2018 Tech Resources

Go Code Colorado’s data partners are providing free additional technical resources for teams to use as they turn public data into useful business insights and tools. These resources include: people—mentors and developer evangelists—and access to API’s, cloud platforms or other hosting services. Some technical resources are also available to teams from non-partnering 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 the tools (for now, you’ll see placeholders such as {usr}{pwd} instead of actual login info). If you’re getting started early, some of these resources may be available early, so email us, or reach out on the #data channel in slack and we’ll get you set up, if the resources you’re after are available.


better business bureau

Collects and provides free business reviews, and serves as an intermediary between consumers and businesses

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is providing the following tech tools:

  • An API to access BBB information.
  • The API has location information for individual locations (all locations for companies with multiple locations in a city and state) along with a ‘Primary Category’.

How to Get/Use It:


Location intelligence and visualization engine that empowers effortless transformation of data into insights.

Carto is providing the following tech tools:

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

How to Get/Use It:

  • Start by creating 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? Ask us on the #Carto Slack channel during Challenge Weekend. Bonus! Competition winners get one free year of Enterprise Carto.


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

GitHub is providing the following tech tools:

  • An organization account named GoCodeColorado.
  • All teams are required to push their code to GitHub using the GoCodeColorado organization account.

How to Get/Use It:

  • https://github.com/GoCodeColorado.
  • If it is after February 7, 2018, and you are interested in starting to post your code before Challenge Weekend you can use to use the Slackbot in the  “#welcome-and-setup Slack channel” as part of the Go Code Colorado Slack Team. Instructions are pinned to the top. Using the bot will allow you to create your repo directly in the GoCode GitHub organization, and add in your team member’s GitHub names. There you can begin populating your team’s documentation.
  • Push code up to GitHub.
  • You are required to keep your code in your repo, within the Go Code Organization, during the entire competition. From the day you create your repo in the Go Code Organization, no one will see your code aside from Go Code Colorado data team members and organizers. Following the competition, you may leave your code in the repo, or you may remove it.
  • If you choose to leave your code in your repo following the competition, it will remain private for one year following Challenge Weekend. After one year, your elected team rep will receive an email one month before it will become public as part of the collective Go Code Colorado GitHub Organization knowledge base. Contact us via email if you prefer to opt out of the public organization, but we hope you choose to stay and showcase your contribution. This allows us to share the wealth of information and exploration that Go Code participants have put forth in the past, and collectively offers a great view into how prior teams have used public data to deliver business insights.
  • Have questions? Stay tuned to the #github Slack channel during Challenge Weekend to ask an expert any questions you may have.


The Official Go Code Colorado Knowledge Base – aka https://github.com/GoCodeColorado/GoCodeColorado-kbase-public-2018 is housed in GitHub, as are all of the repositories of teams from previous years who have elected to make their work a contribution to the broader knowledge base around finding solutions to business decision-maker challenges through Public Data.


Denver-based domain registrar, web hosting and digital marketing company

Name.com is providing the following tech tools:

  • Easy and free domain name registration (up to 3 domains):

>  .LIVE   >   .ROCKS  >    .NINJA   >   .NEWS   >   .SOCIAL   >   .VIDEO   >   .STUDIO

  • Easy and free website hosting:
    • Three months free hosting.

How to Get/Use It:



Open Data Solutions for Data Transparency

Socrata is providing the following tech tools:

  • The SaaS hosting provider for CIM, the Colorado Information Marketplace at http://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).
  • Technical support on-site at Challenge Weekend (Denver only).

How to Get/Use It:

Other Info Resources:

Ruby Coders:


Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages called “Tweets”. Users can post Tweets, but a user account isn’t required to follow what’s happening. Go Code Colorado and Twitter are joining together this year to provide competing teams with resources to integrate Twitter data into their apps and ideas. Check out the documentation at GitHub>kbase>Walkthrough Twitter.

Twitter is providing the following tech tools:

  • Public API.
  • Twitter Analytics.

How to Get/Use It:

It’s fairly easy to get started with the Twitter API to search, show and automate Tweets.  The first thing you need to do is register. When you have credentials it’s fairly simple to use Twitter developer community tools to enrich your application with messaging automation and live Tweet content.

  1. Register at apps.twitter.com for access credentials.
  2. Review the documentation to find out which APIs/tools might be useful for you.
  3. Go the Data Route:
    1. Search Tweets & Gather Data.
  4. Go the Automation Route:
    1. Listen for Tweets with the Streaming API.
    2. Embed Timelines via the publishing portal.
    3. Post to Twitter.
    4. New Direct Message API for building bots.
  5. Test using Twurl (Twurl GitHub, tutorial, and Quick links).
  6. Move process into your application using some example libraries (t.co/libs).
  7. More Details at the quick links: Twitter APIRest APIAutomation RulesTwitterDev GalleryTwitter LibrariesTwitter AppsTwitter Developer Forums.


GitHub-powered work tracking for teams and open source.

Waffle.io is providing the following tech tools:

  • 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 using Waffle.io, as well as answers to questions about Lean Canvas, team dynamics, project management 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 Slack channel during Challenge Weekend to ask a Waffle expert any questions you may have.

previous years’ pages

To view previous years’ tech tools for reference, navigate to 2015 API Booklet and the 2016 Data and Tech Resources and 2017 Data and Tech Resources pages.


Upcoming Events


Challenge Weekend

April 13-15, 2018

Mentor Weekend

April 27-29, 2018


May 18, 2018 @ 12:00-1:00 pm


May 23, 2018 @ 5:30-6:30 pm


May 24, 2018 @ 5:30-6:30 pm

Final Event

June 7. 2018 @ 6:00 PM

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