Two Local Teams of Tech Developers Advance in Creative Coding Competition

Greg Ruland printed an excellent write up on Go Code Colorado, the two winning teams from Grand Junction and LAUNCH West CO in the Daily Sentinel! It's incredible to see the startup activity in Grand Junction and Western Colorado! This year's competition truly was a resounding success. We had over 40 competitors, five teams, five excellent ideas, five hours using wifi hotspots, seven amazing meals, visits from two city councelors, and one county commissioner. And in the end there is $25,000 at stake. What a fun weekend!

More than 40 competitors spent two days and two nights at the Business Incubator Center last weekend, massaging data from state agencies into the most muscular computer application they could think of.

Two winning teams from Grand Junction, both composed entirely of Colorado Mesa University computer scientists, now advance to final competition in Denver, where they will pitch their ideas for a chance to win $25,000.

One team plans to link the Colorado Secretary of State’s business filings database with a simple, but effective, networking technique dating back to the 17th century. The project is called “dID” or “Digital ID.”

The other Grand Junction team, consisting of CMU computer science professor Karl Castleton and junior Zack LaVergne, links mountain bike riders by their demographic profile and allows real-time trail condition updates while riding. LaVergne is a member of the 2015-16 CMU Cycling Club. The project is called “Help a Rider Out.”

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