Here they are. The entrepreneurs, data experts, and startup innovators who’ll hear your business concepts, evaluate your apps, and determine which three teams will be awarded $25k to keep their apps and businesses going.
Part 2 tomorrow: Colorado Springs, Denver, and Fort Collins.
Part 3 Friday: Durango and Grand Junction
We consider it an honor to have them oversee the pinnacle of the Go Code Colorado experience. We think you’ll consider it an honor to have them evaluate your work.
Former Chief Data Officer for the State of Colorado and friend of Go Code Colorado from the beginning, Dianna exceeds even Go Code Colorado’s passion for data. This passion has translated into innovative leadership across the tech industry, and has awarded her the 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate and a 2012 CIO 100 Award. The top ten teams will have to have their data ducks in row with Dianna as a judge.
Once you found and scale a $100 million dollar, 40% year-over-year growing, industry-leading secure-access company, people tend to tap you to find out how. And we have him for our finals. In Colorado’s tech entrepreneurial scene, Andre has become as known for his executive leadership wisdom as he has for his tech startup chops. Go Code Colorado teams need to really bring it for Andre. As he puts it, his “purpose isn’t a casual pursuit, it’s to build the worlds leading identity company, to enable, protect and defend identity, and to secure the Internet.” Expect no less a standard from his approach to your app and business ideas.
Nicole returns as Go Code Colorado judge with another year of forging new ground as an author and startup advisor. Nicole puts her PhD in neuroscience to use by seeing how human behavior, decision theory, and systems theory effects businesses. Combine that with her experience building and selling a medical device distribution company that managed millions of dollars in spinal implant inventory and you’ve got a judge who can probe the inner workings of your app’s potential to meet the needs of businesses like none other in Colorado.
Scroll through Sue’s LinkedIn profile and you’ll find nothing short of a startup menagerie that positions her as maybe the most experienced judge Go Code Colorado has: Founder… CEO… Advisor… Chief/President/EVP… Board Member… Professor… Mentor. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Sue described her success being due in large part to her “innate drive to move walls… with very little concession to fear, doubt or hesitation.” We think just having Sue involved with Go Code Colorado will help disseminate some of this to the competing teams, and when you stand in front of her in May, we recommend bringing more than a little of the same.
Winner of ComputerWorld’s 2015 Premier100 Leaders and 2014 CIO 100 Award from IDG, Suma has brought insights from the business world to help Colorado develop IT solutions that are meaningful and relevant. Who better to judge the relevance of how your app will use public data to help businesses make decisions? Suma holds a master’s degree in nuclear physics from the Andhra University India, as if the Go Code Colorado competition needed any more heat.