App developers compete in state competition

A team that created an application to notify travelers of delays along Interstate Highway 70 in Colorado and direct them to businesses offering them discounted products and services while they wait placed first in a regional competition hosted at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction.

The center was one of five locations in Colorado for the GOCode challenge  for application developers, designers, programmers and entrepreneurs to come up with ways to make state government data more accessible and useful for citizens.

Collaborating with and the state, the center hosted 21 competitors who formed a total of four teams.

The winning team created an app connecting the Colorado Department of Transportation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and businesses in notifying travelers of traffic- and weather-related delays on I-70 and directing them to businesses offering discounts to them while they wait.

The second-place team created an app to help employers find qualified students for employment and internships based on available data, shared experiences and university faculty.

The other two teams created apps that make business data provided to the state more accessible and provides incentives for hikers to visit certain areas by offering virtual geo caches with rewards from local businesses.

The top two teams from Grand Junction and  each of the other four locations qualified to advance to a final competition scheduled for May 21 in Denver. The winner will receive $25,000 to implement and support its application.