Challenge: Participatory Budgeting for Community Engagement


Ziwei Ba, Kevin Renner, Larry Wang, Jonathan Hu

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Team: The IdolH@cksters

Team description

We are not a high school team. We are students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


This challenge appealed to us the most.

What it does

Interactively shows the city budget and allows user input on it

How I built it

We used Meteor, which is a framework built on top of Node.js and MongoDB for backend. For the charts we used charts.js, and we used a Java program to parse the JSON files.

Challenges I ran into

We had issues integrating the javascript charts into the meteor webpages.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We were able to accomplish all of our tasks-separately.

What I learned

We learned a lot about Meteor and Javascript, and Kevin learned about Mongo as well. We got a lot out of this hackathon and we're proud of what we've done.

What's next for budget

We hope to present a nice app!

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