Purdue IronHacks

Hack for innovation and join the open data movement.


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.

About IronHacks

Innovate with open data: Create a novel and useful web app with an interactive mashup that combines several (at least 2) open data sets into interactive visualizations.

Outperform others and learn from others: IronHacks is about competition but you get also feedback and learn from others’ work.

Hack and learn virtually. During the contest you have access to an online forum where you can ask questions and access all the information (including your own scores at each hacking round). No physical presence is needed. 3 weeks prior to the hack, we offer free on-the-job tutorials on key technologies (from basics like CSS to D3.js, or using the required APIs).

Gain & fame in multiple ways: Improve your score on the way, gain reputation among other hackers and our sponsors, and win cool prizes ($$$). Every participant will receive a signed certificate confirming successful participation in IronHacks.

Upcoming Hacks Hacks Spring 2017

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.

Purdue Gold
IronHacks Spring 2017

Start of training: March 7th
Start of contest: March 28th

  • This hack is for students at Purdue Polytechnic ONLY
  • If you are enrolled in the following classes, you are invited to sign-up: CGT 370: Interactive Data Visualization, CNIT559: Data Warehousing, TECH581: Open Data Hacking
  • Professors: Sabine Brunswicker, Victor Chen, John Springer
  • Challenge topic: Food location
  • Please view the flyer here

Purdue-UNAL Gold
IronHacks 2017

Start of training: March 7th
Start of contest: March 28th

  • This is hack for students at Universidad Nacional de Colombia ONLY
  • If you are enrolled in one of the following classes you are invited to sign-up: Ingeniería de software I: Group 1 & 2, Ingeniería de software II: Group 1 & 2.
  • Professors: Jairo Aponte, David Camilo Delgado, Yury Niño
  • Challenge topic: Housing and Safety
  • Please view the flyer here

Purdue-PLATZI Black
IronHacks 2017

Start of training: March 28th
Start of contest: April 18th

  • This is an open hack, open for everybody.
  • This hack is performed in collaboration with Platzi.com, a unique online education platform.
  • Please sign-up to get access to the tutorials and the information you need to get ready for the hack.
  • Challenge topic: Renting & Housing in New York City
  • Please view the flyer here


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.

Best Solution ($500 Amazon Gift Card plus free membership at www.platzi.com)

Winning Spirit ($250 Amazon Gift Card plus free membership at www.platzi.com)

Community Spirit ($150 Amazon Gift Card plus free membership at www.platzi.com)

Additional great opportunities


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.

One hack per participant

To make this a fair competition, we allow only one hack per participant in Spring 2017.


Code of conduct

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).


Iteration encouraged

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.

Follow the process

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.

Technical requirements

In each hack, the application should include at least 2 open data sets. Your application should be (mostly) written in JavaScript. For visualizations we ask you to use libraries like D3.js, etc.

Evaluation in four categories

Our experts judge your application in four categories: technology, user requirements, information visualization, and novelty. 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. 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.




Mashup Apps


Datasets Used



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