Illinois Open Technology ChallengeContest RulesIntroductionThe Illinois Open Technology Challenge [“The  Competition”]  is...
Rules  and  Sponsors  and  Project  Administrator’s  decisions,  which  are  final  and  binding  on  all  matters related...
Best App –              The judges will select the Best Overall Application based on the quality ofStatewide              ...
E. Submission Rights for Contestants:Contestants will own the intellectual property rights to their Submission but the Cit...
Verification of Potential WinnersAll potential competition winners are subject to verification by Sponsors and/or ProjectA...
(1) Each Contestant agrees to comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and thedecisions of the Sponsors, Project A...
Sponsors and Project Administrator are not responsible for, nor are they required to count,incomplete, late, misdirected, ...
describes how we gather information from you when you visit the ILOpenTech website locatedat and ...
computer’s  hard  disk.  We  do  not  use  cookies  to  collect  Personally  Identifiable Information.Illinois Open Techno...
Business TransfersAs we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In the event of acorporate sale, ...
Conditions of UseIf you decide to visit the Site, your visit and any possible dispute over privacy is subject to thispriva...
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  1. 1. Illinois Open Technology ChallengeContest RulesIntroductionThe Illinois Open Technology Challenge [“The  Competition”]  is  a  joint  initiative  of  the  Illinois  Science & Technology Coalition and the Smart Chicago Collaborative. The project is supportedby the Illinois Innovation Council, The State of Illinois, the Chicago Community Trust, the JohnS. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Motorola Mobility Foundation, Google, and Comcast.The Competition is made to provide recognition to individuals and teams (collectively,“Contestants”)  for  developing  innovative  software  applications  that  utilize  data  available  from  one of the following sites:,,, to best address the needs or challenges in our Pilot Communities (Belleville,Champaign, Rockford and South Suburbs of Chicagoland area) or the State of Illinois as awhole.Judging CriteriaSubmissions will be judged on the following three criteria: (1) quality of the idea (includingcreativity and originality); (2) implementation of the idea (including user experience and design);and (3) potential impact on Illinois residents, visitors and businesses of either the selected PilotCommunity or the State of Illinois as a whole.Judges will consider the following questions when evaluating submissions: ● Does this application address a community problem within the Pilot Community for which it was submitted (or the State of Illinois) ? ● Does it solve this challenge in a new and effective way? ● Is there market potential, either consumer, government, or utility? ● Is there potential for funding, whether private, philanthropic, or crowd?How to ParticipateThe Competition is open only to individuals or teams of individuals that are 16 or older that arelegally residing or a full-time enrolled college/university student in the state of Illinois. All teammembers must be listed in a Submission. An individual may join more than one team.The Competition is subject to all applicable United States federal, state and local laws andregulations. Participation  constitutes  entrant’s  full  and  unconditional  agreement  to  these  Official  Revised March 1, 2013
  2. 2. Rules  and  Sponsors  and  Project  Administrator’s  decisions,  which  are  final  and  binding  on  all  matters related to the Competition. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirementsset forth herein.Entry PeriodBetween  February  1,  2013  at  approximately  8:00AM  Central  Standard  Time  (“CST”)  and  March  29,  2013  at  11:59PM  (the  “Competition  Submission  Period”).  Project  Administrator’s  computer  is  the official timekeeping device for this Competition.How to EnterA. Register:During the Competition Submission Period, register Registration is free. In the event of a dispute as toany registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will bedeemed  to  be  the  Contestant.  The  “authorized  account  holder”  is  the  natural  person  assigned  an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organizationresponsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submittedaddress.B. Online Requirements:Each Contestant will be required to provide the following as part of the Submission: 1 A link to the Application. 2 A text description of the Application. 3 At least one photograph of the working software Application. 4 Complete an application form explaining in detail your Application.After the Submission has been submitted, the Submission cannot be modified in any way untilafter Judging has ended.C. Category Requirements:You will also be required to check off which category your Submission is being submitted for.The Project Administrator reserves the right to add or remove a Submission from a specificcategory if the Submission does not meet the relevant requirements. The following is a shortdescription of each of the award category requirements:Category RequirementsBest App – Pilot The judges will select the Best Overall Application based on the quality ofCommunities the idea, implementation of the idea, and potential impact on Illinois residents and visitors submitted at each municipalityRevised March 1, 2013
