Pearl Hacks is dedicated to encouraging women to pursue their interests in technology. In this weekend filled with fun and learning, you'll learn more about tech and meet some fantastic people!
We hope that Pearl Hacks will help women and non binary individuals of skill levels to realize their true value, invigorate their educational journeys, and inspire each other to continue dreaming and achieving amazing things.
$5,895 in prizes
Rewriting the Code: Best Women’s Empowerment Hack
Waterproof Braven Portable Speakers + RTC t-shirts
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health: Most Promising Public Health Hack
$50 per team member
CapTech: Best Natural Language Processing Hack (2)
Prize 1: Google Home Smart Speaker with Google Assistant
Prize 2: Google Nest Mini (2nd generation) with Google Assistant
UNC Computer Science + Social Good: Best Hack Improving Lives of Youth
Google Chrome Casts
Cisco: Best #BeTheBridge Hack
Cisco swag bag: Apple Airpods w/ wireless charging case, Cisco socks, and more!
Red Ventures: Hack that Most Embodies the Spirit of Collaboration (2)
Prize 1: $75/person and swag
Prize 2: $25/person and swag
Barings Asset Management: Best ESG Hack
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 4GB Starter Max Kit 64GB Edition and Barings Swag
nCino: Why So Serious Hack
$25 Amazon Gift Card + surprise fun pack
Genesys: Most Likely to Improve Customer Experience (2)
Genesys Swag and AMEX gift card
Google Cloud: Best Use of Google Cloud (2)
Google Nest Mini, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, and Cloud Water Bottle
Google Cloud: Best Hack Using Perspective API for Social Good
Backpack, water bottle, trophy, pillow, Nest Mini
IBM: Best Natural Disaster Response or Mitigation Solution (2)
Prize 1: $500
Prize 2: $300
Avalara: Best Hack to Simplify an Everyday Process (2)
Prize 1: Orange Bose Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Prize 2: Orange Rocketbook Bundle
Optum: Best Health Hack
24" Scepter Monitor & Optum Ceramic Mug
CapitalOne: Best Financial Hack
$250 amazon gift card/team member
Wells Fargo: Best Financial Literacy Hack (2)
Prize 1: Bluetooth earmuffs and $100 amazon gift card
Prize 2: Bluetooth earmuffs and $25 amazon gift card
MetLife: Most Impactful Hack
Metlife swag (s'well water bottle, notebook, socks) and $50 amazon gift card/member
Microsoft: Best Hack for the Triangle Area
Microsoft surface mice
Vanguard: Best Financial Literacy Hack
Amazon Echo Dot
Credit Suisse: Best use of Machine Learning/AI
Amazon Echo Dot
Bandwidth: Future of Instant Messaging
Bandwidth swag + airpods
Twitter: Hack that best supports the idea that change has to begin with the people (2)
Prize 1: Airpods
Prize 2: Camelbak twitter backpack
Splunk: Most Creative Data Hack
Beats pill speaker, snuggie
MLH: Best UPath Automation Hack
Build or add automation to your hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a Limited Edition UiPath Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!
MLH: Most Creative Radar.io Hack
Tile Sticker Smart Tracker
Pearl Hacks Prize: First Place
Pearl Hacks Prize: Second Place
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Polaroid Camera + Film
Pearl Hacks Prize: Third Place
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Sponsors, UNC CS Professors, Mentors
This directly derives from one of our core values. We want hackers to contribute back to the field they’re in, so that their work can better benefit the community in the future.
Reinventing the wheel, no matter how awesome the wheel is, is quite banal. Exploration of ideas is a value that we want all hackers to pursue. Pearl Hacks is looking for novel hacks engineered from the minds of our creative hackers.
Hacks can easily have a variety of ranges of difficulty. We want to reward hackers who demonstrate a large amount of technical prowess in the projects created.
We are looking for hacks that are well-built and could easily be continued to become a viable product. The hack should be more than just a pitch.
There are certain hacks that just cause you to say “WOW.” It is up to the discretion of the judges to identify this intangible quality of a hack that just amazes people.