An Ironhack is a unique 21-day, 4-stage innovative hacking program for individuals who want to create impact from open data.
Participation is free. During our iterative hacking process, you will learn new skills, have the chance to learn from others and receive feedback from our experts! Turn your ideas into web apps that make data actionable and useful!
In IronHacks you learn new skills, win prizes ($$$), get exposed to global tech companies, win internships, and free memberships for Platzi.com. But most importantly you become part of a global movement of open data to make an impact in areas such as safety, health, or travel.
There are many ways but the most obvious one: Check out our upcoming hacks and sign-up for a contest in areas such as food, travel, and safety. If you do not feel ready to sign-up, just contact us. We always look for open data enthusiasts, UX experts, or partners that want to help us in defining future challenges.
There are 3 hacks coming up. Please sign-up below. You can only sign-up for one hack.
Gold IronHacks are only for students enrolled in classes at Purdue or at our partner universities. Black IronHacks are open for everybody! Before you can enter the online forum, you will have to fill in a brief survey. There will be a training period of 3 weeks where you can get familiar with the key technologies.
There is a range of great prizes to win. We award winners in three categories: Best solution, winning spirit, and community spirit. In addition, there is a range of other additional prizes and awards.
Our IronHacks follow a unique 4-stage process. In order to win a prize and qualify for a certificate there are few rules and guidelines to keep in mind! We are all about openness and community-think! Be part of it.
To make this a fair competition, we allow only one hack per participant in Spring 2017.
To qualify for the award, you need to be the originator & submitter of your app. Even though we allow you to reuse others’ code, your code should be written by yourself. Further, we follow the idea of openness and open source (you will learn more about it during the hack).
Your first of four submissions does not have to be a shiny app. It is about getting started. A rough working prototype is fine to start off. The feedback from experts will help you to improve.
Our process has 4 hacking and 4 evaluation phases. To qualify for the award you have to submit in all four rounds. You can benefit from it.
Our experts judge your application in four categories: technology, user requirements, information visualization, and novelty. Stand out from the crowd.
Check out what prior participants experienced
Still have some questions or doubts? Here you will find some answers.
Purdue IronHacks has allowed people with no prior programming experience to succeed in the hack, and learn a great deal about how to turn open data into useful apps. So, it is for everybody with a willingness to come up with something cool.
No. All our training material is available via GitHub. We offer virtual meetings 3 weeks prior to the hacks. Once you have signed-up you will receive a google hangout invitation with bi-weekly meeting information. All hacking activities are online.
Yes, you must submit at least one application for each of the 4 hacking phases, otherwise you will not be eligible for the award. You will also have to fill in a survey prior to the start, and another after the hack (they are short). This project is sponsored by NSF.
During the hack, you have support from the community. The IronHacks forum provides immediate access to questions regarding rules and technologies to be used. Our experts will respond to questions within a few hours.
You can connect with us via phone, email, or just come to the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation, West-Lafayette, IN.