Sitting in a room full of other like-minded individuals, Ethan Lockshin and his team, Magpie Supply, LLC, dove deeper into the concept of a farming transportation app that was conceptualized and pitched to judges in 2017’s Go Code Colorado final challenge.

Lockshin, a Regis College junior currently working toward his bachelor’s degree in communication, was the youngest competitor on the winning Go Code Colorado team.

His team was one of three that recently walked away with the top prize of $25,000, and an opportunity to travel to Silicon Valley to meet with their summit sponsor, AT&T Boundary to discuss next steps. They’ll also have the chance to interview with two of the world’s most renown accelerators — Techstars and Boomtown —  both of which helped jump start the success of companies like Uber, SendGrid and Sphero.

The competition, managed by 2005 Regis alumnus Andrew Cole, brings together entrepreneurs, software developers and all-around creative minds for a weekend of innovative competition on how to best use public data to solve business problems. 

After a conversation with College of Computer & Information Sciences professor Robert Sjodin two years ago, Lockshin instantly knew that he wanted to become involved with this civic app competition.

“I’ve always had a passion for communication and technology,” Lockshin said. “Go Code Colorado gave me the opportunity to explore those areas even more, allowing me to apply real-world applications, especially those relating to big data, to today’s ever-changing environment.”

Lockshin is looking toward his future, including a summer internship with SendGrid in downtown Denver. He also looks at Regis for helping set him up on a path to success.

“I’m so thankful for Regis and the opportunities it has provided,” Lockshin said. “The lessons I’ve learned in the classroom, interactions with my professors and chances to get involved on campus have been invaluable.”

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