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.

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$2,335 in prizes

Bandwidth Hack: The Future of Instant Messaging (2)

1st place - $100 AMEX gift card, Google Home, Bandwidth swag (T-shirt, water bottle, moleskin notebook), sweet treats
2nd place - Bandwidth notebook, $25 AMEX gift card

Capital One: Best Financial Hack

$300 Amazon Gift Card

Credit Suisse: Best Use of Automation

Sphero Mini

Fidelity Investments: Best Beginner Hack

Fitbit Iconic Watch

Genesys: Best Use of AI/Machine Learning

Amazon Echo Spot

Gillings School of Public Health: One Health

$100 Gift Card

Google: Best Use of Google API

Google Home Mini

JP Morgan: Best Hack for Social Good

Bose Bluetooth speaker

MetLife: Most Impactful Hack

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

Microsoft: Best use of Azure DevOps

nCino: Why So Serious Hack

Adafruit Gift Card + Surprise Fun Pack

Red Ventures: Most Innovative Hack

Rewriting the Code: Best Women Empowerment Hack

Echo Dot Gen 3

Splunk: Best Use of Splunk

Bose Soundsport Wireless Headphones

CS + Social Good: Most Environmentally Aware Hack

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

MLH: Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Raspberry Pi Kit

MLH: Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Mini

Pearl Hacks Prize: First Place

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II

Pearl Hacks Prize: Second Place

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Polaroid Camera + Film

Pearl Hacks Prize: Third Place

Mini Projector

BNY Mellon: Best User-Driven Hack

$150 Amazon gift card

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Sponsors, UNC-CS Professors, Mentors

Sponsors, UNC-CS Professors, 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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