Secretary Williams announces 2016 Go Code Colorado challenge winners

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, and members of three winning teams that competed in the Go Code Colorado challenger. (SOS photo by Judd Choate)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, and members of the winning teams that competed in the Go Code Colorado challenge take the stage at the Seawell Ballroom Thursday night in Denver . (SOS photo by Judd Choate)

Have you ever hired someone who looked great on paper but once in the job, not so much?

There’s an app for that.

Dalton Patterson and his family had plenty to cheer about after his team, Hively, was one of the winners at the Go Code Colorado challenge Thursday night. From left to right: Amberleigh, 11 months behind held by her dad, Dalson, 7, Dayton, 9 and Amber Patterson. (SOS photo)
Dalton Patterson and his family had plenty to cheer about after his team, Hively, was one of the winners at the Go Code Colorado finale. From left to right: Amberleigh, 11 months, and her dad; Dalson, 7; Dayton; 9 and Amber Patterson. (SOS photo)

One of the award winners in this year’s Go Code Colorado challenge was Hively, a Colorado Springs team that created a platform for companies to connect with potential employees based on personality match.

“We plan to revolutionize the way companies hire,” said Dalton Patterson of Hively. “Hively finds talent you need with personality that fits.”

Go Code Colorado is a statewide business app challenge housed in Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office.

The award-winning challenge — the first and only statewide effort of its kind — brings together a community of entrepreneurs, business partners and software developers to use public data to solve business problems.

“This year’s challenge was the best yet,” said Andrew Cole, the program manager for Go Code Colorado. “The ideas and presentations were powerful examples of the value of public data when put in the hands of creative technologists.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is flanked by his legislative director, Tim Griesmer, and Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is flanked by his legislative director, Tim Griesmer, and Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver. (SOS photo)

The host of Thursday’s night finale, Jared Ewy, pointed out that the secretary’s initials, WWW, are perfect for a tech event. Williams’ middle name is Warren, although Ewy thought it should be “WuzUp?”

In addition to Williams, Natalie Harris, the senior policy adviser for data-driven government at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressed the crowd.

Family, friends, data geeks and entrepreneurs  gathered at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Center to see the 10 finalist teams present their app ideas.

The three winning teams each receive $25,000. The other winners were Foodcaster, a Denver team, and Regulation Explorer from Fort Collins.

Foodcaster helps food trucks find the best location to park by informing food truck owners of parking regulations, the amount of foot traffic the area gets, events going on in the area and other beneficial tips through data mined from social platforms and government datasets. Regulation Explorer created a platform that helps energy companies determine the best location sites to drill for oil and gas based on government regulations such as proximity to schools.

Colorado Secretary of State talks to Go Code Challenge judge Dianna Anderson at the judges' table during the event finale Thursday in Denver. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State talks to Go Code Colorado challenge judge Dianna Anderson at the judges’ table during the event finale Thursday in Denver. (SOS photo)

Initially, 35 teams presented their ideas on how to use public data to help business build competitive strategies at weekend competitions in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins and Grand Junction. Williams attended all but the Fort Collins event that kick-off weekend.

The five finale judges were Dianna Anderson, vice president, Global Data Strategy at IQNavigator; Deborah Blyth, chief information security officer for the state of Colorado; Andre Durand, founder, chairman and CEO at Ping Identity Corporation; Nicole Gravagna, PhD, adviser, author and health tech leader; and Sue Heilbronner, CEO at MergeLane.