The Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program will increase opportunities for entrepreneurship, economic development, and innovation through the expansion of digital manufacturing, digital media production, and data analytics. Supported by the University of Illinois Extension, the project will engage Illinoisans with mobile digital design and innovation labs, or “DigiTech Hubs,” which will serve as high-tech inventor workshops equipped with tools for everything from audio production to 3D printing. Digital Innovation Leadership staff will work with 4-H clubs, public libraries, and public schools to develop permanent community-based and -supported studios, creating a network that will build statewide capacity in digital design, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship.
DILP is a University of Illinois partnership of the Center for Digital Inclusion at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Extension, and the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, a unit of the Illinois Informatics Institute.
DILP is supported with funding from the Illinois Extension & Outreach Initiative—a special partnership between Extension, the Dean of ACES, and the Office of the Provost; the Illinois Informatics Institute; and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.