TECH RESOURCES FOR GO CODE COLORADO TEAMS

Go Code Colorado’s data and tech partners are providing free additional technical resources for teams to use as they turn public data into useful business insights and tools. In addition to tech credits with cool software and platforms, these resources include human capital: people—mentors and developer evangelists. In the second section find access to other data portals,and API’s.


–IN-KIND Tech Resources–

BOULDER INSIGHT

Tableau specialists make stunning Purpose – Data Story – Attraction (PDA™) dashboards using time-tested processes. Boulder Insight’s group of Tableau Sherpas and Tableau Ninjas is an unrelenting force with a keen eye for the truth behind the raw numbers. Since 2008, they’ve been trusted to ninja our way past the toughest data that businesses send our way, and they’re here to help Go Code Colorado competitors learn some of these fun skills.

Boulder Insight providing:

  • In person support at Challenge Days! Boulder Insight is sending their favorite Colorado Boulder Insight connoisseur to run a workshop, it’s gonna be great.

How to Get/Use It:

  • Since Boulder Insight is all about Tableau, the best way to ask a question is to navigate to the Go Code Colorado #tableau Slack Channel and ping Heather
  • Of course, also be sure to attend Challenge Day to learn how to maximize your Tableau Ninja skills in the on-site worksession or come prepared with questions to ask a mentor.

DIGITALOCEAN

DigitalOcean is the cloud of choice for developers around the world to create modern applications. With a community of more than 3.5 million developers and a global network of data centers, we focus on open source and simplicity to allow developers and their teams to spend more time on innovation instead of managing complex infrastructure.

DigitalOcean is providing the following tech tools:

  • $250 of DigitalOcean credit per competition team. Good for usage towards servers, storage, or networking. Credits will expire 1 year after issue.
  • Two competition winners will receive an additional $250 of DigitalOcean credit per team member. Credit will expire 1 year after issue.
  • In person support at Challenge Days! DigitalOcean is sending a Developer Advocate to run a workshop on infrastructure and DevOps, and of course bring along some excellent DigitalOcean SWAG!! 

How to Get/Use It:

  • Sign up for a free team account.
  • To have the credit applied go to the Go Code Colorado #digitalocean Slack Channel to gain access
  • Deploy your application right to a server or Kubernetes cluster
  • For more information, visit https://www.digitalocean.com or follow @digitalocean on Twitter

DITILLO CONSULTING

Ditillo Consulting helps Agile development teams work collaboratively and effectively while delivering best in class products that we are all proud of.

Ditillo Consulting is providing:

  • In person support at Challenge Days! Ditillo Consulting agile connoisseur is coming to run a workshop designed to help your team scope, plan and maintain focus on your goal of winning Go Code Colorado.
  • All resources agile-central – multitudes of freemium and open source tools exist to enable your inner scrum-master, and like anything ‘open and free’ the value is in how you use it. 

How to Get/Use It:


GITHUB

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 January 1, 2020, and you are interested in starting to post your code before Challenge Days 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 and documentation 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, your elected team rep will receive an email 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 to ask an expert any questions you may have.

>>BONUS RESOURCES

The official Go Code Colorado Knowledge Base is housed in the Go Code Colorado GitHub organization, 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.


GOOGLE 

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. One way Google achieves this is by providing tools for developers to create better products around data, such as Firebase. Firebase is Google’s mobile and web platform that helps businesses grow quickly and develop high-quality apps. Representatives from Firebase will be at Go Code Colorado to show you how to get up and running quickly with Firebase, making it easier to build your app, use tools for data driven quality enhancements, and reach your users.

Google is providing:

  • In person support at Challenge Days! Google is sending a Developer Programs Engineer to run a workshop on using Firebase for developments (i.e. database, file storage, machine learning), user analytics and growth. 
  • SWAG! Get the latest greatest Google swag from Go Code Colorado’s favorite Google DevRel team member!

How to get your questions answered:

  • Have questions? Hop into the Go Code Colorado #google Slack Channel to ask an expert any questions you may have, and attend Challenge Day to learn how to make the most out of your Google infrastructure.

NAME.COM

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

Name.com is providing the following tech tools:

  • Easy and free domain name registration:
  • >  .LIVE   > .ROCKS  > .NINJA   > .NEWS >   .SOCIAL > .VIDEO   > .STUDIO > Many others!
  • Easy and free website hosting:
  • One year free hosting and a few other bonus discounts!

How to Get/Use It:


TABLEAU

Tableau is the leader in Data Visualization. When it comes to elevating people with the power of data, only Tableau combines a laser focus on how people see and understand data with the kind of robust, scalable platform you need to run even the world’s largest organizations. Learn more about how the Tableau platform helps you turn your data into insights that drive action—while making your IT team happy, too.

