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Visit Indiana Unveils Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Mobile App

August 01, 2016
Torch Relay AppINDIANAPOLIS – When the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay starts on September 9th, it can be followed live through a new custom mobile app created by Bluebridge Tourism, LLC a partner of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (Visit Indiana). Users will be able to get up-to-the-second information about the torch's whereabouts thanks to a GPS tracking device that has been built into the official Bicentennial Torch Relay torch!

Other content features of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay app include:
  • Celebration Schedule - Full list of bicentennial celebration dates, locations and times during the 92-county journey.
  • Torchbearer List - list of over 2,200 people expected to carry the torch. Find the people carrying the torch in each county.

The bicentennial torch is also equipped an HD camera and microprocessing unit, which will allow torchbearers to capture real-time images and video during their leg of the route. These images will be shared on the Torch Relay website and social media sites.

In addition, the torch is equipped with an automatic shut-off valve for safety.

“The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is not only a showcase of Indiana history and heritage, but will also shine a spotlight on the impressive creativity and innovative capacity in our state too,” said Mark Newman, Indiana Office of Tourism Development executive director.

The torch was specially designed by a team of Purdue faculty and student engineers. The exterior shell, made by Alcoa, is a light weight space-age alloy material and is powered by Indiana bio-fuel.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as the largest event of Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration in 2016. Hoosier torchbearers from all 92 counties will “pass the torch” connecting generations to IGNITE our future. 

The journey begins in Corydon on September 9, 2016.

BTRAbout the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay:
The Indiana Bicentennial Torch relay is designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration. The over 2,200 community-nominated torchbearers will pass the torch throughout 92 counties, symbolically connecting generations to “ignite” Indiana’s future. For more information about the Torch Relay, visit

IOTDAbout Indiana Office of Tourism Development:
Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb oversees the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD). Mark Newman serves as the agency's executive director. IOTD is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Indiana through leadership and resource support to the Indiana travel industry. The tourism and hospitality industry is the sixth largest industry in the state, is directly responsible for 144,200 jobs, generates over $2.25 billion in tax receipts and contributes $10.7 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses. For more information: