Go Code: Grand Junction teams take top honors in competition

Teams from Grand Junction won four of the top six spots as well as prize money in the latest Go Code Colorado competition.

The Health Cares team placed first in the analytics track, while WNV finished third. DevourCO captured second in the applications track and TrailFunds took third. 

In addition, the Health Cares and TrailFunds teams were selected from among the six finalists in the two tracks to win people’s choice awards.

The Colorado Secretary of State Business Intelligence Center hosts the Go Code competition. Participating teams use public data to develop solutions that address issues. 

Teams in the analytics track created white papers and dashboards to turn data into conclusions that could be used to make decisions. 

Teams in the applications track designed functioning applications to turn data into business solutions.

The Health Cares team comprised of Maddie Vickers and Samuel Tufts analyzed the relationships between location variables and chronic illnesses across Colorado.

“This was an incredible experience to work with data analysts from across Colorado and create feasible solutions to some of the problems we are facing in the health care industry,” said Vickers, a student at Colorado Mesa University who served as team leader. “It was thrilling to see so much hard work pay off.”

WNV analyzed the West Nile Virus in Colorado.

Jennifer Streetman joined with Monique Streetman and Dani Ould on DevourCO.

“Our app connects Colorado’s local food producers to consumers who are passionate about food sustainability and quality,” Jennifer Streetman said. “We grow and prepare amazing food on the Western Slope, and we want everyone to be able to find it. We will release our app for the public later this summer.”

TrailFunds, a team of CMU students led by Bryan Wachs, created an app that enables trail users to give back to the organizations that maintain trails. Wachs is entrepreneur in residence at CMU and an executive of several companies, among them QuikRStuff and My Sales Butler.com.

TrailFunds plans to set up a B corporation at the Maverick Innovation Center at CMU to offer an entrepreneurial experience to students. 

The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association and other organizations plan to test the app to bring funding to collect funds for trail networks.