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Belleville Meetup for the ILOpenTech Challenge at Lindenwood University

Join us for the first Belleville meeting in the Illinois Open Technology Challenge (ILOpenTech).

ILOpenTech brings governments, developers and communities together in a common mission to use public data and create digital tools that will serve today’s civic needs and promote economic development.

This multi-month initiative aims to make Illinois’ open data platform,Data.Illinois.Gov, available statewide, and host government trainings, community meetings and hackathons that will bring together developers in technology with civic-minded individuals and organizations. Our goal is to help develop a real community where we will see sustainable civic results and developers will prosper.

At least $75K in total prize money will be awarded to any individual, or team of individuals for developing innovative software applications that utilize open government data to best address the challenges in one of our communities: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford and South Suburbs.

The most relevant data for the Belleville community can be found at

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


Here's how we see our evening together:

6 - 6:15 Introductions

We'll go around the room, introduce ourselves, and say a brief statement about what you’re interested in achieving. Examples: “I have an idea for a app, and I need to meet a developer”, “I’m an expert at land use and I’m interested in talking with community members”, “I’m a government official and I’m looking to connect with developers”—things like that.

6:15 – 6:30 Kickoff

We’ll hear from ILOpenTech Challenge team about the current state of the contest and review the requirements. We’ll talk about timelines, judging, and so on.  Our role is to manage the Challenge and help guide participants as they form teams and brainstorm ideas, so we want to hear from you.

6:30 – 7 Ideas + Matching

This is the time for anyone with an idea to present it to the group in a more complete fashion and make a pitch for people to join them. We will have lots of materials that will help you express yourselves—easels, large postits, markers, etc. You’ll want to talk about what data you’d like to use and what community issues you want to solve. One way to get an early jump on this is to use post to the discussion on the Meetup page.

We also ask you two questions when signing up for the Meetup—the more thinking you do before the event, the more you will get out of it

-- Do you have an idea for an app that you'd like to submit? Let us know!

-- Do you have a community issue you'd like to address through data and technology? If so, can you describe?

7 – 8 Team Work

Teams will split off into groups and start planning their work. Since this is just the planning stage, feel free to walk around and hear from lots of people and teams.

8 – 8:30 Reports

We’ll regroup and hear from each of the groups and plan next steps.



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  • Daniel X. O.

    Great to have the Mayor and others from city government there!

    December 15, 2012

  • Dan R.

    The timing is great on this - we're trying to get a Code for America kind of initiative going in the bi-state St. Louis area. We'd love to learn from the IL success to make it happen. Are you getting good response or can we help get the word out?

    December 4, 2012

    • Daniel X. O.

      Dan: it's great to hear from you. Smart Chicago jyst completed a Code for America project: http://www.smartchica...­

      Please do spread the word about this event. Hope to meet you soon!

      December 4, 2012

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