Every participant should register from our website: bigdata.uiowa.edu

   The Midwest Big Data Hackathon is a two-day event bringing together the Midwest Big Data community to work on creative ideas around big data applications. Student developers, designers, and data enthusiasts of all kinds can collaborate on exciting projects looking at the opportunities around analytics in the information we access every day. The event will be held at the University of Iowa. The event will be free and open to students from high school to graduate levels working or interest to work in the area of big data domains including Big Data Spokes areas (e.g. health sciences, food-energy-water, smart cities and communities, digital agriculture, manufacturing, etc.) Major cross cutting areas for the hackathon will be data visualization, visual analytics, big data management, scientific computing (HPC, Cloud, GPU), virtual/augmented/immersive reality applications, and cyber-learning systems.

   The faculty mentors from spokes domains will share their data and project ideas from the event website. Students will be able pick projects and data either from predefines topics or work on a new idea of their choice. The event program will include introduction of big data theme and MBDH, talks on big data topics, ideation, team building, development/hacking process, judging and announcing winners. The projects will demonstrate a working product of a big data application (e.g. visualization, mobile application, hardware/software solutions, data analytics, information communication, data and network services, etc.)

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  • Participants: Individuals (over 18 years in age).
  • Teams: (Max. of 4)
  • Countries: United States

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place by 3M

Oculus Rift

2nd Place

Anki Cosmo Robot

3rd Place by 3M

JBL Speakers

4th Place by 3M

JBL Speakers

5th Place - Rock the Hack Award by Rockwell Collins

JBL Harman Bluetooth

Best Fintech/Insurtech Hack by CUNA Mutual Group

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Best app built with health focus by Health Tech Solutions

$400 Cash + Final Round Interviews for Part/Full/Internship Positions

Leepfrog Award for Data Visualization

Hubsan X4 Quadcopter with FPV Camera Toy + Crash Kit

.Tech Domain Award

Amazon Gift Card

Most Creative Application of Water Data Services by CUAHSI

Samsung Gear VR Camera

Best Commercial Idea Award by JPEC

Go Pro

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • See Hackathon Website

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