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Colorado Lottery, ETHDenver, IGT and Chainlink Back First-Ever GameJam Hackathon to Develop New Games in Support of the Outdoors and Schools

The Colorado Lottery is launching its GameJam hackathon for new game development on Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m — in partnership with the tech and Web3 developer community in the state’s first-ever game development hackathon. Marking the Lottery’s first public-private partnership, Gov. Jared Polis will help kick off the event, along with event partners ETHDenver, IGT, and Chainlink. The GameJam will run July 31st through August 9th.

To create new games in support of the outdoors and schools, participants of GameJam will create and pitch their proposed new game for a chance to win a top prize of $10,000, with the second prize of $5,000 and a $2,500 third prize.

An additional prize, sponsored by ETHDenver and Chainlink will be awarded for games that meet the original guidelines and are completed using Web3. Web 3.0 is an evolution in the underlying infrastructure of the Internet, where applications run on top of decentralized networks that allows peer-to-peer services, data ownership by users, and trustless guarantees. The additional prizes are 1st place $5,000, 2nd place $2,500, and 3rd place $1,000.

Registration to developers will remain open until 8 p.m. MDT, Friday, July 31, at the end of the opening ceremonies. Interested coders can visit this website for more information.

The opening ceremonies will take place on Zoom Friday, July 31 at 6 p.m.

VIP Guest Speakers: 

    • Governor Jared Polis will welcome participants and discuss how the Lottery’s GameJam fits into the state’s vision to reimagine government.
    • Lu Córdova, Executive Director of the Department of Revenue, will explain how digital transformation is being applied to everyday services.
    • Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder of Ethereum, will talk about the future of money in mainstream business.

Since 1983, the Colorado Lottery has returned more than $3.5 billion to outdoor projects through Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund, and Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Proceeds from sales of Colorado Lottery games – Scratch, Powerball, Mega Millions, Colorado Lotto+, Lucky for Life, Cash 5, and Pick 3 – enhance, protect, improve parks, trails, and open space in Colorado as well as contribute to the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program.

ETHDenver is the world’s largest annual web3 #BUIDLathon and Community Gathering. The 2020 event took place February 14-16 in Denver, Colorado and hosted 2450+ blockchain enthusiasts, developers and community members from 73 countries and 48 U.S. states.

Chainlink is a decentralized blockchain abstraction layer that enables the creation of universally connected smart contracts. Chainlink gives smart contracts across all blockchains access to secure and reliable data inputs and outputs. It works with large enterprises including Google, Oracle, and SWIFT and leading blockchain projects such as Ethereum, Polkadot, Synthetix, and Aave. One of Chainlink’s popular solutions is Chainlink VRF, a random number generation feature that enables blockchain smart contracts to access provably-fair and verifiable randomness.

IGT is the global leader in gaming. It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “IGT,” and its holding company headquarters are in the United Kingdom, with operating headquarters in Rome, Italy; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Providence, Rhode Island. The Company attracts the industry’s top talent, with more than 12,000 employees across the globe.

Richard Kastelein
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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