The Illinois Open Technology Challenge brings governments, developers, and communities together in a common mission to use public data to create digital tools that serve civic needs and promote economic development.

This multi-month initiative aims to make Illinois’ open data platform,Data.Illinois.Gov, available statewide, and host government trainings, community meetings and hackathons that will bring together developers in technology with civic-minded individuals and organizations. Our goal is to help develop a real community where we will see sustainable civic results and developers will prosper.

Through the generous support of the State of Illinois, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, The Chicago Community Trust, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Motorola Mobility Foundation, and Google, at least $75K in total prize money will be awarded to any individual, or team of individuals for developing innovative software applications that utilize open government data to best address the challenges in one of our communities: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford and South Suburbs.

Here’s the complete rules for the challenge (click here for full page view):

And here’s the submission form.

If you have any additional questions or comments, feel free to contact us.

Have at it!