ETHDenver Announces Collaboration with State of Colorado for Virtual 2021 ColoradoJam Event

DENVER, CO, Nov. 12, 2020 — Today ETHDenver announced a partnership with the State of Colorado for a virtual 2021 event, which will involve $100k+ in bounties and prizes for addressing crucial problems and initiatives in Colorado.

The event will take place virtually, February 5–12, 2021, and consist of a week-long hackathon, along with content and free educational workshops by industry luminaries, virtual-reality art exhibits, and other immersive virtual experiences.

“Colorado is a hub of entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We are thrilled to encourage this creative method of engaging with our government. Colorado is a place where we build and create a space where some of our brightest minds can design collaborative solutions to technological challenges.”

ETHDenver Executive Steward John Paller explained, “While we can’t be in person this year for ETHDenver, we are thrilled to offer the opportunity to our technology community around the world to advance and reimagine the public infrastructure with the State of Colorado. Colorado is interested in attracting bright minds to contribute to the future of statehood in a non-partisan way. Contrary to many virtual events, we’re creating innovative new ways of engagement for our community.” Lu Córdova, Advisor to the Governor on Efficiencies & Digital Transformation, added, “This collaboration is another Colorado first in the world to modernize and engage the international community to innovate on GovTech solutions.”

At the 2020 in-person ETHDenver BUIDLathon, the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology, C-Lab, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, and Learning Economy collaborated with ETHDenver for the “Advance Colorado’’ track which encouraged individuals to solve state problems for various use cases.

Then in August 2020, the Colorado State Lottery partnered with ETHDenver for a GameJam competition, where over 200 global participants created and submitted new lottery games in exchange for $25,000 in prizes.

The next wave of collaboration between ETHDenver and the State of Colorado for the 2021 ColoradoJam will create a spotlight for how Colorado is reimagining the problems that face our communities in an innovative way by crowdsourcing creativity from local, domestic, and international communities. No bounties will come from state funds.

ETHDenver became known for pioneering and experimenting with Web3 technology by putting blockchain tech use cases in the palm of attendees’ hands from start to finish in 2019, and then creating an interactive and gamified DAO ecosystem in 2020.

Learn more at ethdenver.com.