  3. 3. Best App – The judges will select the Best Overall Application based on the quality ofStatewide the idea, implementation of the idea, and potential impact for all Illinois residents and visitors.D. Submission requirements for each category are as follows: 1 Submissions must be software applications that use at least one of the data sets from,, and There may be limited changes (updating or refreshing) to the existing data sets. 2 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. 3 Submissions must be free to the public throughout the Competition and for at least one year after. 4 Submissions must contain an Application that functions as expressed in the text description. 5 Applications may combine publicly available dataset with data from other sources, provided the Contestant is authorized to distribute all data through a free, publicly available Application. 6 Submissions must not be substantially similar to a prior Submission already submitted in this Competition or Apps for Metro Chicago competition that commenced on June 1, 2011. Information about submissions to the Apps for Metro Chicago can be viewed here 7 Submissions must be in English, or if in a language other than English, the Submissions must be accompanied by an English translation of that text. 8 Submissions must not be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct or adversely affects the reputation of the Sponsors, subject to judgment of the Project Administrator. 9 Submissions must not: a) be illegal under applicable laws; b) depict hatred, defame, threaten a specific community in the society or incite violence; c) contain vulgar language or violence; or d) contain pornography, obscenity or sexual activity. 10 Submissions must a) be original; b) be solely owned by Contestant and that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown; and c) not violate the intellectual property, common law or privacy rights of other parties. A Contestant may contract with a third party to assist with the creation of their Submission, provided the Contestant is the sole and unequivocal owner of all intellectual property and licenses in the Submission.Revised March 1, 2013
  4. 4. E. Submission Rights for Contestants:Contestants will own the intellectual property rights to their Submission but the City, Sponsorsand Project Administrator will maintain a royalty free license to, without limitation: a) Post theSubmissions on; b) Make the Submissions availablefor the course of the Competition and 12 months after the conclusion of the CompetitionSubmission Period; and c) Display, disseminate and utilize the Submissions for noncommercialpurposes for a period of 12 months after the conclusion of the Competition Submission Period.Display of SubmissionsSubmissions will be posted on after being screened by the ProjectAdministrator for basic functionality, accuracy of messaging, and integrity (i.e., security). TheProject Administrator has the right to request access to the Application in person or via anyreasonable manner to verify that the Application functions and operates as stated in theSubmission.  Failure  by  a  Contestant  to  honor  such  a  request  will  result  in  the  Submission’s  immediate disqualification. All Contestants will have the same ability to view Submissionsposted on the website. Non-Contestants interested in the Competition are also encouraged toregister on . To receive updates on the Competition, registration will berequired by joining our mailing list.Winner Selection and Judging CriteriaSubmissions will initially be screened by a qualified internal panel selected by the Sponsors attheir sole discretion. The internal panel will consist of the Sponsors and Project Administrator.The internal panel will judge the Submissions on the criteria identified to select finalists. Thenthe finalists will be judged again on the criteria identified by an expert judging panel determinedby the Sponsors and Project Administrator and including representatives from each PilotCommunity governing body. The external panel will be identified on .The Project Administrator reserves the right to substitute or modify the judging panel at anytimefor any reason. Judges do have the right to withdraw without advance notice in the event ofextenuating circumstances beyond their control. Judges will be fair and impartial. A judge mayelect  to  recuse  him  or  herself  from  judging  a  Submission,  if  in  the  judge’s  sole  discretion  it  is  not  appropriate for him or her to judge that particular Submission because of a past or currentrelationship with that particular Contestant. A Submission will not be at a disadvantage if one ormore judge recuses himself or herself.Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Submissions received and the quality of theSubmissions. The approximate dates for the judging panel are between April 1, 2013 and April12, 2013.Revised March 1, 2013
  5. 5. Verification of Potential WinnersAll potential competition winners are subject to verification by Sponsors and/or ProjectAdministrator whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the competition.Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules.The potential winners will be notified on or about April 19, 2013. The potential winners will berequired to sign and return to the Project Administrator, within ten (10) business days of the datenotice is sent, an affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) inorder to claim his/her prize if applicable.If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit ofeligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if theprize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. In the eventthat a potential winner of a Competition prize is disqualified for any reason, the ProjectAdministrator may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner who had the highest scoreremaining of the eligible entries. If a winner is considered to be a minor is his or her state ofresidence,  at  the  Project  Administrator’s  sole  option,  the  prize  will  either  be  awarded  to  the  minor  winner’s  parent  or  legal  guardian  on  behalf  of  the  winner,  or  the  minor’s  parent  or  guardian will be required to ratify and sign the affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release.Prize Money$75,000 in total prize money will be divided between Submissions for each of the four PilotCommunities and the State of Illinois. Each individual prize may total no more than $15,000.Project Administrator and Sponsors reserve the right to divide up total prize awards to multiplewinners in each area at their discretion.Winner Total Prize Money QuantityBest Statewide Application $ 15,000.00 at least 1*Best App – Local (Up to 4) $ 60,000.00 at least 4**The Project Administrator and Sponsors also reserve the right to award no prize in a category ifno qualified Submission is received in that category.For all Prizes: Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receiptand/or use. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute prizes of comparable value. No transfer orsubstitution  of  a  prize  is  permitted  except  by  Sponsors.  The  prize  will  be  mailed  to  the  winner’s  address within 45 days of receipt of the signed affidavit(s) of eligibility and liability/publicityrelease(s) form(s). If a team of individuals is selected as a prize winner, the prize will beawarded to the group and it will be up to the group, company or organization to split orappropriately allocate the prize. No single submission can win more than one (1) prize.Entry Conditions and ReleaseBy entering, you agree to the following conditions and release:Revised March 1, 2013
  6. 6. (1) Each Contestant agrees to comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and thedecisions of the Sponsors, Project Administrator, and/or the Competition judges which arebinding and final in all matters relating to this Competition.(2) Each Contestant also agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsors, ProjectAdministrator, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the prizesuppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering,advertising or promoting the Competition, and all of their respective past and present officers,directors,  employees,  agents  and  representatives  (collectively,  the  “Released  Parties”)  from  and  against any and all claims, expenses, and liability. These claims, expenses, and liability include,but are not limited to, negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, includingbut not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of privatefacts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation ofright of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights,property  damage,  or  death  or  personal  injury  arising  out  of  or  relating  to  a  Contestant’s  entry,  creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Competition, acceptance oruse or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast,transmission, performance, exploitation or use of entry.(3) Each Contestant also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsors andProject Administrator from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (includingreasonable  attorneys’  fees)  arising  out  of  or  relating  to  a  Contestant’s  participation  in  the  Competition  and/or  Contestant’s  acceptance,  use  or  misuse of prize.PublicityExcept  where  prohibited,  participation  in  the  Competition  constitutes  winners’  consent  to  Sponsors’,  Project  Administrator’s  and  their  agents’  use  of  winner’s  name,  likeness,  photograph,  voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide,without further payment or consideration.General ConditionsSponsors and Project Administrator reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify theCompetition, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsorsand/or  Project  Administrator’s  reasonable  control  impairs  the  integrity  or  proper  functioning  of  the Competition, as determined by Sponsors and/or Project Administrator in their solediscretion. Sponsors and/or Project Administrator reserve the right in their sole discretion todisqualify any individual or competitor it finds to be tampering with the entry process or theoperation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any otherpromotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Competitionmay be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsorsand/or Project Administrator reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to thefullest  extent  permitted  by  law.  Sponsors  and/or  Project  Administrator’s  failure  to  enforce  any  term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.Revised March 1, 2013
  7. 7. Sponsors and Project Administrator are not responsible for, nor are they required to count,incomplete, late, misdirected, damaged, unlawful or illicit votes, including those secured throughpayment, votes achieved through automated means or by registering more than one e-mailaccount  and  name,  using  another  Contestant’s  e-mail account and name, as well as those lostfor technical reasons or otherwise.Limitations of LiabilityThe Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information,whether caused by the Contestants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programmingassociated with or utilized in the Competition; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but notlimited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware orsoftware; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or theCompetition; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of theCompetition or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or propertywhich  may  be  caused,  directly  or  indirectly,  in  whole  or  in  part,  from  Contestant’s  participation  in  the Competition or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.If  for  any  reason  a  Contestant’s  Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost,or  otherwise  destroyed  or  corrupted,  entrant’s  sole  remedy  is  to  provide  another  Submission.  