Go Code mentor weekend kicks off at Google

The Google Boulder campus, the host of Go Code Colorado’s 2018 mentor weekend. (Go Code photo)

Go Code Colorado‘s fifth annual mentor weekend kicked off last Friday at the new Google campus in Boulder.

Go Code is a statewide business app challenge housed in the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. The award-winning challenge is the first and only statewide effort of its kind that uses public data to solve business problems. It is overseen by staffer Andrew Cole.

This year’s finalist apps focus on housing development, food trucks, childcare and transportation.

Andrew Cole explaining the 2018 “Go Code challenge coin” to the crowd on Friday. (Go Code photo)

Cole thanked the teams for helping to make public data in Colorado more accessible. He then handed out a “2018 Go Code challenge coin,” similar to challenge coins that military members receive upon finishing boot camp. He explained that the story goes if a military member is caught without his coin, drinks are on that person.

Mentor weekend provides an opportunity for all 10 teams to receive mentorship by leaders from Boom Town AcceleratorCA TechnologiesGoogleHouse of GeniusTwitter and other minds from Colorado’s tech and entrepreneurial community.

This years competition kicked off Feb. 7 in Denver. In attendance were Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his predecessor, Scott Gessler, who was in office when the Go Code Colorado challenge began, as well as various SOS staffers and Colorado lawmakers.

The challenge weekend began April 13 in five cities statewide: Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Grand Junction and Fort Collins. Two teams from each location were named finalists, awarded $2,500 each and headed to Boulder for mentor weekend April 27-29.

The final 10 teams are:

The ten finalist teams at the Go Code mentor weekend kickoff. (Go Code photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS-

Abodio aims to simplify and streamline the process of planning and building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) for homeowners and contractors by creating a comprehensive database of building codes, zoning laws, ordinances and individual parcel data related to ADUs.

Foodu is building a marketplace in which food trucks, venues and consumers can connect with each other, faster and more easily.

DENVER-

TotSpots provides insights to childcare owners and operators for business development.

WaffleFarms empowers local agricultural organizations addressing food insecurity in urban areas by providing data-driven insights to inform key decisions surrounding land access, community needs and funding.

DURANGO-

Felix identifies communities compatible for people living with specific disabilities through community health heat maps.

FLC Design assists businesses in navigation of state-funded financial incentives for transitioning vehicle fleets to financially-advantageous alternative-fuel vehicles.

FORT COLLINS-

Carbos uses Blockchain technology and public data to bring the carbon trading marketplace to local communities.

TradeUp connects local employers with trade schools to improve the post-secondary-education-to-employee pipeline, while concurrently providing schools with consistent relationships to keep curriculum current to industry needs.

GRAND JUNCTION-

Business Incentive connects businesses to funding sources from city, county, state and federal levels.

Glass Roots provides visual insights for last-mile providers of broadband design and deployment.

These 10 finalist teams will meet again to further develop their insights and tools in preparation for the final competition June 7 at the Denver Performing Arts Center. During the final event, three winning teams will be selected by a panel of judges to receive $15,000 per team.

And you can be there to see it all. Register for free at http://gocode.colorado.gov/events/final-event-2018/.

Last year, the three Go Code winning teams were

Drip, 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, 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.