Wednesday marked the end of another successful year for Go Code Colorado, a statewide business app challenge housed in Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office.
After months of preparing, the top 10 teams gave their final pitches to a panel of judges. A member from each team spent five minutes explaining their app idea, followed by a three-minute question-and-answer period.
“I don’t know if this is uniquely Colorado, but it’s the best of Colorado,” Andrew Cole, program manager for Go Code, said after Secretary Williams announced the three winning teams.
The Seawell ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts filled with cheers from the winning team members and their friends and families, and some groans from those who made it as far as the finale but did not win. Some vowed to return next year.
The three teams — Drip, Hud Buddy and Magpie Supply — will each receive $25,000 contract from the state and a sponsor incentive package.
“I continue to be impressed by the creativity and collaboration of the Go Code Colorado teams,” Secretary Williams said. “Teams continue to show the value of public data if we can get it into the hands of innovative and entrepreneurial people who have a different perspective on how to use it.”
Initially 43 teams made up of 240 participants presented their ideas on how to use public data to help business build competitive strategies at weekend competitions all over the state.
“Go Code Colorado participants continue to inspire with what you can accomplish with collaboration and innovation. The 2017 final competition was just the latest example of how creative people with a different perspective can take public data and add value in new and different ways,” Cole said.
The finale judges were: Sandi Mays, CIO and EVP at Zayo Group; Ingrid Alongi, the head of mentor network, Cognizant Accelerator; Nicole Craine, COO of SurveyGizmo; Erik Mitisek, executive director of Project X-ITE and the CIO for the State of Colorado; Joe Thurman, founder and CEO of Jobber Group and JobberTechTalk.com.
Here’s a look at the three winning teams:
Drip is an app designed by a team from Colorado Springs. It streamlines the effort required to track down water sources and environmental data that affects the value of the land.
Hud Buddy, designed by a team from Fort Collins, is an app that developed a solution to perform noise analysis for HUD residential developments, allowing developers to more easily comply with regulations.
Magpie Supply, a Denver team, created a platform to help farmers search historic farmers’ market prices on a map and show farmers various markets in the state to identify new opportunities.
Last year’s winning teams were Foodcaster, an app that helps foodtrucks find the best location to park; Regulation Explorer, an app that helps energy companies determine the best location sites to drill for oil and gas; and Hively, which helps companies to connect with potential employees based on personality.