There’s an app for that: Colorado’s cool tech challenge

Entrepreneurs, coders and others Wednesday as Go Code Colorado prepares to kick off for the fourth year. (SOS photo)

The enthusiasm this week at the fourth “Go Code Colorado” kickoff reverberated as top tech leaders from across the state discussed how the award-winning program has created a community around entrepreneurship and driven innovation through the use of public data.

“You are part of an exciting thing,” Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams told the crowd at Galvanize in the Golden Triangle.

Simon Tafoya, senior director of policy for Gov. John Hickenlooper, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Go Code Colorado kickoff Wednesday in Denver. (SOS photo)

“You are part of a different type of government, a government that says we want people to have information, and we want to make that information accessible. We use public data throughout this program, and we have wonderful partners throughout state government.”

The secretary mentioned some of last year’s challenge winners, which ranged from an app that helps food trucks figure out where they should locate, to one that helped oil-and-gas companies as they locate wells to minimize  disruptive impact on the surrounding community.

“We had phenomenal issues and suggestions and conceptions and presentations,” Williams said.

The program was developed by the Secretary of State’s office and is overseen by staffer Andrew Cole. Among the awards it has received  is recognition from CIO Magazine, a premier content and community resource for information technology executives and leaders.

For more information on the program — including the dates and cities of the challenges — go to