Talk about innovation… the Republican National Convention will be cutting edge and very interactive this year. Google & the GOP Convention folks are partnering up – and will make a fundamental leap in technology, enhancing the experience for delegates & journalists – but also for interested Americans following the presidential nominating process.

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) – Embracing technology that will propel the 2008 Republican National Convention to the forefront of the digital age, the GOP today announced that Google Inc. will serve as the Republican National Convention’s Official Innovation Provider. Convention President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Cino made the announcement in a unique video posted to the convention’s new YouTube™ channel (www.youtube.com/gopconvention2008). The video, also showcased on the convention’s website (www.GOPconvention2008.com), highlights Google’s cutting-edge, computer-generated SketchUp™ graphics of the Xcel Energy Center, where the convention will be held.

As Official Innovation Provider, Google Inc. will enhance the GOP’s online presence with new applications, search tools, and interactive video. In addition, Google will help generate buzz and excitement in advance of the convention through its proven online marketing techniques.

“Google and YouTube are synonymous with innovation, and our groundbreaking collaboration will set a new precedent for engaging and involving Americans in the Republican National Convention,” said Cino. “We also remain firmly focused on providing the eventual Republican nominee with every tool available to communicate his message to the American people – and this agreement is an important part of our efforts.”

The convention’s official website, www.GOPconvention2008.com, will eventually feature a full-range of Google™ products, including Google Apps, Google Maps, SketchUp, and customized search tools, which will make navigating the site easier. The convention’s YouTube channel will enable visitors to upload, view, and share online videos. These innovative technologies will also help the GOP streamline convention organization and expand its online reach across websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.


“As more Americans go online to learn about elections, we’re pleased to work with the Republican National Convention to give citizens around the world easy access to convention information and new ways to engage in the event,” said David Drummond, Google’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer.

“This year, YouTube will bring a new dimension to this landmark event by enabling GOP visitors to share their unique experiences with the world through the power of online video,” said Chad Hurley, YouTube co-founder. “We look forward to working with the convention committee and watching the action unfold.”

The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center from September 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000 delegates, alternate delegates, members of the media and other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the event. For more information about the 2008 Republican National Convention, please visit our website at www.GOPconvention2008.com.

Woohoo!

—Media Lizzy