No  more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.DisputesContestant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of orconnected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning theadministration of the Competition or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually,without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all disputes, claims and causes of actionarising out of or connected with this Competition, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolvedexclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate Illinois State Court; (3) any andall claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred,including  costs  associated  with  entering  this  Competition,  but  in  no  event  attorneys’  fees;;  and  (4) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant herebywaives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any otherdamages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damagesmultiplied or otherwise increased.PrivacyProject Administrator collects personal information from you when you enter the Competition.The information collected is subject to the privacy policy located below:Effective February 1, 2013We at the Illinois Open Technology Challenge have created this Privacy Policy because weknow you care about how information you provide to us is used and shared. This Privacy PolicyRevised March 1, 2013
  8. 8. describes how we gather information from you when you visit the ILOpenTech website locatedat and  its  affiliated  websites  (collectively  referred  to  as  the  “Site”),  and  how we may use and share that information. By visiting our Site, you are accepting the practicesdescribed in this Privacy Policy and the accompanying Terms of Service.In  this  Privacy  Policy,  the  words  “we,”  ‘us”  and  “our”  refer  to  Illinois  Open  Technology  Challenge.Collected Information and UseIf you desire to submit an application for our competition via the Site, you will be required tosubmit certain personally identifiable information to Illinois Open Technology Challenge(“Personally  Identifiable  Information”).  Personally  Identifiable  Information  may  include  your  name, email address, phone number and your location. Personally Identifiable Information willnot be publicly displayed on the Site unless you give us permission to display specificinformation (such as your full name). Your email address and phone number will never bepublicly displayed.You may enter additional content including your biography, challenge ideas, wishes, photos,profile image, questions, suggestions, solutions, or other content or submissions (collectivelyreferred  to  as  the  “User  Content”).  User  Content  may  be  viewable  by  the  public.  It  is  your  responsibility to ensure that you do not submit any User Content that you do not want publiclydisplayed,  and  that  nothing  you  submit  includes  proprietary  information,  information  that’s  illegal  to make public, or personal information about you such as your social security number.We use the Personally Identifiable Information you provide in a manner that is consistent withthis Privacy Policy. For instance, we will use the Personally Identifiable Information you inputduring the registration process to administer access to the Site and to award prizes by IllinoisOpen Technology Challenge Project Administrator. We will also use your Personally IdentifiableInformation and other non-personally identifiable information collected through the Site to helpus improve the content and functionality of the Site and to better understand the users of ourSite. In addition, we may use your Personally Identifiable Information to update you about theSite. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such information orcommunications from us, please email us at Illinois Open Technology Challenge Sponsor, or a third party service provider that does nothave access to your Personally Identifiable Information, may collect statistics about the behaviorof visitors to the Site. Our servers may automatically record information that your browser sendswhenever you visit the Illinois Open Technology Challenge website. These server logs mayinclude information such as the page(s) you visited, your Internet Protocol address, Illinois OpenTechnology Challenge cookie information, web browser type, browser language, and the dateand time of your request. Illinois Open Technology Challenge uses this traffic data to helpdiagnose problems with its server(s), analyze trends and administer the Site.CookiesLike  many  websites,  we  use  “cookie”  technology  to  collect  additional  website  usage  data  and  to  improve the Site and our service. A cookie is a small data file that we may transfer to yourRevised March 1, 2013
