As data becomes a more embedded component of government operations, processes will become more transparent and efficiencies will be realized.
ILOpenTech will work to increase the number of units of government that publish data online and engage with government employees and agencies as knowledgeable and trusted partners. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the leaders of the ILOpenTech initiative will look for local governments to call on developers to address the most pressing needs of their communities.
We are organizing a developer competition with at least $75,000 in cash prizes in order to incentivize and encourage entrepreneurship. Developers will be rewarded for innovative problem solving in the pilot communities and statewide.
ILOpenTech will help to make connections between entrepreneurs, technologists and their communities in order to better understand what products will best serve civic needs.
We want to hear from nonprofits, community organizations, and civic leaders who can provide insights into the information needs of particular communities.
ILOpenTech will help amplify resources in Illinois that are already being dedicated to projects such as the Broadband Technology Opportunities, Sustainable Broadband Adoption, and Public Computer Centers Project.