Participant Rules

The following is from the previous competition.

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Go Code Colorado CHALLENGE: 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,



  • To enter the Go Code Colorado Challenge, log on to, 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 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 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 $25,000. The odds of winning depend on the number of registered participants.
  • By participating in the Go Code Colorado Challenge, you agree to adhere to these Official Participant Rules, the terms and restrictions provided herein, and Go Code Colorado’s Release. By participating, participants further agree to Go Code Colorado’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, available at
  • 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



Key Events


Kickoff 2018

February 7, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Challenge Weekend

April 13-15, 2018

Mentor Weekend

April 27-29, 2018

Final Event

June 7. 2018 @ 6:00 PM

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