Tableau is providing the following tech tools:

  • Three months of free access to FREE Tableau Individual Licenses for all competition team members for the duration of the GoCode Challenge (up to 100 licenses) February through April of 2020.
  • Tableau Individual License include Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep Builder which allow users to Embed their Analytics using an iFrame from Tableau Public.
    • Note – Analytics Track competitors can embed Tableau as part of their final submission, but App Track competitors making a commercially available product should use Tableau predominantly as part of their data discovery process

How to Get/Use It:

  • Upload data, style it and then publish an iFrame or shareable link.
  • Tell data stories and perform complex analyses using multiple layers in a single frame, customize queries and css styles all in one access point.
  • Navigate to the Go Code Colorado #tableau Slack Channel to gain access

— IN-KIND DATA ACCESS —

DATA.WORLD

data.world is providing:

  • Tutorial sessions during challenge days on how to best utilize data.world’s free resources and what paid access to data.world looks like
  • Support via Slack #data-world from the Grand Junction Kickoff to the Final Event

 

How to Get/Use It:

  • Go join the Go Code Colorado #data-world Slack Channel
  • Go to data.world, click “Login”, and sign up for the data.world
  • Fill out the Google Form pinned to the channel
  • Attend the data.world info session at a Challenge Day
  • Reach out to data.world employees through the Go Code Colorado #data-world Slack channel

TWITTER

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 joined together in 2018 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:

 

 


–Additional Data Resources–

U.s. Patent and Trade Office

Intellectual property data is often an early indicator of meaningful research and development (R&D). The U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) has a mountain of scientific knowledge in the millions of patent applications they receive. This is no accident—it’s part of the fundamental bargain in the Progress Clause of our Constitution. In exchange for disclosing the  invention to the public, including what it is and how it works, the inventor gets exclusive rights for a limited period of time. One of the most innovative products to date from USPTO is their Open Data Portal, including an API catalog, USPTO data visualizations and the USPTO Developer Page. All are designed to derive new and sustainable ways to expose data and provide a platform to get data “faster and easier.” The goal is to combine this data with other data, such as economic data, report data on filings rates, inventorship, assignee  and location of filing to illuminate compelling new trend lines and insights. This platform lets people dive into what very well may be the world’s largest repository of data on innovation and R&D technology trends. By harnessing the power of patent data, the USPTO hopes to better arm those looking to innovate and create by having better access to what’s come before—what’s worked commercially and what hasn’t—to empower a more innovative society.

The USPTO has many data resources for citizens and Go Code Colorado participants to peruse and use.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory PUBLIC APIs

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides energy data via an API at https://developer.nrel.gov/. Anyone may access and use these web services by signing up for a free API key. Information provided includes data related to energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy technologies in residential and commercial buildings, services associated with the costs, generation, transmission, delivery and monitoring of electricity, and access to NREL wind datasets and models. Users may also access the complete alternative transportation technology datasets, which include station locations and transportation laws and incentives, and a number of solar resource data and models, including real-time installation data. NREL’s State and Local Energy Data (SLED) tool gives comprehensive energy use and activity data based on a city name or ZIP code.  SLED output is derived from a number of sources listed on the Data Sources tab of the tool. These sources provide data that includes utility rates and averages, fuel sources, consumption trends, state and local policies, and demographic and housing data.

The data resources from NREL are free and available to anyone who requests an API key.

Drcog regional data catalog

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) has made the Regional Data Catalog available to house a variety of datasets curated for the needs of planners and economic developers in the Denver Metro Area. It focuses on topics in demographics, land use, employment, infrastructure and transportation. Whereas Go Code aims to highlight statewide data wherever possible, there are so many valuable datasets being built for this catalog that it is worth highlighting. You can also look to other collaborating agencies like Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) for data resources or any of the other 14 in the other Colorado Association of Organizations.

Drcog Portal New

COLORADO data engine and the shift research lab

Data available on the Colorado Data Engine is focused on providing neighborhood-scale public data in a standardized, geolocated format. The available datasets are focused on promoting research and civil efforts toward community development and health—the health of the citizens as well as the vibrancy of their environment. Datasets include school measures, health indicators, food deserts and more. Public data for the public good. The Shift Research Lab offers neighborhood-level data and analysis via online platforms, performs objective research to support community change initiatives, and provides technical assistance that helps organizations build their capacity to use data.

 

Data Engine has data resources focused on providing neighborhood scale public data in a standardized, geolocated format.

 

Open colorado

Competing teams may use datasets in addition to those published on the Colorado Information Marketplace. Many are available at OpenColorado, which provides access to crime, financial, health, population, transportation and GIS data from Arvada, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and other jurisdictions. OpenColorado provides a data sharing platform that makes public data available and accessible to all Colorado constituents by allowing any municipality, county, government agency, nonprofit or individual to upload and share open data with the public.

OpenColorado data resources provides access to crime, financial, health, population, transportation, and GIS data from Arvada, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Denver Regional Council of Governments, and other jurisdictions.

RTD Developer resources

Competing teams interested in using transit data in their apps can utilize the available data resources from the Regional Transportation District. The RTD schedule data is available in General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS). RTD provides real-time data feeds for arrival predictions and vehicle locations in GTFS realtime format. RTD GIS data is also available for download. Developers must accept an agreement before downloading  GIS data.

 

See /access-data-cim/

Have questions? Hop onto the #socrata Slack channel to ask an expert any questions you may have.

Other Info Resources:

GitHub>kbase>Tips and Tricks for Using CIM

GitHub>kbase>Quick Steps to Viz with Plotly, Carto, and PowerBI

Ruby Coders:

Colorado Biz Gem GitHub



previous years’ pages

To view previous years’ tech tools for reference, navigate to 2015 API Booklet and the 2016 Data and Tech Resources, 2017 Data and Tech Resources and 2018 Tech Resources pages.