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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Sign up now for your chance to win great gift cards, cool swag, and internships with major sponsors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our experts judge your application in technical, functional, and user-centered categories: technology, functional requirements, usability, and information visualization. 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. 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.
You can connect with us via phone, email, or just come to the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation, West-Lafayette, IN.