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Rockford Meetup to Open the ILOpenTech Challenge

Join us for the second Rockford meeting of the Illinois Open Technology Challenge(ILOpenTech) at Eigerlab.

At this meetup, we will officially launch the contest. We published the rules, gave information on judging, and announced the prizes. We'll field any questions and be available to give advice on submissions. We'll also talk more about the data, facilitate team discussions and formation, and hear from the community about their technology needs. Be sure to review these blog posts to get up to date on what we're up to in Rockford:

Incomplete History of Civic Hacking in Rockford:

The People of Illinois Open Technology/Rockford:


There will be lots to discuss-- please join us!



Here's how we see our evening together:

6 - 6:30  Introductions

We'll go around the room, introduce ourselves, and say a brief statement about what you’re up to.

6:30 – 7 Review the Challenge Rules

We'll review the rules (see the rules here and a blog post accompanying the rules), the information on judging, and announce the prizes. There will be $15,000 in prize money for a Rockford-focused solution.

7 – 8   Discussion and Team Formation

We'll answer questions and talk amongst ourselves about data, technology, and community!

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  • Glenn T.

    City of Rockford “Vendor Payments” dataset has now been posted! This dataset contains only 2013 YTD data but still has over 10,000 records. I still need to come up with an account-to-descriptions table so departments and account numbers (named Orgs and Objects in the dataset) can be tied to meaningful descriptions.

    March 13, 2013

  • Glenn T.

    Rockford Service Request dataset has been updated to include dates!

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Savannah L.

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the meeting on Thursday! And I'd really like to get more involved in projects like this. I'm not a programmer, but I work with software developers and enjoy the non-technical aspects of creating software. So if you're looking for someone to brainstorm with and give feedback on ideas, let me know.

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Glenn T.

    City of Rockford Dataset updates: 1) Business License dataset has been updated with video gaming licenses.

    2) Demolition Permits dataset has been added.

    3) City Boundary GIS data has been added.

    4) City of Rockford Ward Boundaries have been added.


    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Steve E.

    Interesting ideas.

    1 · March 1, 2013

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