CA Technologies
Nov 15, 2017

CA Technologies Issues CA Smart Government Challenge to U.S. Developers: Help the Federal Government Enhance its "Citizen Experience" Using Open Source Software

Developers To Compete For Prize Money and Technical and Business Support From the CA Accelerator, CA's In-House Startup Incubator

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CA WORLD '17 — CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) today announced the CA Smart Government Challenge, a new innovation competition that invites U.S.-based developers to submit their most innovative ideas for improving the "citizen experience" of the U.S. federal government through open source software.

CA will award up to five finalists a cash prize of $5,000 and the chance to vie for a grand prize of $75,000 and access to the CA Accelerator Boot Camp, an immersive course that has never before been open to developers outside of CA.

Launched internally in 2016, the CA Accelerator operates like a venture capital fund within the company. It provides financial and incubator support to CA employees who have ideas for new software offerings that are relevant to CA's customers, which include some of the most prestigious companies and government agencies in the world. To date, the CA Accelerator has funded 14 teams, 11 of which are still in business today. Two notable examples are Waffle.io, which provides project management powered by GitHub, and CA Jarvis, an advanced analytics platform, which has been embedded in several products across the company's portfolio.

With the CA Smart Government Challenge, CA will put this powerful engine of innovation to work in a new area: the "citizen experience" of the U.S. federal government.

"Governments around the world increasingly are looking for ways to improve the citizen experience through software," CA Technologies CEO Mike Gregoire said in unveiling the CA Smart Government Challenge today at CA World '17, CA's annual customer conference in Las Vegas. "Whether it's in the form of smart, sensor-driven trash pickup in Washington, D.C., or the ‘whole-government API' that has been created in Singapore - both developed, incidentally, with help from CA - governments are embracing the opportunity to use software to deliver experiences to the citizens they serve that match modern customer experiences delivered through the private sector. We are excited to help bring fresh ideas that can support the modernization of government IT and complement the good work underway in many parts of the federal government."

Developers participating in the CA Smart Government Challenge will engage in the following process:

The judging panel will select the best software idea based on criteria that include:

"Until today, the CA Accelerator's work has been focused on developing new technologies that can enhance our portfolio of enterprise IT products," said Berkes. "We are excited now to apply the Accelerator model, which combines the learn-fast creativity of a VC-backed startup with the significant resources of a major company like CA, to the customer experience of the federal government. The result could be a new company, a free app, some solution that hasn't even been conceived of yet, or simply a better understanding of the complexity of government services. That's the beauty of true innovation driven by a pure desire to solve a problem that matters - we don't know what the end result will be. And as with all projects in the Accelerator, we're excited to see where this journey takes us."

Developers interested in learning more can register on the CA Technologies Smart Government Challenge website to receive application materials that will be made available by December 1. Applications will be accepted during the month of December and the finalists will be selected and announced in February 2018.

For more information on all news being announced at CA World ‘17, please visit the CA World ‘17 Newsroom. To access replays of the CA World '17 keynotes, please click here.

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