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. These resources include: people—mentors and developer evangelists—and access to other data portals, API’s, cloud platforms or other hosting services.

Reach out on the #data channel in slack and we’ll get you set up, if the resources you’re after are available.

Go Code Colorado organizers are pleased to offer additional data resources for Go Code Colorado participants. There are many data resources available that can be used with Colorado state public data to create useful business insights and tools. We encourage you to attend a Go Code Colorado event and meet the Go Code Colorado data team to learn more about these resources and how they could help you.


–Tech Resources–

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:


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:

  • If it is after February 20, 2019, 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 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 Day. 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 to ask an expert any questions you may have.


The Official Go Code Colorado Knowledge Base – aka 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.

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



Tableau helps people see and understand data.

Tableau is providing the following tech tools:

  • Details coming soon!

How to Get/Use It:

  • Details coming soon!


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:

To get started with the Twitter API to search, show and automate Tweets., the first thing step is to register. These credentials can be used use Twitter developer community tools to enrich your application with messaging automation and live Tweet content.

  1. Register at for access credentials.
  2. Review the documentation to find out which APIs/tools might be useful for you.
  3. Go the Data Route (Analytics Track):
    1. Search Tweets & Gather Data.
  4. Go the Automation Route (Product Track):
    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 (
  7. More Details at the quick links: Twitter APIRest APIAutomation RulesTwitterDev GalleryTwitter LibrariesTwitter AppsTwitter Developer Forums.


Open Data Solutions for Data Transparency

Tyler Tech. is providing the following tech tools:

How to Get/Use It:

Ruby Coders:


GitHub-powered work tracking for teams and open source. 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, 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 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.
  • Have questions? Hop into the #waffle Slack channel to ask a Waffle expert any questions you may have

–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 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.


Other Info Resources:

Ruby Coders:

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.


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