March 21 - 22, 2015

The University of North Carolina

Open to all high school and college women

Pearl Hacks is a weekend event bringing together women from all over the United States to work on projects with mentors from software engineering companies.

Hacking doesn’t mean breaking into anything - It’s breaking your ideas out of the confines of your mind and learning how to make them a reality.

At Pearl Hacks, we will start out with a variety of technical workshops suited for all skill levels and then encourage you to work with other participants to build something using what you learned.

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How much does it cost?

Pearl Hacks is completely free. We provide all meals (plus snacks and drinks!) while you are here, as well as a nap room and colorful swag from our sponsors.

How will I get to Chapel Hill?

We will be sending busses to universities in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia. Otherwise, we will reimburse you for carpooling with at least three participants in your car. We also have a limited amount of funding for flight reimbursement, which we will distribute as we are able.

What if I don’t have a team?

Don’t sweat it! Pearl Hacks is all about meeting new people. If you have an awesome idea, you’ll definitely be able to find people to work with you. If you don’t have an idea, be on the lookout for projects that sound interesting that you can join! Please limit teams to no more than four participants.

Wait, you said build?

The best thing about tech is that you can build something with only your laptop and your brain. We will be providing extra hardware for you to play around with in your projects.

What should I bring?

Bring your laptop, phone, chargers, toiletries, a sleeping bag and pillow, a change of clothes, and a well-rested open mind.

Saturday

8:30a.m.
Registration and breakfast
Breakfast
9:30
Opening ceremony and keynote
Opening ceremony
10:30
Workshop I (options to come)
Workshop I
12:30p.m.
Lunch and sponsor fair
Lunch!
1:30
Workshop II (options to come)
Workshop II
4:00
Workshop III (options to come)
Workshop III
6:00
Dinner with mentors (ask anything!)
Dinner with mentors

Work on hackathon projects
Talks by Pearl Hacks sponsors

11:00p.m.
Surprise event!
Surprise event!
12:00a.m.
Midnight snack (Sweet or salty?)
Midnight snack

Sunday

8:00a.m.
Breakfast
Breakfast
9:00
Yoga and massage area opens
Yoga/massages
11:00
Workshop: "How to demo"
"How to demo"
12:30p.m.
Submit final projects and lunch!
Stop work and lunch!
1:00
Demo fair I
Demo fair I
2:00
Demo fair II
Demo fair II
3:30
Closing ceremony and prizes
Closing ceremony
4:30
Pack up and say goodbye
Pack up
5:00
Out-of-town busses leave
Busses leave
   
Shuttles to airport available
Shuttles to airport

Questions?  hello@pearlhacks.com

Thank you to the sponsors of Pearl Hacks!

Contact us to become a sponsor