2016 Data and Tech Resources

This information is provided for reference only. Please navigate to the current Data and Tech Resources page for updates on 2017 resources.

Check out the cool tech tools that our data partners have provided teams for the development of their apps!

Several of our partners are providing additional technical resources, for free, for your use during the challenge. Some are also providing people — mentors and developer evangelists. Some are providing access to their API’s, cloud platforms, or other hosting services. Lastly, some technical resources are available to you from non-sponsoring third parties.

Below you’ll find some details about the tech tools available, and at Challenge Weekend we’ll have the actual API keys or other login information you’ll need to access them (for now, you’ll see placeholders like {usr}{pwd} instead of actual login info). If you’re getting started early, some of these resources might be available early – contact us and we’ll get you set up if the resources you’re after are available.


Build software better, together. Powerful collaboration, code review, and code management for open source and private projects.

GitHub is providing:

  • An Organization account named GoCodeColorado
  • All teams will need to push their code to GitHub using the GoCodeColorado organization account

How to Get/Use It:

  • https://github.com/GoCodeColorado
  • If you are interested in starting to post your code before Challenge Weekend, register your team and get started! After registration you’ll give us the repository name you’d like us to us create in the GoCode GitHub organization and your team member’s GitHub names.
  • Push code up to GitHub.
  • No one will see your code besides Go Code Colorado
  • Have questions? Hop into the GitHub Slack Channel during Challenge Weekend to ask an expert any questions you may have.


GitHub-powered work tracking for teams and open source.

Waffle.io is providing:

  • Pre-populated GitHub Issue cards to help guide you through steps to building something awesome. The cards will take you through a mash up of lean startup and design thinking activities to help you arrive from idea to prototype to a winning solution.
  • Support for how to use Waffle.io, as well as answer questions about Lean Canvas, team dynamics, project managment and workflow.

How to Get/Use It:

  • All GoCode organization repositories will have a badge automatically added to their README. Click on the badge to see your repository’s Waffle.io task board.
  • You can also use the Waffle board to add any to-do’s for your team, build a backlog, and keep in sync when working on the project asynchronously going into Challenge Weekend.
  • Have questions? Hop into the Waffle.io Slack Channel during Challenge Weekend to ask a Waffle expert any questions you may have.


The fastest way to build web and mobile apps for customers, employees, and partners.

Salesforce is providing:

  • Signup for a free Salesforce Developer Edition account and get the flexibility and control to build, scale and manage all of your apps on a single, unified platform.
  • Signup for a Heroku account and deploy apps for free and integrate core platform services such as Heroku Enterprise and Force.com, App Cloud adds new shared identity, data and network services as well as a free, interactive learning environment.

How to Get/Use It:


Delivering your transactional and marketing email through one reliable platform.

SendGrid is providing:

  • A powerful cloud-based solution that sends transactional and marketing email for hundreds of thousands of customers.
  • Cloud-based SMTP provider that allows you to send email without having to maintain email servers.
  • Capacity for scaling the infrastructure, ISP outreach and reputation monitoring, whitelist services and real time analytics.
  • Create reports based on timeframe, email category, ISP, geography, and device-type.

How to Get/Use It:

  • To send email through SendGrid from your code, just change your email configuration to point to our servers and include the credentials for your SendGrid account, and you’re done. If you’re not already sending email from your app, we have a variety of integration options for you.
  • Find developer materials on the web v3 API, the SMTP API, Event Webhook, and programetric parsing.
  • Learn about the wide variety of features in the user guide
  • Have questions? Hop into the SendGrid Slack Channel during Challenge Weekend to ask a Waffle expert any questions you may have.


High Resolution Satellite Imagery from the DigitalGlobe Basemap via DigitalGlobe Cloud Services (DGCS).

Digital Globe is providing:

  • Free access to DigitalGlobe Basemap API for all Challenge Weekend participants
  • 150 million square kilometers of the Earth’s surface in astonishing clarity.Global Coverage, Current imagery, 30-50cm Color imagery, updated annually.

How to Get and Use It:

  • See the Data/Tech organizer at your location to request an <account and credentials>.
  • We provide you with 180-day access tokens, DigitalGlobe Maps API documentation and links to the most popular web map libraries and SDKs to get started.
  • Integrate with and access the web services through our My DigitalGlobe online portal and/or the ArcGIS plug-in ImageConnect
  • All user guides, developer guides, quick start guides can be found here: http://developer.digitalglobe.com/docs/maps-api/
  • View the short video “What is My DigitalGlobe?” for a brief introduction to DigitalGlobe: http://youtu.be/p8cJSACkSA4
  • Have questions? Hop into the Digital Globe Slack Channel during Challenge Weekend to ask an expert any questions you may have.


