Go Code kickoff event set for Grand Junction

Jena Griswold

A kickoff event is scheduled in Grand Junction for an annual competition that challenges teams to turn public information into business applications and insights.

The Go Code Colorado kickoff event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Factory coworking space in the Maverick Innovation Center at Colorado Mesa University, 730 Mesa Ave.

“Go Code Colorado
is the nation’s only statewide data competition, bringing entrepreneurs from every corner of our state together to help turn public data into useful tools for businesses throughout Colorado,” said Jena Griswold, Colorado secretary of state.  “I’m looking forward to seeing what the talented teams come up with in the 2020 competition.”

This event is an initiative of the Colorado Secretary of State Business Intelligence Center. The center promotes economic growth by making business data accessible. The center has published more than 292 datasets for public use.

The kickoff event at the Factory will offer information about the challenge statement and an opportunity for participants to find teammates.

Now in its seventh cycle, Go Code Colorado offers competition tracks for business applications and business analytics as well as $15,000 in prize money for four winning teams.

Over the past seven years, Go Code Colorado competitions have attracted more than 900 teams.

The more than 5,000 individual participants have included not only developers and designers, but also entrepreneurs and marketing professionals.

Kathy Keating, co-founder and chief technology officer of Apostrophe, said Go Code Colorado inspires participants to solve problems. “The missions, the social impacts these teams have is awesome,” Keating said. “It’s incredibly inspiring to see the way they take raw public data and turn it into something meaningful to the world.”