FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2014 

Colorado and Wyoming partner with Google on Government App Challenge

DENVER, Colo.—The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is inviting developers to come to Denver to help solve some of our state’s toughest problems at the Google GovDev Challenge. Colorado and Wyoming are teaming up with Google for this 24-hour live coding event on May 17 and 18.

Google is hosting the app challenge, which is designed to get 300 top developers to come up with unique solutions to achieve important goals in Colorado and Wyoming. Each winning team will take home up to $5,000. OIT’s Google Service Delivery Manager, Brandon Williams, says this is a chance to make a difference. “Don't just think or talk about changing government, do it,” says Williams. “If you are a developer, this is your chance to pitch in.”

The event will be held at Galvanize at 1062 Delaware St. The actual challenges for the competition will be announced at 9 a.m. MT on May 17. You can register and find more about the event at www.govdevchallenge.com. Additional information can also be found via the social networks of 9News Denver, which is the media sponsor of the challenge.

Colorado Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer Kristin Russell says, “We’ve had great success collaborating on these types of developer challenges. They are great examples of increasing public engagement to help increase the efficiency, effectiveness and elegancy of government. We are excited to see what great ideas come out of this multi-state effort between Colorado and Wyoming.”

Media Contact: 
Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer & PIO
303.764.7731 (work) 
720.933.9193 (cell)

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