Buses are the largest way we get hackers to Pearl Hacks. This year, we will be offering 3 interstate routes. Check the routes below to see if your school is a stop! If you plan on riding a bus to Pearl Hacks, then check back soon for the signup form.
Bus Routes
Northern Route
John Hopkins University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
George Mason University
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
George Washington University
William and Mary
Western Route
Georgia Institute of Technology
Emory University
Clemson University
Georgia State University
Furman University
Southern Route
University of Florida
University of South Carolina
Benedict College


If your school isn’t along a bus route, you can still be reimbursed for travel. Gas will be reimbursed for any car that has 3 or more hackers in it (to ensure that they are actually attending Pearl Hacks, they all need to register, check in, and participate in the demo fair). Please check the chart to see how much of your gas we will cover. Please fill out the gas form if you need to apply for reimbursement. We have limited funds, which will be given on a first-come first-serve basis.
Distance from
Chapel Hill (round trip)
Reimbursement Cap (round trip)
0~50 miles
50~100 miles
100~200 miles
201~300 mile
301~400 miles
400+ miles


If you decide to use any other means of transportation (e.g. train or a bus not on our route), please email about the possibility of reimbursement. Feel free to reach out to us regarding any other transportation related questions you may have too! We’re looking forward to having you at our hackathon!