Pearl Hacks is an all-female coding competition that is dedicated to encouraging women to pursue their interests in technology and innovation.

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.

Come for the hacking, but we will also have yoga, dancing, wearable electronics projects, supplies for jewelry and lego masterpieces, an intro to soldering booth, healthy food and awesome swag from our sponsors!

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Prizes

$6,599 in prizes

1st Place

Each member of the highest overall scoring team will be awarded an iPad Mini.

2nd Place

Each member of the highest overall scoring team will be awarded Bose wireless headphones.

3rd Place

Each member of the highest overall scoring team will be awarded 3D printing pens.

#HackHarrassment

Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

Each member of the team will be awarded $250 AWS Credit by MLH.

Best Domain Name Registered with Domain.com

Each member of the team will be awarded a Domain.com swag bag by MLH.

Best Hack to Solve an Everyday Challenge

Bandwidth will award Bandwidth swag, $25 gift cards, and a Rocket Wave notebook (https://getrocketbook.com/) to the team with the best hack to solve an everyday challenge.

Most Innovative Hack for Calling or Texting Using Bandwidth API

Bandwidth will award Bandwidth swag, $25 gift cards, and a Rocket Wave notebook (https://getrocketbook.com/) to the team with the most innovative hack for calling or texting using Bandwidth API.

Most Creative Hack

CapTech will award a CapTach hat and $25 Amazon giftcards to the team with the most creative hack.

Best Use of IBM Watson APIs

IBM will award Arduino starter kits to the team with the best use of IBM Watson APIs.

Best Education-Themed Hack

Make School will award $2000 scholarships to each team member to attend Make School's Summer Academy to the team with the best education-themed hack.

Best Beginner Hack

Make School will award $2000 scholarships to each team member to attend Make School's Summer Academy to the team with the best beginner hack.

Best use of Capital One API

Capital One will award $250 Amazon gift card to each member of the team with the best use of the Capital One API.

Best Open Source Hack

RedHat will award a protoSnap Lilypad Development Kit to each member of the team with the best open source hack.

Best Mobile App

Ticketmaster will award a goodie bag filled with VR Shinecon Virtual Reality Glasses, H36 Gyro Drone, TM Swag, and a $25 TicketMaster gift card to each member of the team with the best mobile app.

Best Social Good Hack

JP Morgan will award a BOSE SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones to the team with the best social good hack.

Most UnBAElievable hack

A fun prize will be awarded to the team members with the hack that most embodies Valentine's Day!

Most "Crazy Enough It Just Might Work" Hack

Red Ventures will award Amazon Echo Dots to the team with the most "crazy enough it just might work" hack.

Best UX Design

Sentry One will award $50 to the team with the best UX design of their project.

Best Use of New Technology

Cisco will award a $500 Amazon gift card to the team with the best use of new technology.

Most Technically Challenging Hack

Fidelity will award a $50 to each member of the team with the most technically challenging hack.

Pearl Hacks Prize

Pearl Hacks will award a prize to the team with the hack that most embodies the values of Pearl Hacks.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

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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.