Colorado Springs' Go Code winners move on to forming 'real business'

May 31, 2016 Updated: May 31, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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Submitted photo Left to right, Zach Bowers, Nate Harris, Dalton Patterson, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Breton Brander, Jeremy Wick and John Franck last week celebrate winning one of three $25,000, one-year contracts with the state to more fully develop their application that matches employers with potential employees. Teams from Denver and Fort Collins got similar contracts in the state's annual Go Code Colorado app-building competition.

A Colorado Springs-based team of software developers hopes to complete development and launch a web application by year's end that will help match employers with potential employees.

The team became the first from the Springs to win a $25,000, one-year contract with the state Thursday in Colorado's annual Go Code competition, which challenges teams to turn state data into software applications that solve business problems. The local team, called Hively, and two winning teams from Denver and Fort Collins faced off with seven other finalists from around the state.

"We are no longer competing but forming a real business," said Dalton Patterson, a Hively team member who works with two other members developing applications at the Colorado Springs-based Christian ministry Focus on the Family. "This is a good opportunity to be incubated by the state. We will be focusing on what the subscription model looks like, how much do we charge and other next steps."

Zach Bowers, another team member, said he, Patterson and the other five team members plan to keep their full-time jobs and spend nights and weekends completing development of the web application and adding a mobile application, both of which they hope will be ready for customers by year's end.

"We are all very passionate about this issue - bringing a fresh approach to hiring to solve problems. We want to help employers hire the right person on the first try and address the outdated way the hiring process works today," said Bowers, who also works in information technology at Focus on the Family.

Other team members are Nathan Harris, a software developer at Focus on the Family; Jeremy Wick, who heads video operations for Sticker Mule; John Franck, chief operating officer of Fisk Lawnscapes; and Breton Brander, a freelance graphic designer. The team met for the first time during the regional Go Code competition in April in Colorado Springs.

"It really has been a whirlwind. We are very excited and feel like all of the hard work we put in has paid off and that we had meshed as a team," Bowers said.

The other two winning projects are Foodcaster, an application developed by a Denver-based team designed to help food trucks find the best location to park, and Regulation Explorer, an application developed by a Fort Collins team designed as a surface regulation navigator for oil and natural gas drilling sites.

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