The Illinois OpenTech Challenge for Rockford consisted of three challenges.
Challenge One: Create an app that will alert Rockford residents of road and lane closures.
Rockford is undergoing several improvements to local infrastructure. As a result of these projects, roads and lanes have to close in order to complete construction inconveniencing residents trying to drive through Rockford. The City of Rockford is interested in an app that would alert residents to road closures. Currently, the city gets hundreds of phone calls asking about this issue.
WINNER: Barrel Dodger! An app that sends alerts to residents when the city indicates a lane or road has been closed.
Challenge Two: Create an app that allows users to view, post and promote community service projects in Rockford. This challenge was issued by Rockford EDEEN as part of their moving the needle campaign.
WINNER: rockford.What-When-Where.org! An app that lets community members post events and where residents can share what community event people are going to.
Challenge Three: Build an app that solves a civic problem or educates the public using government data. This challenge was a ‘wild card’ challenge that gave civic innovators wide latitude in coming up with creative ways to use data to help solve civic problems in Rockford.
WINNER: RaiseUp Rockford! An app that lets make service requests to the City of Rockford.
More details to come!