Friday, February 28, 2020

"B is for Bufficorn": State of Colorado Shines at ETHDenver

Governor Polis reads "B is for Bufficorn" at ETHDenver 2020

Earlier this month I was afforded a unique opportunity to attend the second largest blockchain event in the world along with several OIT team members. The ETHDenver #BUIDLathon + Community Gathering - held February 14-16 at Sports Castle - was free to “developers, technologists, cypherpunks, coders, crypto-economists, designers…” and anyone like me who was curious to learn more about blockchain innovation.

It was an experience to remember! I mean, where else can you purchase lunch from a food truck with xDAI (a form of cryptocurrency), or see Governor Jared Polis and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon read “B is for Bufficorn” to a dozen kids in attendance? 

All joking aside, I want to express the overwhelming amount of pride I felt when our Governor, and OIT’s own Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Solution Architect Thad Batt and Digital Transformation Director Russell Castagnaro, took the stage to represent the State of Colorado and the important work we are doing to lead the way in emerging technologies such as blockchain. Bravo! 

Our blockchain experts exercised great ingenuity to create an Advance Colorado track, attracting some of the greatest minds from around the globe to identify real-world blockchain solutions that OIT might use for professional licensing at Department of Regulatory Agencies, hemp regulatory compliance at the Department of Agriculture, and a messaging system in myColorado. In total, ten fantastic use cases were submitted through the Advance Colorado track - five of which received awards. 

We at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology are so lucky to live and work in a thriving hub of blockchain innovation!

Today's blog comes from OIT Chief Communications Officer Brandi Wildfang Simmons