March 23rd 6pm-8pm
Peoria Riverfront Museum

Sponsored by

Open Tech Summit

Welcome to the first, annual Heart Of Illinois Open Technology Summit. This event celebrates Open source technology in all its forms: from open software to open hardware, Linux to 3D Printing. Everyone interacts with something powered by open source and might not even know it! This event will showcase the amazing open source innovation happening in Central Illinois and around the world.

Hosted by RiverCityLabs

RiverCityLabs is Peoria’s makerspace. We aim to operate solely on open source technologies as they provide us with the freedom to do anything we want. We love Open Technology so much, we decided to host an event centered around it. The open software we use talks to open hardware machines to make your dream projects come to life. We encourage you to come check out the space after the show and see how open source empowers innovation!

What is Open Source?

"Open source software is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open source software is made by many people, and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition."

"Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design."

What will I see?

  • 3D Printing
  • 3D Scanning—Get a 3D Model of Yourself!
  • Quad Copters
  • IoT (Internet of Things) Gadgets
  • Linux (and other Open Operating Systems)
  • Tech Talks from Local Innovators
  • So much more!

Have a project you would like to show off or do a Tech Talk on? We would love to have you!! Send an email to and let us know what you're bringing and what you need!

Or, honestly, you can just show up at the event with everything you need, and we'll make sure to find you a time slot to present, and/or a table for your display. Let's be honest, we're never prepared for events like this either. The more presentations and displays the better!

Donations and Sponsorship

Want to let the world know how much you love open source? These projects and all the awesome things RiverCityLabs does take resources and those resources come from great organizations and people like you!

Click the link below to become a sponsor of the event or donate to RiverCityLabs and contribute to our community of Innovation.