The Colorado Office of Information Technology announced Wednesday that it has hired its inaugural “blockchain solution architect” to devise ways the state can use the distributed-ledger technology in government.
The position will be filled by Thaddeus Batt, the former chief technology officer of Denver software firm Spire Digital and an independent consultant on blockchain applications.
Batt’s position was created under legislation Colorado adopted last year that encouraged the state’s agencies to look for ways to incorporate blockchain into their functions and also formed a 12-member blockchain council. Gov. Jared Polis, who took office in January, has been a vocal supporter of the technology, saying that he would like to “establish Colorado as a national hub for blockchain innovation in business and government.”