IBM Global Entrepreneur Program offers startups cloud credits, business mentorship, technical expertise, and go-to-market support.

IBM is providing:

  • Free servers on SoftLayer from April 3rd to May 26th to test and iterate your product
  • Top 3 teams will receive $120k in credits on the IBM Cloud
    • $10k/mo for 12 months
    • Applicable to SoftLayer (servers) and Bluemix (services)
  • All other teams can get $1k/mo for 12 months credits
  • Mentorship at Mentor Weekend.

How to Get/Use It:

  • Credits enable services and servers on the IBM Cloud. IBM SoftLayer servers are built on enterprise-scale data centers and feature virtual machines, bare metal servers, and hybrid cloud solutions.
  • IBM Bluemix offers powerful, open-source technologies in easy to deploy environments to power your apps and expand functionality, including select Watson API’s.
  • Have questions? Hop into the IBM-Softlayer Slack Channel during Challenge Weekend to ask an expert any questions you may have.


location intelligence and visualization engine that empowers you to effortlessly transform data into insights.

CartoDB is providing:

  • Plug in any dataset using an API to create a quick and easy visualization to help you see and explore your data – spatial patterns, trends, clusters, densities, and more.
  • CartoDB can manage a myriad of data files and types, and an extensive library of regularly updated government and social datasets.

How to Get/Use It:

  • Create an account to gain free access, upload data, style it and then publish an iFrame or shareable link.
  • Tell data stories and perform complex spatial analyses using multiple layers in a single map frame, customize queries and css styles all in one access point.
  • Have questions? Hop into the CartoDB Slack Channel during Challenge Weekend to ask an expert any questions you may have.


VIPER is “Video IP Engineering and Research.” This team of software engineers is located in Denver. For a little perspective, software they built moves petabytes of video every day delivered to tens of millions of subscribers.

Comcast VIPER is providing:
Software engineers as programming mentors and technical support on Saturday of Challenge Weekend. Even though their expertise is video IP, these are world-class software engineers, happy to jump in and help with a variety of programming challenges.

How to get/use it:

  • Reach out to them up on twitter @ComcastVIPER
  • Learn about the VIPER culture that keeps an amazing group of talent in one team on the VIPER Stack Overflow Page.
  • Get connected with the diverse and skilled experts at Comcast-VIPER to answer any tech questions you might have at both Challenge Weekend and Mentor Weekend
  • Have questions? Hop into the Comcast Viper Slack Channel during Challenge Weekend to ask an expert any questions you may have.


Open Data Solutions for Data Transparency

Socrata is providing:

  • The SaaS hosting provider for CIM, the Colorado Information Marketplace athttp://data.colorado.gov
  • Access to the the Socrata Open Data API (SODA) http://dev.socrata.com/
  • Access to the Socrata GitHub Site (see How to Get/Use It)
  • Mentorship at Challenge Weekend (Denver)

How to Get/Use It:


Flat-Fee Internet Sales & Marketing Tasks. MozaicTech.com’s platform takes the headache away from building and maintaining a WordPress website, so you can focus on design and important marketing tasks.

MySalesButler.com is providing:

  • Free WordPress Premium Managed Hosting with Divi/Extra Themes, WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, MailChimp, pre-populated plugins, and many more features all in an integrated platform.
  • Free access to Mozaic’s hosting platform to all Challenge Weekend attendees until May 10, 201
  • Free access to Mozaic’s hosting platform to all 10 finalists for the six weeks following Challenge Weekend until June 3, 2016
  • Free access to Mozaic’s hosting platform to the three winning teams of Go Code Colorado 2016 until April 5, 2017.

How to Get/Use It:


The colo_biz gem is a Ruby gem that lets you search the Colorado Business Entities Dataset in CIM by passing arguments to methods which translate your search term(s) into a query. Each search method returns an array of objects with everything that was returned for each business entity as attributes.

How to Get/Use It:

Other Info Resources:

  • The read me also outlines both how to use a custom query method which still returns objects with attributes instead of a hash.
  • The GitHub page has useful examples of how to make some SODA2 queries and how to string those queries together, which can be used for accessing other datasets on CIM.


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