Local app a winner in state technology challenge

Local app a winner in state technology challenge

Two Champaign residents have been awarded $15,000 from Governor Pat Quinn's adminstration for an app they created that's full of local information.

Josh and Stephanie O'Neal created the CU-There! app, featuring local news, events, parking information, landmarks and local businesses in Champaign-Urbana.  It's all part of the Illinois Open Technology Challenge, which was open to people across the state.  The challenge called on developers to create a digital tool that utilizes open government information to help better connect citizens and technological communication.

The City of Champaign encouraged local residents to take part in the technology challenge.  The city's Information Technology Director Mark Toalson said the app can help improve government transparency.

Toalson said Champaign had two other entries that were up for the award as well.

The creators said the C-U There! app will encourage tourism, commerce and learning among vistiors and citizens of all ages in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Toalson said the app is only available on Apple products.

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