FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2014 

Government App Challenge Names Winners for Colorado

DENVER, Colo.—The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is pleased to announce the winners from the Google GovDev Challenge held in Denver over the weekend. Two teams of app developers came up with winning solutions for disaster assistance in Colorado at the event on May 17 and 18.

The challenges focused on “Disaster Assistance Center Automation” and “Disaster Assistance Center Materials Management”. For the automation category, a team called GovSafe (Mike Savoi, Mike Lockwitz, Andrew Van Tassel, Kelly Shuster) won with an app that supports existing disaster assistance infrastructure and allows for easy one-time entry of repetitive personal information (name, address and phone number) while generating a limited number of paper forms. For the materials management category, a team called Rockies Relief (Venky Swaminathan, Darcy O’Connor, Paul Trebilcox-Ruiz, Prabhu Velayutham, Steve Juntunen) created a paper-free app that is built to accommodate all stakeholders in a crisis event to track materials delivery as well as notify donors for needed materials.

Each first place team won a prize of $5,000. OIT’s Google Service Delivery Manager, Brandon Williams, says, “The challenge was a tremendous success. We had senior state leadership coming together with cutting edge app developers to exchange ideas and think about big solutions in really different and exciting ways.” The apps will now be considered for viability with existing state technology.

Coders also tackled a challenge posed by Wyoming state leaders-- how to make government spending more transparent. A group called the CodeRangers won that challenge. Google hosted the event.

About OIT
The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology services and innovation across all Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT’s charge is twofold: (1) to provide world-class IT services to Colorado’s Executive Branch agencies; and (2) to promote Colorado as the ideal location for IT companies and technology based workers. OIT drives innovative technology solutions, provides quality service, and supports the agencies whose missions are so critical to serving Coloradans. We do this by overseeing technology initiatives at the state level, recommending strategies and maximizing efficiencies of service delivery in a cost-effective manner through the application of enterprise technology solutions. Our enterprise approach also enables the agile delivery of new applications to state agencies that improve citizen access to government services while increasing accountability and transparency.

Media Contact: 
Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer & PIO
303.764.7731 (work) 
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