Participant Rules

This page provides information about Go Code Colorado 2020 which was canceled due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Check back early 2021 for information about the next Go Code Colorado.

GO CODE COLORADO CHALLENGE: OFFICIAL PARTICIPANT RULES 2020

 

The Challenge is sponsored by Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Secretary of the 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.

REQUIREMENTS TO COMPETE:

  • If you are a team, corporation, or nonprofit organization, all individual members must meet the eligibility requirements.
  • A team must consist of at least two people.
  • A minimum of one person from each team must attend a Challenge Day and register the following with the Go Code Colorado organizers using the Team Registration Form before the end of the Denver Challenge Day on 3/28/2020.
  • A team github repository must be created in the Go Code Colorado organization using the bot in the #welcome-and-setup Slack Channel before the end of day 3/28/2020.
  • You must be 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 must be 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.
  • An individual may join more than one team, and in more than one track. Teams entering both tracks with two clearly distinct separate entries (as defined by different topic areas) is acceptable. Teams entering the same entry in both tracks is not permitted.
  • Sponsors, Mentors, and Judges cannot be a Go Code Colorado competitor.
  • You must disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest you have with: (a) as a sponsor or an employee of a sponsor; (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 mentors, their immediate families, and household members.
  • If you have participated in the Go Code Colorado Challenge previously, you may participate again if you meet all of the other eligibility requirements.

PARTICIPANT DISCLOSURE:

  • By participating in Go Code Colorado, you agree to any and all Official Competition 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.
  • By participating in the Go Code Colorado Challenge, you agree to adhere to these Official Competition Rules, the terms and restrictions provided herein, and signing a Go Code Colorado Release. By participating, participants further agree to Go Code Colorado’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, available at gocode.colorado.gov.
  • You have no right, power, or authority to bind Go Code Colorado, the Business Intelligence Center (BIC), 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).
  • Go Code Colorado reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is offensive, as determined by Go Code Colorado, in its sole discretion.
  • Go Code Colorado reserves the right to assess your eligibility and compliance with these Official Competition 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 Competition Rules, you may be disqualified, in Go Code Colorado’s sole discretion.
  • Go Code Colorado reserves the right to modify the terms of these Official Competition Rules at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice. All notifications and changes to these Official Competition Rules will be posted on gocode.colorado.gov.
  • All programs associated with Go Code Colorado are subject to all applicable United States federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • All materials submitted to Go Code Colorado must be in English or English-based programming languages.
  • In creating their entry, participants must use at least one dataset that is publicly available on the Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM), which can be found at data.colorado.gov. In addition to at least one public dataset from CIM, participants may also use private data (with appropriate use license), public data that does not come from CIM, and open data.
  • All entries created for the Go Code Colorado Challenge should be written for the competition or specifically improved from an existing idea to compete in the competition.  This means that for the Application Track the web or mobile application was not commercially available before January 1, 2020. This means for the Analytics Track the analysis or research had not been published prior to January 1, 2020.
  • All entries will be scored according to the Judging Criteria.

SEMI-FINALS:

  • Participants must submit their Semi-Final entry by 1:00 PM Mountain Time on Friday April 24, 2020, no exceptions.
  • Semi-Final submissions include all materials in the team GitHub repository, a recorded screencast of the presentation using Loom with narrated audio that does not exceed five minutes in length, and the Semi-Final Submission Form.
  • Changes to Semi-Final submissions made after 1:00 pm Mountain Time on Friday April 24, 2020 will not be reviewed by the Semi-Final Judges, no exceptions.
  • These videos may be used by Go Code Colorado for promotional material if deemed appropriate by the Go Code Colorado organization in its sole and exclusive discretion.

FINALS:

  • All Finalist Teams must submit their entries for the Final Competition by 1:00 pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, May 20th 2020, no exceptions.
  • The Finalist Teams in the Application Track must develop a market-relevant web or mobile application, and provide associated code in their designated repository. For Finalist Teams to be eligible to win an award at the Final Competition in the Application Track, the submission must be a minimum viable product (MVP). This means a product that is available for use by public users (or login/testflight information be provided with the final submission).
  • The Finalist Teams in the Analytics Track must produce an analysis that tells a data story, and provide associated code or other documentation to their designated repository. For Finalist Teams to be eligible to win an award at the Final Competition in the Analytics Track, the submission must be digital and publicly accessible. This means it is usable by public consumers on the internet. GitHub Repositories created for Go Code Colorado are private and not publicly accessible.
  • To be eligible to win, the Finalist Teams must attend and present at the Final Competition in Denver, Colorado on May 28th, 2020. Teams must arrive on time for their presentation to the Final Judges, must present to the audience, and stay until the end of the Event to be eligible to win.
  • Each Finalist Team must submit the code and/or related documentation for their entry to a repository on GitHub, within the Go Code Colorado organization, by 1:00 PM Mountain Time on May 20 2019, for the Final Competition, no exceptions. The submission must include all source code and a README file with documentation, a data documentation diagram, Finalist Teams must also complete the Final Submission Form before 1:00 PM Mountain Time May 20, 2019.
  • In addition to the above components of the Final Submission, Finalist teams must provide a link to a publicly accessible Google Slides presentation that will be used at the Final Event. The content of this presentation can be altered after the Final Submission Date, but the URL must remain the same for the Final Event.
  • Each Finalist Team must submit a completed, accurate “Final Competition Acknowledgement and Disclosure of Team Members” form by 5:00 PM MDT on May 20, 2019, for the Final Competition.

 

RULES OF THE COMPETITION PROCESS:

  • Judges, in their sole discretion, will select the winners of the Semi-Final Competition based on the judging criteria, technical evaluation and data evaluation as published on gocode.colorado.gov/judging-criteria. A panel of judges (“Judges”), will be selected by Go Code Colorado organizers.
  • On Thursday April 30, 2020 the Judges will choose twelve (12) Finalist Teams composed of six (6) teams from each track. Semi-Final submissions are judged against submissions of the same competition track. Competition track is defined at Semi-Final submission.
  • The 12 Finalist Teams will move on to the next round of competition (the “Final Event”).
  • Judges, in their sole discretion, will select the winners of the Final Competition based on the judging criteria as published on gocode.colorado.gov/judging-criteria.
  • Winners will be announced at the Final Competition on May 28th, 2020.
  • Winners will receive an award within one month of the Final Competition. The receipt of an award or benefit is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth by Go Code Colorado, the Business Intelligence Center (BIC), the Colorado Department of State, and the State of Colorado, including but not limited to, acceptance of its Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, waivers, and Services Agreement with the State of Colorado, if applicable.
  • Each of the winners of the Final Competition will receive a cash award of $15,000. The odds of winning depend on the number of registered participants.

 

REVISED AS OF March 4, 2020

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