging will be based on whether app ideas are feasible to implement and whether a working product could be deployed. For the Final Competition, teams must produce a minimum viable product. This means an app that is available to public users. Teams must project the number of possible or likely users. Teams must explain how they would use the winning resources to advance the app and idea, including a sales or marketing strategy.
3.) QUALITY/CODE REVIEW
20% of Score
Is the app well-built? Does it have useful functionality that will be easily adopted by business decision-makers? Will there be any issue scaling based on the technology or the code structure?
Apps are evaluated as-presented at Challenge Weekend, and as-is for the Final Competition. For the Final Competition, a code review is provided by independent analysts and submitted to the judges for their use in determining a quality score. The code review rubric is available here.
10% of Score
Did the team successfully and persuasively explain how their idea will solve a problem for a business decision-maker using public data?
5.) USE OF DATA SOURCES
30% of Score
Has the team added value to the public data and cogently delivered it to a business decision-maker to help with the decision-making process?
By its nature, public data is available to all. Teams must show how they have combined or analyzed the data to create new insights that help a business decision-maker. For the Final Competition, a data evaluation is submitted to the judges for their use in their determining of a data score. The data evaluation rubric is available here.
If you win
Go Code Colorado was built to be better. Better than a hack-a-thon. Better than a startup event. In addition to sparking innovation around open data, we want to deliver real value to Colorado businesses and create a vehicle for entrepreneurs and developers to take part in economic development for Colorado.
That’s why we try to make our events more than energy-drink and pizza-paloozas. Go Code Colorado is offering the Mentor Weekend for our ten finalist teams—an invaluable opportunity to rub elbows and pick the brains of been-there-done-that entrepreneurs and developers. The Mentor Weekend is specially developed to provide teams the opportunity to gain the insight and skills they need to succeed.
And that’s also why we ask a bit more from our winning teams than your typical hack-a-thon or startup event. Some of the most frequently asked questions participants ask us involve the contract terms for accepting the awards. We want to be perfectly clear about life after the competition—life with some financial incentives to keep the apps and businesses running and having the State of Colorado as an invaluable first client.
Each winning team signs a one-year agreement where the State of Colorado grants a license to the winning teams to use the intellectual property developed during the competition. In return, Go Code Colorado asks the winning teams to maintain the software and to provide analytics on how their software is used in return.
Once the year is up, all the intellectual property and software is automatically assigned back to the winning team. But if a winning team is able to raise financing or gross revenues of at least ,000 before the year is up, the intellectual property will be assigned to the team at that time.
We think we’ve struck a good balance with a services agreement that honors the stakeholders who fund Go Code Colorado with one that requires reasonable deliverables, provides flexibility, and that positions a new business for growth.
As always, we welcome your questions and comments. Email us anytime.