The California Department of Technology (CDT) today opened its California Innovation Lab.  Developed using open source technology, the Lab resides in the state’s CalCloud as a place for government organizations to develop, build, and test open source technologies within it’s data center.

“The Lab is an excellent opportunity for government entities to work in an agile web application development,” said Amy Tong, CDT Director and State Chief Information Officer.

The California Innovation Lab will foster information, code, and technology sharing among participants to benefit all State of California government services and organizations.  This will enable a collaborative environment between state, city, county, and open source experts that will expand and share civic application and technology development while leveraging industry best practices and lessons learned from the open source community supported by standards and policies.

Using the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform residing in CalCloud, the Lab allows developers to leverage a full suite of resources to build open source technology solutions. Applications can be developed, built and tested in a safe environment without fear of failure or risk allowing California government to collaborate, share, and reuse technology to benefit multiple uses. The Lab will provide more efficient and transparent development cycles, cost effective solutions, and foster an open source development culture in the state’s IT community.

“The Innovation Lab is the first of its kind in California government, said the CDT’s Chief Deputy Director, Chris Cruz.  “It will provide a radical shift in the development of potential technology offerings by government and its partners.”

Visit Innovate.Ca.Gov for more information and to participate in the Innovation Lab. State customers can also get more information by contacting their CDT Account Lead by using the Account Lead Directory, or call the Customer Delivery Division at (916) 431-5476.