Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Go Code Colorado is back for 2016!

Pikr Knows from the 2015 Go Code Colorado
Go Code Colorado has been an incredible addition to Colorado’s thriving tech and innovation community. Go Code is helping Colorado achieve a more meaningful, healthier government and business environment through a number of competitive events that challenge entrepreneurs and developers to build data-savvy apps that help businesses make better decisions. Go Code is an initiative of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Business Intelligence Center, which works to make state-managed, public data more accessible with the help of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology’s Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM) at data.colorado.gov.

Go Code will host its third app challenge in 2016 and we couldn’t be more excited! But first, we thought we would follow up with one of the winning teams from 2015 for a little Q&A. We contacted Jordan Majdolashrafi from the Pikr Knows team who helped develop a tourism app for Colorado residents and visitors that suggests a variety of activities based on the user's needs. Here’s what he had to say about his team’s winning app:

What is the progress of Pikr Knows’ winning app today?

Jordan: We're finishing up the last stages of a mobile version of the app and plan for a release on both iOS and Android. Once the mobile app is online, we plan on taking down the version on our website and focusing purely on a mobile experience.

What’s the coolest thing that has happened to you since winning the 2015 Go Code Colorado?

Jordan: Personally, job offers and a nice salary boost. After winning, I've had several people approach me asking to consult for or join their company. Since Go Code is one of the biggest hackathons in the region and has a good amount of media coverage, it looks really good on a resume.

Editor’s note: Go Code Colorado organizers avoid the “hackathon” label. They call the competition a civic app challenge. Read more about the distinction in this blog post.

What was the biggest challenge Pikr Knows faced during last year’s competition?

Jordan: Team dynamics. Everyone on our team was very talented - however, we couldn't agree on anything and we were constantly stepping on each other's feet. It was easy to get burned out on the project quickly. Now that we've had some time to rest and settle our differences, we are excited to finish up the mobile app.

Do you have any recommendations for next year’s competitors?

Jordan: Yes! Choose your team carefully, you'll spend so much time around them that they'll become family by the end of the competition. Define specific roles for every team member and trust your team members to make the right calls and follow through. Offer your opinion on matters, but respect and realize the final decision is made by the member whose role is in charge of that matter.

Kick off for next year’s app challenge will take place on Feb. 3, 2016, so start building your team up. For more information on upcoming events or building a team, visit GoCode.CO. We hope to see you there!

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