You’ve probably heard us mention that Go Code Colorado is the first of its kind. Yes, there are other government-sponsored apps challenges happening across the world, many of which are creating incredibly useful apps with public data. In that respect we’re happy to be part of a strong and growing movement that joins together technology and government.
But we’re also doing things differently, and we’re excited to see how this kind of event changes the landscape for public apps challenges.
First software challenge at the state level
Go Code Colorado is one of the first apps challenges to occur at the state level, whereas a majority of government apps challenges are created by and for cities and the federal government.
We’re different because we’ve taken a statewide approach to ensure that the winning apps can serve businesses with concerns that may transcend city-specific issues. And our statewide datasets expand the field for possible apps.
The Statewide Effort Actually Includes the Entire State
While Coloradans are all united under the love of our beautiful state, there are regional differences that we don’t want to ignore, which is why we’re holding Challenge Weekends in five cities across the state.
As the capitol and the state’s largest city, Denver will act as the “capitol” of the challenge. The kickoff event and final event will take place in Denver, but we’ve made sure the rest of the state has opportunities to participate as well.
Boulder, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Durango represent Colorado’s diverse communities, each with its own business needs, entrepreneurial spirit, and tech community.
First challenge to focus on the creation of apps for businesses
Most apps challenges focus on consumers or communities, our goal is different as we want to get public data into the hands of our favorite local businesses to help them make smarter decisions.
As we mentioned in our blog post Why We Created Go Code Colorado, over the past couple years we’ve received feedback from the business community that better access to public data could potentially transform the way they do business, and it could help Colorado’s economy grow.
Public-Private Effort Highlights Colorado’s Best Qualities
We’re a passionate people: passionate about the outdoors, sports, local businesses, our communities, and so much more. By joining together public and private interests, we’ve created a project that highlights the spirit of collaboration and entrepreneurship that makes creating and doing business in Colorado so fulfilling.
Colorado is an incubator for entrepreneurial endeavors. Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver, and Grand Junction have been recognized as some of the best cities in the country to launch a startup. Our technology sector is growing rapidly, and innovation and creativity flourish here.
Our main goals are to put public data to use for Colorado businesses and to create apps that help our economy grow. Another driver for us is to help the competing teams become new businesses. So not only are we supporting businesses by building apps to help them grow, we’re also working to create new businesses to make Colorado stronger.