  9. 9. computer’s  hard  disk.  We  do  not  use  cookies  to  collect  Personally  Identifiable Information.Illinois Open Technology Challenge may use both session cookies and persistent cookies tobetter understand how you interact with the Site and our service, to monitor aggregate usage byour users and web traffic routing on the Site, and to improve the Site and our service.You can set your web browser to refuse all cookies, but some Illinois Open TechnologyChallenge features and services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled.Sharing your InformationIllinois Open Technology Challenge is not in the business of selling your information. Weconsider this information to be a vital part of our relationship with you. There are, however,certain circumstances in which we may share your Personally Identifiable Information withcertain third parties including those set forth below:Agents, Consultants and Related Third PartiesIllinois Open Technology Challenge, like many businesses, sometimes hires other companies toperform certain business-related functions. For example, we may pass your PersonallyIdentifiable Information to our designated service provider(s) in order to process payments, sendmailings, and maintain databases. When we employ another company to perform a function ofthis nature, we provide them only with the information that they need to perform their specificfunction.AdvertisersIllinois Open Technology Challenge may aggregate your information with information of otherusers, and disclose such information to advertisers and other third parties for marketing andpromotional purposes. However, Illinois Open Technology Challenge will never disclose yourPersonally Identifiable Information to advertisers and other third parties for marketing andpromotional purposes without your express consent.Activities and other EventsIllinois Open Technology Challenge may enter into collaborative relationships with other thirdparties on the Site with respect to activities or events. If you participate in these challenges,activities or events, you may be asked to provide Personally Identifiable Information or toanswer questions that seek your personal information. We may transfer your PersonallyIdentifiable Information to third parties in conjunction with such activities or events.Legal RequirementsIllinois Open Technology Challenge may disclose your Personally Identifiable Information ifrequired to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) complywith a legal obligation, (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Illinois Open TechnologyChallenge, © act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Site orthe public, or (d) protect against legal liability.Revised March 1, 2013
  10. 10. Business TransfersAs we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In the event of acorporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar event, challenges, activities orevents may be part of the transferred assets.ChildrenIllinois Open Technology is not directed at individuals under sixteen (16) years of age, the Sitedoes not knowingly accept registrations from children under sixteen (16) years of age and we donot intend to collect any Personally Identifiable Information from such individuals.If you suspect that your child under sixteen (16) years of age has submitted an application onthe Site, please let us know by emailing and we will take action torectify the situation.Although Illinois Open Technology does not knowingly accept registrations from users under theage of sixteen (16), minors are eligible to enter this contest by having their parents or guardiansregister at on their behalf and are required to submit a parental consentnotice to before  their  child’s  submissions  will  be  eligible  to  win  the  contest.Your Acceptance of this Privacy PolicyBy using the Site, you signify your assent to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with thisPrivacy Policy, please do not use the Site. Your continued use of the Site following the postingof changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.ConfidentialityIllinois Open Technology Challenge is very concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality ofyour Personally Identifiable Information. You, too, need to strive to protect against unauthorizedaccess to your password and to your computer by signing off once you have finished using ashared computer.ArchivesIllinois Open Technology may keep copies of user information, or other content provided by you,after their removal from the site in archive storage. This archive storage may include pastversions of stored items that have since been modified or deleted.Changes to this Privacy PolicyWe may update this policy at any time by simply posting such modification on the Site. We willnotify you of any material changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy onour Site. You are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.Revised March 1, 2013
  11. 11. Conditions of UseIf you decide to visit the Site, your visit and any possible dispute over privacy is subject to thisprivacy policy and our Terms of Service, including limitations on damages and application ofIllinois state law.Links to Other has links to other websites. Once you follow a link to somewhere else, youractions are no longer subject to this Privacy Policy.Important Notice to Non-U.S. ResidentsThe Site is operated in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, pleasebe aware that any information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. Byusing the Site and/or providing us with any information, you consent to this transfer.Contact UsIf you have any questions about this policy or our site in general, please contact us atinfo@illinoisopentech.orgCompetition ResultsFor results of the competition visit on or around April 19, 2013Sponsors and Project AdministratorSponsors: (1) State of Illinois, (2) Chicago Community Trust, (3) Google, (4) Illinois InnovationCouncil, (5) John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, (6) Motorola Mobility Foundation, and (7)Comcast.Project Administrator: Illinois Science & Technology Coalition and Smart Chicago CollaborativeRevised March 1, 2013