Open Data Day Hackathon

In recognition of Open Data Day, teams of UTA students will compete to create an app relating to the theme of the hackathon. Prizes will be awarded to the teams that come in first, second, and third place.

Students from a variety of experience levels and majors are encouraged to attend! We especially encourage students from non-STEM fields to participate. There are many ways to participate in the hackathon, not all of which are coding–and if you’re an English major who knows how to code, that’s also great!



Open Data Day Hackathon is open for everyone! You can work solo or in teams. Hacks can be software, hardware, or whatever your creative mind can conceive and deliver. See the Rules for more details.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,100 in prizes

1st place prizes totaling $1,200

2nd place prizes totaling $600

3rd place prizes totaling $300

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Kenton Rambsy

Dr. Kenton Rambsy
Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Digital Humanities, Department of English

Dr. Jianling Li

Dr. Jianling Li
Professor of Planning, College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs

Kord Hickson

Kord Hickson
Software Engineer, RKD Group

Judging Criteria

  • Usefulness
    How useful is your project? In what ways does it improve access to or evaluation of information related to the hackathon theme?
  • Fidelity
    Did you use open data sources in your project? Was the use of the data accurate and true to the original data and compliant with existing standards? Did you thoroughly document your project?
  • Design
    Did you put thought into the user experience? How well-designed is the interface? Is the purpose and functionality clear for the user?
  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Did you use a particularly clever technique or many different components? Did the technology involved make people go "Wow"?
  • Learning
    Did you stretch your skills, learn new tricks, or apply new tools?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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