Participant Rules

This page provides information about Go Code Colorado 2019. Check back early 2020 for information about the next Go Code Colorado.

GO CODE COLORADO CHALLENGE: Official Participant Rules 2019

The Challenge is sponsored by Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Secretary of the State, and the State of Colorado, 1700 Broadway Suite 200, Denver CO 80290, gocode.colorado.gov.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED.

OVERVIEW:

  • To enter the Go Code Colorado Challenge, log on to gocode.colorado.gov, and register to attend one of the Challenge Day events.
  • Participants must submit an entry that uses public data to assist with a business decision-making process.
  • In creating their entry, participants must use at least one dataset that is publicly available on the Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM), which can be found at data.colorado.gov.  In addition to at least one public dataset from CIM, participants may also use private data (with appropriate use license), public data that does not come from CIM, and open data.
  • Teams are encouraged (but not required) to work on their idea leading up to Challenge Day, and show up to Challenge Day prepared to work on their idea. A minimum of one person from each team must attend Challenge Day and register their team name, GitHub repository and Semi-Final Competition location with the Go Code Colorado organizers.
  • All teams must complete the “Virtual Checkpoint” form after Challenge Day and before Semi-Final submission.
  • Western Slope (Grand Junction) participants must submit their Semi-Final entry by Monday April 15, 2019  by 5:00 PM MDT, and Front Range (Denver) participants must submit their Semi-Final entry by Monday April 22, 2019 by 5:00 PM MDT. Semi-Final submissions include all materials in the team GitHub repository in addition to “Virtual Presentation” of recorded screencast of presentation slides with narrated audio.
  • A panel of judges (“Judges”), will be selected by Go Code Colorado organizers. Judges, in their sole discretion, will select the winners of the Semi-Final Competition based on the judging criteria, technical evaluation and data evaluation as published on gocode.colorado.gov/judging-criteria.
  • On Friday May 3, 2019 the Judges will choose twelve (12) finalist teams (“Finalist Teams”), three (3) Semi-Final lists from each track (2) from each region (2).  Semi-Final submissions are judged against other teams who submitted from the same region and same competition track. Competition location is defined on Challenge Day, competition track is defined at Semi-Final submission by following submission instructions for each track.
  • The 12 Finalist Teams will move on to the next round of competition (the “Final Competition”) and be judged irrespective of initial competition region.
  • The 12 Finalist Teams are eligible to receive personalized mentor support as coordinated by Go Code Colorado organizers.
  • All Finalist Teams must submit their entries for the Final Competition by 4:00 PM MST Monday, May 20, 2019.
    • The Finalist Teams in the Product track must develop a market-relevant web or mobile application, and provide associated code in their designated repository. For Finalist Teams to be eligible to win an award at the Final Competition in the “Product Track”, the submission must be a minimum viable product (MVP). This means a product that is available for use by public users (or login/testflight information be provided with the final submission). Full submission requirements are found in the Rules and detailed in the “Product Track” Judging Criteria https://gocode.colorado.gov/rules/judging-criteria/
    • The Finalist Teams in the “Analytics  Track” must produce an analysis that tells a data story, and provide associated code or other documentation to their designated repository. For Finalist Teams to be eligible to win an award at the Final Competition in the “Analytics Track”, the submission must be  digital and publicly accessible. This means it is usable by public consumers on the internet. Full submission requirements are found in below in the Rules and detailed in “Analytics Track” Judging Criteria https://gocode.colorado.gov/rules/judging-criteria/
  • To be eligible to win, the Finalist Teams must attend and present at the Final Competition in Denver, Colorado on Thursday May 30, 2019. Teams must arrive no later than 4:00 PM MST and stay until the winning teams (“Winners”) are announced.
    • The Finalist Teams in the “Product Track” must present their work to a group audience in a 5 minute pitch presentation and answer questions from Judges for up to 5 minutes.  
    • The Finalist Teams in the “Analytics  Track” must present their work through a tabletop demo with 5 minute data story and answer questions from Judges for up to 5 minutes.
  • Judges, in their sole discretion, will select the winners of the Final Competition based on the judging criteria as published on gocode.colorado.gov/judging-criteria.
  • Winners will be announced at the Final Competition on May 30, 2019.

YOU MAY ONLY COMPETE IF:

  • You are an individual legally residing in one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia or you are a corporation, LLC, or other organization that is domiciled in the United States and properly formed at the time of entry.
  • You are fourteen years old or older. If you are under eighteen years old, you must identify yourself as a minor and provide proof of parental consent (NOTE this link is for 2018 — update to 2019 coming soon).
  • If you are a team, corporation, or nonprofit organization, all individual members must meet the eligibility requirements.
  •  If you have participated in the Go Code Colorado Challenge previously, you may participate again if you meet all of the other eligibility requirements.

