We hope that Pearl Hacks will help women of all ages to realize their true value, invigorate their educational journeys, and inspire each other to continue dreaming and achieving amazing things.

Hackathon Sponsors


$915 in prizes

Capital One - Best Financial Hack

CapTech - Most Community Impact

Google - Best Google Hack (2)

Sentry One - Best Use of Microsoft Stack

Red Ventures - Most Disruptive Hack

JP Morgan - Best Hack for Social Good

Microsoft - Best use of Microsoft Cognitive Services API

Genesys - Best AI/Machine Learning Hack (2)

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essentials Kit

Ally - Smart Money Application (2)

MLH 1st Place

Bandwidth - The Future of Instant Messaging

The Ultimate Bandwidth Basket

Devpost Achievements

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Sponsors, UNC-CS Professors, and Mentors

Sponsors, UNC-CS Professors, and Mentors

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    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.
  • Innovation
    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.
  • Technical Difficulty
    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.
  • Viability
    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.
  • "It" Factor
    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.

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