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Utah Driver Practice Exam Wins Utah Innovation Award

New Drivers Review Questions With Online Digital Assistant

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Stoel Rives LLP and the Utah Technology Council announced that Utah.Gov has been recognized with a Utah Innovation Award for its Amazon Echo Alexa Skill. Utah.Gov was selected as an Honorable Mention award winner in the Consumer Software category.

"We are very proud of the recognition this service is receiving," said Mike Hussey, Utah Chief Information Officer. "We strive to provide valuable award-winning services to the residents of Utah, and being recognized by our peers in the state is wonderful."

The annual Utah Innovation Awards highlight cutting-edge and innovative work being done in Utah and the creative minds behind it. The Utah.Gov Alexa Skill helps Utah drivers study for the driving exam by reviewing questions. In addition, also added a Utah State Facts skill for the Echo. Alexa will share interesting facts about the beehive state.

"We are excited for the possibilities new technologies like digitial assistants create," said Hussey. "When we see the success applications like the Alexa Skill achieve, it helps us see new ways to interact with state government."

Nominees in the Utah Innovation Awards program undergo a strict evaluation process by their peers and leaders from Utah's business and academic communities. This process is unlike any other used by other programs in the state and results in awards that reflect the esteem of leaders within the individual innovation areas.

Utahns can load the skill to the Alexa App on a mobile device.

To learn more, visit Utah.Gov.



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About Utah.Gov is the entry point to over 1,000 online services and benefits over 2.7 million residents in the state of Utah. provides citizens and businesses with more convenient options for interacting with government. Through, citizens can find public meetings, renew their vehicle registration, buy a hunting and fishing license, register a business, find a transparent state budget, and much more. In 2016 alone, received 20 awards making it the nation's most honored state website. is managed and operated through a public-private partnership between the state and Utah Interactive, the Salt Lake City-based official digital government partner for the state of Utah. Utah Interactive is part of digital government firm NIC's family of companies.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC Inc. (NASDQ: EGOV) is celebrating 25 years as the nation's premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 12,000 digital government services for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking digital government personal assistant, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single access point for government interactions. More information is available at


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