RULES:

  • An individual may join more than one team, and in more than one track. Teams entering both tracks with two clearly distinct separate entries (as defined by different topic areas) is acceptable. Teams entering the same entry in both tracks is not permitted.
  • A team must consist of at least two people.
  • You must disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest you have with: (a) an employee of a sponsor; (b) employees or contractors of Go Code Colorado; (c) the Colorado Department of State; (d) the State of Colorado; (e) competition Judges, their immediate families (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children), and household members (people who share the same residence at least three months out of the year); (f) competition mentors, their immediate families, and household members.
  • All programs associated with Go Code Colorado are subject to all applicable United States federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • By participating in Go Code Colorado, you agree to any and all Go Code Colorado rules and procedures and understand and agree that the Judges’ decisions are final and binding on all matters related to the Go Code Colorado Challenge.
  • Winners will receive an award within one month of the Final Competition. The receipt of an award or benefit is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth by Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, and the State of Colorado, including but not limited to, acceptance of its Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, waivers, and Services Agreement with the State of Colorado, if applicable.
  • You have no right, power, or authority to bind Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, and the State of Colorado to the fulfillment of any condition, contract, or obligation or to create any liability binding on Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, and the State of Colorado.
  • You may not be an employee or independent contractor of Go Code Colorado, the Colorado Department of State, the Business Intelligence Center, or the Offices of the Governor (including, but not limited to, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Office of Information Technology).
  • All entries created for the Go Code Colorado Challenge should be written for the competition or specifically improved from an existing idea to compete in the competition.  This means that for the “Product Track” the web or mobile application was not commercially available before February 20, 2019. This means for the “Analytics Track” the analysis or research had not been completed and published prior to February 20, 2019.  
  • Each Semi-Finalist team must submit the code and/or related documentation for their entry to a repository on GitHub, within the Go Code Colorado organization, by 5:00 PM MDT on April 15, 2019 (GJ) and April 22, 2019 (Den), for the Semi-Final Review. The submission must include all source code and related documentation of the entry, and a recorded video of the powerpoint slides with narrated audio.
    • Semi-final video presentation must be a maximum of 5 minutes, and follow the template and technology established for each track for submission as outlined in GoCodeColorado GitHub Knowledge Base Semi-Final Submission Guidelines. These guidelines outline the tools to record audio and slides using specified recording software intended to create standardization in the format of submissions. These videos may be used by Go Code Colorado for promotional material if deemed appropriate by the Go Code Colorado organization.
  • Each Finalist Team must submit the code and/or related documentation for their entry to a repository on GitHub, within the Go Code Colorado organization, by 3:00 PM MDT on May 20, 2019, for the Final Competition. The submission must include all source code and a README file with documentation, and where relevant the submission should also include a  data architecture diagram. Details for submission are outlined in GoCodeColorado GitHub Knowledge Base Final Submission Guidelines.
  • Each Finalist Team must submit a completed, accurate Final Competition Acknowledgement and Disclosure of Team Members  form (NOTE this link is for 2018 — update to 2019 coming soon) by 5:00 PM MDT on May 20, 2019, for the Final Competition.
  • The submission will be reviewed for technical merit as part of the final judging criteria.
  • All materials submitted to Go Code Colorado must be in English.
  • Go Code Colorado reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is offensive, as determined by Go Code Colorado, in our sole discretion. Please ensure your entry is appropriate for all viewing audiences.

CONSUMER DISCLOSURE:

  • Each of the winners of the Final Competition will receive a cash award of $15,000. The odds of winning depend on the number of registered participants.
  • By participating in the Go Code Colorado Challenge, you agree to adhere to these Official Participant Rules, the terms and restrictions provided herein, and signing a Go Code Colorado Release (NOTE this link is for 2018 — update to 2019 coming soon). By participating, participants further agree to Go Code Colorado’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, available at gocode.colorado.gov.
  • Go Code Colorado reserves the right to assess your eligibility and compliance with these Official Participant Rules at any point during the event series. If Go Code Colorado requires any assistance in order to assess your compliance, you must promptly provide that assistance. If you do not provide the requested assistance in a timely manner, or if Go Code Colorado has reason to believe that you are not complying with the Official Participant Rules, you may be disqualified, in Go Code Colorado’s sole discretion.
  • Go Code Colorado reserves the right to modify the terms of these Official Participant Rules at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion. All notifications and changes to these Official Participant Rules will be posted on gocode.colorado.gov.

 

REVISED AS OF FEBRUARY 18, 2019

 

 

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