Some of the most high-profile presidential contenders have declared their candidacies for higher office and over the next year, countless more will throw their hats into state, local and national elections. The bigger the campaign, the more sophisticated the technological infrastructure to control messaging, fundraising, polling and other political functions. Cybersecurity will also play a critical role in protecting the internal information for any high-profile political bid.
For executives in the IS/IT channels, the upstart campaigns present another rival in an already-competitive market to land the most sought-after talent in the candidate marketplace. The opportunity to work on a prestigious (and possibly winning) campaign may be tempting to qualified professionals, even if the work is short-term. Hillary Clinton, who recently announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination, hired Stephanie Hannon as her chief technology officer. Hannon is the former director of product management for civic innovation and social impact at Google.
"Likely presidential candidates from both parties are hiring digital advisors who can help them build websites and apps to interact with voters and try new fundraising techniques," explains Reuters. "Hannon previously worked on Google Maps and Gmail and worked shorter stints at Facebook and event organizing site Eventbrite, according to her LinkedIn profile."
Since at least 2008, national campaign branding, web development and security have been hotbeds of tech innovation. This year, tech executives have voiced concerns over the lack of qualified talent on the market, and the 2016 election cycle stands to create even more opportunities for the limited supply of experts.
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