MLH Official - Spring 2016

Pearl Hacks
April 2nd - 3rd, 2016
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Welcome to Pearl Hacks!

Pearl Hacks is an all-female hackathon aimed towards creating an encouraging environment for women of all skill levels to pursue their interests in technology. Hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for 24 hours you will build projects with peers and mentors about topics that spark your interests. Whether you are a master in heels and Java or you have yet to write your first "Hello World" program, we welcome you all. Look forward to participating in workshops for aspiring and experienced programmers. If advancing your knowledge of computer science isn't enough, we'll have plenty of free food, free shirts, and free swag. What's stopping you? Get ready for a weekend with phenomenal women you will never forget at Pearl Hacks!


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Frequently asked questions

Can I attend?

High school, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome to hack. Professionals are welcome to join as mentors, sponsors, or lecturers. Pearl Hacks welcomes all skill levels to participate, for this is the perfect environment to come and learn what you can do with a little bit of code.

What is it?

A weekend of fun and learning. You'll become a better programmer, meet fantastic ladies, and make cool stuff. You'll also have the chance to learn a lot and get loads of free stuff!

Will there be food?

Don’t worry. We’ll provide five full meals throughout the hackathon and there will be plenty of snacks in between. You won’t be hungry.

But I don't know how to code..

Don't you worry about a thing. We will have workshops for individuals of all skill levels, and mentors whom are specifically at Pearl Hacks to help you when you get stuck. Plus, you'll have 500 other women rooting for you and encouraging you every step of the way.

Can I use old code?

You may use all the publicly available code and APIs that you want but the code you will be judged on at the end of the hackathon must be new.

Registration Details

Emails confirming registration details will be sent on February 28th.  If you register after March 15th, we can not guarantee you will receive a free Pearl Hacks shirt and food will be first delegated to those who registered early. Registration up until the date of the event is more than welcomed because nothing should keep you from this opportunity!

What about sleep?

Bring your own pillow and bedding. There will be a sleeping space available Friday and Saturday nights. If you'd prefer a hotel room, the Carolina Inn is only 200 feet away (although very expensive).


MLH is providing the full hardware lab. In addition we will have soldering and assorted components, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and more Pebbles than you can wear on four limbs...

What about my team?

Be yourself; sign up as an individual! You can create your team with whoever you like, up to four people, once you arrive. Also, view the event page on Facebook to connect with fabulous ladies that are attending Pearl Hacks and looking for a team.

Travel costs?

See our travel policy for more information.

How do I get in?

Anyone can attend Pearl Hacks. Just thoughtfully fill out the application. The only limitation is the amount of food we can serve over the weekend, but if you register early.. come hungry.

Will I fit in?

Yes, you will! Pearl Hacks, Women in Computer Science at UNCCH, and UNC Computer Science are committed to making computer science a more diverse field. We are working to make this Pearl Hacks the most supportive environment for women in tech, so come willing and ready to meet inspirational and passionate women excited to hack with you.


What about...?

Email us with any of your questions.