FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2014 

Colorado Information Marketplace:
Data Host for This Weekend’s App Contest

DENVER, Colo.—More than 100 tech savvy programmers will be using the Governor’s Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM) this weekend to compete for top prizes in the app challenge, Go Code Colorado.

CIM will be the key tool for programmers creating business-ready apps. CIM is a marketplace for data sharing across the state that allows for integration of information between government agencies. As with Go Code Colorado, CIM is an important piece of the puzzle that allows for innovation and citizen engagement with the public sector to leverage information for business enterprise and government transparency. 

Go Code Colorado’s app challenge begins this Friday, March 21 and runs through Sunday, March 23 at five locations across Colorado.The event is possible through a partnership between OIT, the Secretary of State’s Office, the Governor’s Office, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Statewide Internet Portal Authority. More than 100 programmers will compete. Winners from each competition will advance to a final competition May 9, where the top three winners will be awarded $50,000 in prize money and become eligible for up to $250,000 each in grant funding from the Advanced Industries--Early Stage Company and Retention Program.

“This is an exciting convergence of the creative energy and collaboration across Colorado,” says Kristin D. Russell, Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer. “You have a bipartisan project, a fantastic resource of data sets through the Colorado Information Marketplace, and bright, innovative programmers coming together to produce apps that have the potential to solve business problems and grow our Colorado economy.”

Challenge events for Go Code Colorado are being hosted in Denver, Boulder, Durango, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.

About the Colorado Information Marketplace (CIM) 
  • It is a platform for data sharing across the state that encompasses data and information governance, the publishing of the information and the identity resolution of the information across any contributing entity. 
  • Supports data transparency and good government for all Colorado citizens based on the Governor’s Colorado Blueprint and builds a foundation for better decision making across the state. 
  • Allows for integration of information between government agencies.
  • Fosters innovation and engagement in the public sector. 
  • Promotes viral development of applications using meaningful data that can be helpful for citizens. 
  • Promotes reuse of data sets and removes point to point data sharing, which in turn reduces costs and redundancy. 
  • Promotes the sharing of data that will better serve the public through the creation of programs with a high degree of efficiency and accountability. 
  • Increases information agility and information security. 
  • Will transform government’s decision-making process through better use of analytics and reporting; will help policymakers effectively evaluate existing programs, reduce waste and increase government efficiency.
Media Contact: 
Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer & PIO
303.764.7731 (work) 
720.933.9193 (cell)

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