Pearl Hacks is a weekend event bringing together high school and college 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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Prizes

$19,950 in prizes

First Place

Automatic acceptance and all expenses paid to Global Hackathon Seoul in South Korea and Dell Android tablets for each team member.

Second Place

Automatic acceptance and all expenses paid to HackingEDU in the Bay Area. Also, Parrot Minidrones for each team member from WillowTree Apps.

Third Place

Amazon Prime Memberships, Google Cardboard, and GitHub t-shirts.

Best hack using the Pebble platform

Pebbles for all team members to take home. Sponsored by Pebble.

Best use of Cisco APIs

Rasperry Pi and VIRL personal subscription. Sponsored by Cisco.

For more information about VIRL look here: http://virl.cisco.com

Best user experience and design

Most fluid and functional interface. Design is clean and engages the user.

Sphero balls for team members plus a goody bag filled with art supplies. Sponsored by Infusion.

Top high school hack

Submitted to the final round of Google's Computer Science Academy for graduating seniors.

Most impressive first-time hack

Attendance to Qualcomm's Intern Women Conference at their headquarters in San Diego, CA over the summer.

Pearl Hacks Pusheen Prize

Most innovative project related to preventing sexual assault or promoting sexual health.

Pusheen swag. Sponsored by Pearl Hacks.

Best use of Capital One APIs

Trips to the Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston, October 2015. Sponsored by Capital One.

Best Use of Google APIs

Prize: Nexus Players by AndroidTV.

Most Creative Integration of the Interactive Intelligence API

Interactive Intelligence Amazon Web Service credits.

Best Presentation and Demo

$50 gift cards. Sponsored by Fidelity.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • ChallengePost submissions are open to all women who are physically present at Pearl Hacks.
  • You must be either a high school or college student to compete.
  • You are not allowed to write any code for your Pearl Hacks project before 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • Teams should be 1-4 people in size.

Requirements

  • Title of the project
  • Brief description
  • Team members names
  • Which category prizes your team/project qualifies for
  • Screenshots or demo video

Judges

Maegan Clawges

Maegan Clawges
Pearl Hacks founder and director

Judging Criteria

  • Innovative Idea
  • Technical Functionality
  • User Experience