In order to attend Pearl Hacks you must have a valid university ID. You may not enter the venue without a valid university ID.
Anyone may attend Pearl Hacks, even if you register late or not at all. You can sign up at the door. In order to accommodate everyone, we cannot guarantee food or t-shirts for late registrants. There are many affordable dining options within walking distance of the venue and plenty of room for you to work while you're here. Whether you register beforehand or when you arrive, you will have a great time at Pearl Hacks.
We do not allow alcohol, weapons, or illegal substances in our venues. Please do not bring these items to Pearl Hacks. In addition, please do not permanently modify or damage the rooms that we will be using. If you see something that needs immediate attention, please notify an event volunteer or message a director on Slack.
Please clean up after yourself and use the proper receptacles for your garbage. If it’s recyclable, please recycle. If a trash can is overflowing, try to find another one and alert an organizer to the problem by messaging one on Slack.
All code presented for judging must be written during the event. Contestants that violate this rule will be disqualified. The easiest way to avoid doing this is by trying something you've never done before.
You should already know this one. Take only as much food as you will eat, then come back for more later if you are still hungry. Large events run the risk of running out of food not because there isn't enough for everyone but because people, worried that there won't be enough for them, take more than they can eat. This leaves less for people who come later. In the end, the people who took too much end up throwing away the extra food because they couldn't eat all of it. Others end up having to go find food elsewhere. Don't do this at Pearl Hacks.
In the event of an emergency, call 911, and then message a director on Slack
All Pearl Hacks attendees must agree to the MLH Data Sharing Notice, linked here!
In addition to everything listed on this page, Pearl Hacks also requires all attendees to abide by the MLH Code of Conduct. For more information, read the document here.
Pearl Hacks is a weekend filled with fun and learning. You’ll become a better programmer and meet some fantastic ladies, all while raking in some awesome freebies.
As long as you identify as female and will be 18 at the start of the hackathon, you are more than welcome to attend! Professionals are encouraged to attend as mentors regardless of gender, and males are welcome to attend as volunteers.
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.
Lucky for you Pearl Hacks prides itself in being a first-time-friendly hackathon! We host lots of events aimed at helping first time coders and hackers alike familiarize themselves with how to code. We also have a team of mentors who would love to show you the ropes. Not to mention you’ll be surrounded by 500 other ladies cheering you on.
We have a limited number of air mattresses available for those who wish to use them, and feel free to bring a pillow and blanket. We will have a dedicated “quiet room” (we can’t call it a sleeping room for legal purposes but you can think of it as one). If you prefer a hotel, the Carolina Inn is across the street, but it is very expensive.
Please see the travel tab for all questions related to travel.
Please email us at and we will do our best to accommodate your needs as necessary. Our venue has elevators and it wheel-chair accessible. Contact us for any other needs!
All work on a project should be done at the hackathon. Teams can use libraries, frameworks, or open-source code in their projects. Working on a project before the event and open-sourcing it for the sole purpose of using the code during the event is against the spirit of the rules and is not allowed. Adding new features to existing projects is allowed. Judges will only consider new functionality introduced or new features added during the hackathon in determining the winners.
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…
Is grass green? Is the sky a beautiful Carolina Blue? 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.
You can create your team with whoever you like, up to four people, once you arrive. Or if you are really determined you can create a project all by yourself! We will have a team forming event at the beginning event for those still looking.
Yes, you will! The entire UNC Computer Science Department is 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.
If you are an underrepresented gender in tech, you are more than welcome to join us!