Thursday, December 12, 2019

CIO Theresa Talks: Welcome Colorado Digital Service

We are proud of the long list of tech companies that have been founded, headquartered, or have offices here in Colorado. The tech talent is strong and continues to grow! From system architects, to app designers, developers, cybersecurity analysts, hardware engineers, and product experts, you'll find them at Colorado’s startup weeks, the Colorado Technology Association, Prime Health, Rockies Venture Club, and other gatherings. Colorado tech talent is always heads-down and laser-focused on building amazing things. We have a #givefirst attitude and succeed together because of it.

As the State CIO, I have an opportunity to talk to Coloradans about how government services and technology impact their lives. Our goal in the Governor’s Office of Information Technology is to enhance the lives of all Coloradans. We keep the State of Colorado systems operating, information flowing, applications running, and technology advancing, securely. From offering technologies that ensure public safety, providing a more consumer-friendly experience at the Division of Motor Vehicles, and improving health care data interoperability, to expanding broadband coverage to all corners of the state, ensuring essential food and medical benefits to the most vulnerable, and so much more, the impact of government on our daily lives is huge.

I also think a lot about the many paths software engineers, designers, and product managers take in their careers and how Colorado government can enlist their help in delivering for our residents. It became clear to me that senior to mid-career techies could provide value here in Colorado through a "tour of government service.” In this model, technologists sign up for a “tour of service” ranging anywhere from six months up to two years, become full-time state employees, and focus on the Governor's most important priorities. Are you one of them? 

I love the way Governor Polis describes the Colorado Digital Service in an October 2019 Denver Business Journal article:
“There are some great IT professionals who work for state government, but we need more cross-pollination,” Polis said of the program. “A lot of folks don’t want to change their career because they have successful careers in business and technology, but they understand the importance of taking a year or six months to give back.”

The Colorado Digital Service has been funded by the Colorado General Assembly and is now accepting applications. To learn how you can make a meaningful difference or to stay in touch as we build out the team, visit colorado.gov/digitalservice.



Today's blog comes from OIT Chief Information Officer and Executive Director, Dr. Theresa M. Szczurek