Over the past few weeks, we’ve fielded lots of questions about the Illinois Open Technology Challenge.
Here is a list of questions asked:

Can we submit an application that covers both a pilot community and the State of Illinois?

Although there is no rule against this, it’s not encouraged and is not really in the spirit of the challenge. The idea is that people of and about the community create solutions that best addresses a need within that specific community. An app made for one community and submitted for the state prize would probably not be optimized for both. You are free to prove us wrong :-)

Does the application need to be interactive rather than static for the user? At what level should this application be performing at in regards to the stated goal/objective?

The Submission cannot be a prototype or business model. This is an apps competition, so the Submission should have the functions described on the online submission form.

What platform are you looking for? Is it a mobile app, web-based app, or something that utilizes the data?

Submissions may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public. Preference will be given to Applications that run natively on the web, which will be of greatest use to the largest amount of people.

How can we search for specific data of a specific pilot community? 

Go to data.illinois.gov and search for the pilot community/municipality you are interested in. Or just go directly to each microsite: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford, and SSMMA

If we are unable to find a specific data set, or want to request greater granularity for a specific piece of data (in order to find a trend), how can we request for it?

You can request directly from the pilot community’s technology leadership: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford, and SSMMA. You can post on the ILOpenTech Meetup Discussion Board, and/ or contact us directly at info@illinoisopentech.org.

For a detailed explanation of the rules, check out the ILOpenTech Challenge Contest Rules.