FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2019  

COLORADO HIRES GROUNDBREAKING BLOCKCHAIN ROLE

DENVER, Colo.—The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) announced the appointment of Thaddeus (Thad) Batt as the state’s first ever Blockchain Solution Architect. This innovative role was made possible due to state legislation passed in 2018 to explore distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain to protect trusted, sensitive, and confidential information.

“The creation of this Blockchain Solution Architect role is breaking new ground and a step in the right direction to secure Colorado as a leader in blockchain innovation, " Gov. Jared Polis, a blockchain champion, explained.

Batt will lead the blockchain program and explore how these technologies can be used to help protect the vast amount of data entrusted to the State of Colorado, solve digital identity-related problems, and ensure the integrity and security of distributed workloads. Among other things, Batt will develop the state’s blockchain infrastructure, educate others on the value of blockchain, and identify optimal criteria for blockchain usage in applications. He will also work with OIT and other agency teams to identify blockchain use cases, stand up pilot programs, and evaluate results.

“The state is actively looking at ways emerging technologies such as blockchain can help us better serve Coloradans, and this role will help lead the way,” said Chief Information Officer and Executive Director Theresa Szczurek, Ph.D.

In 2018, Colorado passed legislation via Senate Bill (SB) 18-086, "Cyber Coding Cryptology For State Records" (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb18-086), mandating that programs be developed in pursuit of utilizing blockchain-based technology. The Blockchain Solution Architect position will spearhead this initiative by utilizing enterprise architecture methodologies to define opportunities and execute the deployment of distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain.

Batt brings a depth of experience as the former Chief Technology Officer for Denver-based Spire Digital, as well as running his own blockchain consulting practice (Blockchain Industries, LLC) for the last year. Batt emerged as the top choice from the field of candidates due to his depth of technical expertise, proven track record of technology leadership, and keen understanding and passion for how technology such as blockchain can transform state services.

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: 
Brandi Simmons
Chief Communications Officer & PIO 
303.764.6897
brandi.simmons@state.co.us