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 email@example.com 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!