Teams that developed apps to help restaurants find the best location and to help with water rights issues advanced Sunday from the first round of the Go Code competition in Colorado Springs to the statewide finals next month in Denver.
CacheMoney, which is developing a mobile and desktop app called Hits the Spot to help restaurants find the best location to open or expand, and GoWater, which is developing an app to assist in water rights issues, both will advance to the May 24 finals from the Challenge Weekend competition in Colorado Springs. The local teams will compete against eight other teams from similar competitions in Denver, Durango, Fort Collins and Grand Junction for three, one-year contracts each valued at $25,000 with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office to complete development of their app.
All 10 teams will participate in the Mentorship Weekend April 21-23 in Boulder, where they will get help from Go Code partners Google, CA Technologies, Techstars and the House of Genius and Boomtown startup accelerators to further develop their apps and businesses for the final stage of competition. The three winners also will get an all-expenses-paid trip in late June to meet with startup coaches at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto, Calif., and to pitch their company for admission later this year to the Boomtown startup Accelerator in Boulder.
Lallo Vigil, lead website developer at Colorado State University-Pueblo, and Daniel Baliczek, a CSU-Pueblo student who works in Vigil's office, began developing Hit the Spot about a month ago and were joined at the competition by Aaron Kern, development manager at SocialSEO, and Eric Meldrum, an entrepreneurship instructor at Launch High School, to form the CacheMoney team. The app uses bicycle and pedestrian counties, population projections, employment and unemployment estimates, traffic feeds, enterprise zone information and other data to help restaurants pick the best location, Vigil said.
"I just want to make this app the best it can be. I have a passion for website development," Vigil said.
GoWater was started by Loren Anderson and Tim Haynie, chief operating officer and CEO, respectively, of Spectrabotics, which develops software to exploit data collected by drones and integrate it with other data from geographical information systems. They were joined at the competition by Vincent Zaballo, who specializes in data science, and software developers David Cako and Lucas Schmidt and student James Cauley. The team is developing a web app called Drip to search 300 state databases on wells, ditches, canals and water rights to create "a title search for water" to be used by real estate agents, Anderson said.
"We got the right people together with really good experience," Anderson said. "Now we have to figure out how to make this something real."
The two Colorado Springs teams hope to continue the success of Hively, a local team that became the first from the Springs to win the competition with its web-based application to help match employers with potential employees.
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