Denver, CO — Colorado Governor Jared Polis will deliver a keynote address on Feb. 18, 2022 at ETHDenver, the world’s largest annual Web3 community, innovation and blockchain festival, held at the Denver Sports Castle. Governor Polis will discuss the state’s mission to further advance use cases of blockchain technology adoption to improve the lives of Coloradans and promote public good.

 “Blockchain is a transformative technology bringing real change to Coloradans, and I am proud that Colorado is a national leader in blockchain innovation,” said Governor Polis. “By attracting good jobs and innovators in infrastructure, digital identity and individual data security, blockchain is a meaningful investment in improving Coloradans’ lives.”

Colorado is the first state to use blockchain technology in government infrastructure. This year, the state of Colorado in collaboration with ETHDenver will introduce four prizes during the BUIDL week hackathon. From Feb. 11 to 16, teams will tackle state-level use cases for blockchain technology.

Governor Polis will be joined by leading blockchain innovators, including Etherem co-founder Vitalik Buterin and South African entrepreneur Colorado resident Kimbal Musk, who will provide updates on his latest philanthropic project, the Big Green DAO.

United States impact lawyer and attorney of the Colorado Supreme Court Yev Muchnik will also deliver her updates on the legislative efforts aimed at paving the way for Colorado to become the first digital state of the U.S. and for decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) to become legitimized entities.

The collaboration between ETHDenver, which is driven by community-led SporkDAO, and the state of Colorado is also the first time that a DAO and a U.S. state have worked together to drive state, national and international adoption of blockchain technology.

 Find the event schedule here.

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