Thanks to all Participants!


UIOWA Hackathon

Challenge outline

Midwest Big Data Hackathon is a 2 day non-stop hackathon with 150 participants, and it will be held at University of Iowa in the heart of downtown Iowa City, USA. The event is open to all university students that have a passion for creating things with technology!

Students will form teams to work on their project (or 'hack') up to 4 members. Projects are open format, which means that you can hack on web, mobile, desktop, or hardware applications. Company mentors will be available throughout the event for questions to make sure beginners and experts alike will have the help they need to successfully develop their project. All teams will demo their hacks at the end of the event and winners will be chosen by company mentors.

How will my project be judged?

Both Academy and Industry experts will browse the demos at the end of the event, asking questions and choosing their favorites. From these selections, the best-of-the-best will be compared and a select few will get the chance to present in front of everyone at the closing ceremony.


Participation in the event is abcolutely free. Food is on us too!

Take part in UIOWA Hackathon!

  1. Assemble your team or apply solo.
  2. Register to the hackathon.
  3. Let's meet on Oct 5-6! Come up with great idea!
  4. Work on your project during hackathon.
  5. Win prizes!

Get inspired!

Need an inspiration? Wondering what are you going to work on during hackathon? Have a look at the list below!

  • Datasets + Tools

    • Twitter REST API’s - Provide programmatic access to read and write Twitter data
    • Yelp - 2.7M reviews and 649K tips by Yelp’s users and user businesses.
    • BestBuy Open Product Data – Programmatic access to BestBuy’s product and store data
  • Datasets + Tools 2

    • The New York Times API’s – Programmatic access to The New York Times’ content. It includes articles, books, events etc.
    • The Guardian API’s - Programmatic access to The Guardian’s content
    • GDELT Database - Most comprehensive database of human society
  • Datasets + Tools 3

    • MIT Human Dynamics Lab Datasets – Several mobile data sets that contain dynamics of several communities of about 100 people each.
    • Million Song Dataset - Collection of audio features and metadata for a million contemporary popular music tracks
    • Wikipedia Dumps – Wikipedia database dumps in any language.
  • Datasets + Tools 4

    • Google Books Ngram Dataset – The dataset that used in Google Books Ngram Viewer.
    • International Cancer Genome Consortium – Dataset that includes information about cancer patients and their genomes.
    • GeoNames Data - Geographical database covers all countries and contains over eleven million place names

Why should you participate?

  • 01 Reason

    You will use new technologies!

  • 02 Reason

    You will meet and work with students from universities across the United States!

  • 03 Reason

    You will learn in a friendly and collaborative environment.

  • 04 Reason

    Experienced mentors from world-renowned companies will help you make your project the best it can be!

  • 05 Reason

    You will meet face-to-face the representatives from companies!

  • 06 Reason

    You will increase your chances of securing an internship or full-time position!

Where and when

University of Iowa Iowa City,
Oct 6-7, 2018