Last Friday, February 1, 2013, we opened the ILOpen Tech Challenge. You can read the complete rules and review the submission form here.

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59PM on Friday, March 15, 2013. The rules are pretty comprehensive— please read them and let us know if you have any questions. Here are some thoughts from here:

  • There are five $15,000 prizes, for a total of $75,000. There will be winners from each of the four pilot communities (Champaign, Rockford, Belleville, and the south suburbs of Chicago) as well as one prize for the use of statewide data
  • The spirit of this competition is to encourage government, developers, and community members to work together to solve common issues within communities
  • Judges for each community will be announced at the close of submissions. Judges will be based in each community, judging entries from the community
  • Our suggestion is that you take the time to solidify your idea, form a team, build your technology, and test it with friends, family, and community members
  • We met in Champaign last Wednesday and will be in each of the other three municipalities in the coming weeks
  • We are wide-open to hearing from you– fielding questions, bouncing ideas, and so on. The best way to submit a question is to make a comment on the last meetup you attended. Go to the ILOpenTech meetup group and click on a meetup held in your municipality. This fires off an email to everyone else who was there. This has worked pretty well in Champaign, for example
  • We will also collect and publish all questions and answers to our blog so that everyone gets the benefit of the discussion
  • Lastly, we’ll be sending emails to all who signed up via our mailing list. Please forward this email to everyone!

We hope you’re excited as we are.

Daniel X. O’Neil
For the Illinois Open Technology Challenge team

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