Feb.16-17, 2019

UNC-Chapel Hill

Who we are

Pearl Hacks is a weekend-long hackathon for female and non-binary college students held at UNC-Chapel Hill. Participants work in teams of up to four to ideate and create incredible projects in just 24 hours, with the help of excellent mentors, workshops, and tech talks. All the while, they’ll get to meet some fantastic people, enjoy fun games, collect swag, and eat free food. We especially cater toward first-time hackers who are looking for an inclusive and supportive environment to explore the world of technology.

Join us at this wonderful event!


The Basics


8AM Saturday Feb 16 - 4PM Sunday Feb 17


Michael Hooker Research Center, Gillings School of Global Public Health

What should I bring?

• For sleep: sleeping bag/blanket, pillow
• For hacking: laptop, charger, university ID
• For a two day event: change of clothes, toiletries, reusable waterbottle

Where should I park?

On the weekends, parking is free in most parking spaces at UNC. The following two parking decks are the closest to our venue:
Bell Tower Deck(nell Bell Tower): Bell Tower Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
McCauley Deck: (below FedEx Global Education Center)301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC

And More

When is registration?

Registration begins at 8:00am on Saturday February 16th at Atrium of Michael Hooker Research Center. If you arrive on one of our buses you will be checked in upon arrival!

When is the lunch/sponsor fair/workshop/judging?

Please refer to our schedule page.

How do I keep updated during the event?

We will be communicating all important information and announcements through Slack so please join our Slack channel here! This will also be the easiest way to find teams, get help ask questions, and more.

How do I submit my work?

All work need to submitted on our Devpost. Specific submission information could be found here.


Pearl Hacks Prize: Empowering Minority/Underrepresented Communities

First place:Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker
Second place: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Polaroid Camera + Film
Third Place: Portable projector

BNY Mellon: Best User Driven Design

$150 Amazon Giftcard

Bandwidth Hack: The Future of Instant Messaging

$100 AMEX gift card, Google Home, Bandwidth swag (T-shirt, water bottle, moleskin notebook), sweet treats

Capital One: Best Financial Hack

$300 Amazon Gift Card

Credit Suisse: Best Use of Automation

Sphero Mini

Fidelity: Best Beginner Hack


Genesys: Best Use of AI/Machine Learning

Amazon Echo Spot

Google: Best Use of Google API

Google Home Mini

JP Morgan: Best Hack for Social Good

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speakers

Met Life: Most Innovative Hack

MetLife MTU Swag - laptop bag, charging block, other MetLife swag, and gift card

Microsoft: Best use of Azure DevOps

Xbox Stereo Headset

nCino: Why So Serious Hack

Adafruit Gift Card + Surprise Fun Pack

Red Ventures: Most Innovative Hack

Amazon Alexa

Rewriting The Code: Best Women Empowerment

Echo Dots

Splunk: Best use of Spunk

Amazon Alexa

CS+Social Good: Most Environmentally Aware Hack

Metal straw, Nalgene water bottles, pins and stickers, canvas tote bag