Purdue IronHacks

Hack for innovation and join the open data movement.

WHAT IS IRONHACKS?

IronHacks is a unique one month, 5-stage innovative hacking program for individuals who want to create impact from open data. During the iterative hacking process, you will learn new skills, have the chance to learn from others, and receive feedback from IronHacks experts! Turn your ideas into web apps that make data actionable and useful!

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?

In IronHacks, you learn new skills, win prizes ($$$), get exposed to tech organizations, and win internships. Most importantly, you become part of a global movement of open data to make an impact in areas such as safety, health, or travel.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

There are many ways to get involved: As hack participants, as industry sponsor, or as researcher. To learn more about upcoming hacks, please send an email to opendigital@purdue.edu.

About IronHacks

Innovate with open data: Create novel and useful data-driven web apps; analyze data and display them in an interactive mashup that combines several open data sets into interactive visualizations.

Outperform and learn from others: IronHacks is a competition, however, there is more o be gained: you receive expert feedback and learn from other’s work.

Hack and learn virtually: During the competition, you will use a unique social coding environment with direct access to tutorials, libraries, datasets, your dashboard with information about our progress, and a discussion forum. No physical presence is needed. Prior to the hack, we offer online tutorials and videos on technologies needed in the hack (e.g. how to access an API, how use bootstrap CSS, jquery, and D3.js).

Gain fame: Improve your score along the way, build your reputation among other hackers, create a link with IronHacks sponsors, win cool prizes ($$$), and receive a certificate confirming your successful completion in the competition.

Upcoming Hacks Hacks Spring 2018

IronHacks are for students enrolled in Purdue classes and our partner universities.

IronHacks are open to everybody, everywhere. You can only sign up for one hack at a time. Before entering the competition, you must complete a brief survey. There will be a 3-week boot-camp training where you can get familiar with key technologies prior to the competition. So, start early!

Purdue
IronHacks Spring 2018 (For UNAL Students)

Start of tutorials: April 23rd

  • Challenge topic: Housing
  • This hack is for students enrolled in a Software Engineering class at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
  • Stay tuned for more details.

Purdue
IronHacks Spring 2018 (For CUPL Students)

Start of tutorials: April 23

  • Challenge topic: Workforce
  • This hack is for students from CUPL.
  • Partner: Management Performance Hub (MPH).
  • Stay tuned for more details.

Purdue
IronHacks Fall 2018

Start of tutorials: October 2018

  • Challenge topic: to be announced soon.
  • This hack is for students at Purdue University; external students can participate upon request.
  • Stay tuned for more details.

Purdue
IronHacks Spring 2018 (For UNAL Students)

Start of tutorials: April 23rd

  • Challenge topic: Housing.
  • This hack is for students enrolled in a Software Engineering class at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
  • Stay tuned for more details.

Purdue
IronHacks Spring 2018 (For CUPL Students)

Start: April 2018

  • Challenge topic: Housing.
  • This hack is for students at Chinese University of Political Science and Law (CUPL); external students can participate upon request.
  • Stay tuned for more details.

Purdue IronHacks
Fall 2018

Start of tutorials: October 2018

  • Challenge topic: to be announced soon.
  • This hack is for students at Purdue University; external students can participate upon request.
  • Stay tuned for more details.

Prizes

Sign up now for your chance to win great gift cards, cool swag, and internships with major sponsors.

Top 3 Awards

Winning Spirit

Community Spirit

Additional great opportunities

RULES AND GUIDELINES

Our IronHacks follow a unique 5-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.

Follow the process

Our IronHacks follows a unique 5-stage process. In order to win a prize, there are a few rules to keep in mind. The most important thing: you need to submit in each round in order to be eligible for the award.

 

Use our tools and infrastructure

In IronHacks, we give you access to a great social coding experience. All the activites happen online. Use our tools and environments and do not cheat.

 

Iterate

Your first of submission does not have to be final. A rough working prototype is enough to start off, and improving. We will help with a pre-defined file structure to get started.

Be ethical

To qualify for the award, you need to be the originator & submitter of your app. Even though we allow you to reuse existing libraries (eligible), your code should be written by yourself. Further, we follow the idea of openness and open source. We encourage re-use and your final solution will be made available using an open source library.

Meet the Requirements

To make it a fair competition and ensure high quality apps, we clearly define functional and technical requirements: e.g. minimum functionalities needed, eligible languages and datasets. Further, we also give you a list of libraries that help you to master the task.

Focus on quality

Our experts judge your application in technical, functional, and user-centered categories: technology, functional requirements, usability, and information visualization. Stand out from the crowd.

Prior Hacks

Check out what prior participants experienced.

FAQ’S About The Purdue IronHacks

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. Our hacks are virtual and take place on a social coding environment.

Yes, you must submit at least one application for each of the 5 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.

428

IronHackers

150

Mashup Apps

100

Datasets Used

3000

Commits

Get in Touch

You can connect with us via phone, email, or just come to the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation, West-Lafayette, IN.

+1 765.494.2885
Seng-Liang Wang Hall,
516 Northwestern Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47906