I feel safe in saying that in one form or another, the ripple of COVID-19 has reached into almost every community in Colorado. This has left many of us moving through unfamiliar situations – facing varying levels of uncertainty.
During this time, I have been consistently amazed by the resiliency of our community, the desire to help, and the desire to look forward. As many of you know, out of an abundance of concern for everyone involved in producing and participating in Go Code Colorado, we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.
Here’s the upside. We know you love Go Code Colorado, and you tell us as much! When you talk to us, we want to appropriately respond. For instance, in 2019, based on your feedback we adjusted the competition to have two tracks – our Business Application Track and our Business Analytics Track.
In the past, we have heard from our community that there are additional challenges with the competition that make it less than optimal for all participants. Some indicated that travel across the state that was required to participate was onerous, others felt we could improve participation from business leaders looking to solve real-world problems with public data.
So, what happens now?
We are taking this unintended moment of pause to revisit our program, listen to you, and adjust our 2021 program to make participation better, brighter, and more productive for Colorado businesses.
To start – we want you to tell us what you think. What you really think.
- What works about Go Code Colorado?
- What doesn’t?
- If you participate in other competitions – in person or virtual – what are they and what works/doesn’t work with those competitions?
- What other questions should we be asking?
Throw it all at us – we want to learn as we craft Go Code Colorado to support our state and our businesses, in 2021 and beyond.
In the meantime, remember that you are a part of an inventive community that has chosen to use your talents and passions to strengthen Colorado.
Keep searching for other passionate folks. Keep proposing interesting problems. Keep finding innovation solutions.
And, most importantly, keep us on our toes.
Stay safe everyone,
Business Intelligence Center (BIC) Program Manager