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Design X Social 2020 Jury

Nikhil Deshpande
Chief Digital Officer, State of Georgia


As state CDO, Nikhil heads the Office of Digital Services under the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA).

Nikhil envisioned and led state government’s digital transition to an enterprise web-publishing platform based on Drupal, an open source content management system hosted in the cloud. The platform currently supports over 110 state agency websites. Under his direction, Georgia became the first state in the nation to meet special needs of constituents with a range of disabilities affecting vision, hearing, motion and cognition making the platform Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.

Nikhil strongly advocated the use of social media for Georgia.gov when using social media for government was not common, and established a presence for the state on Facebook and Twitter to quickly address constituents’ questions and concerns.