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!

Hackathon Sponsors


$11,360 in prizes

1st Place Prize (4)

Dell Tablet and Smart TV. Note: each person on the team will get the prize.

2nd Place Prize (4)

GoPro and a $100 Visa gift card (brought to you by JP Morgan Chase & Co).

3rd Place Prize (4)

Pebble Whites (brought to you by Pebble) and Chromecasts

Pearl Hacks Prize (4)

Given to the best woman centric hack, the Pearl Hacks prize will consist of a pearl necklace, Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, and a Tile (misplaced item finder).

Best Rookie Hack (4)

Invitation to Qualcomm’s Women Collegiate Conference in San Diego (all expenses paid) awarded to the best hack from a first-time hackathon team. More than half of the members must be in their first hackathon ever.

Sponsored by Qualcomm.

#SQLServiceAward (4)

Prize worth $500 to the team whose hack has the greatest impact on the community.

Sponsored by SQL Sentry.

Best Networking Hack (4)

VIRL 1 year subscription & Cisco swag bag awarded to team with best networking hack – get those creative juices flowing!

Sponsored by Cisco.

Best Security Hack (4)

$50 giftcards and Allscripts swag awarded to team that finds the best way to create and complete a form online and securely send this to a third party.

Sponsored by Allscripts.

Best Use of Voice or Text Technology (4)

Awarded to the team with the best hack involving voice or text technology.

Sponsored by Bandwidth.

Best Use of Edison Board (4)

Dell Venue 8, 32GB tablets awarded to the team that creates the best hack with an Intel Edison Board.

Sponsored by Intel.

Best Use of Cisco Technology (4)

Awarded to team whose project implements the best use of any Cisco technology. (Cisco Mentors at Pearl Hacks will be available to give support for Tropo & Spark APIs, but you are free to use other APIs if you wish.)

Sponsored by Cisco.

Best Use of Capital One's Nessie API (4)

Awarded to the team that creates the best hack using Capital One's Nessie API.

Sponsored by Capital One.

Best Open Source Hack (4)

SparkFun LilyPad Design kits (wearable technology) awarded to the team with the best open source hack.

Sponsored by Red Hat.

Best Use of AWS (4)

Awarded to the team with the best hack involving Amazon Web Services.

Sponsored by MLH.

Best Developer Tool (4)

Awarded to the team that creates the best developer tool hack.

Sponsored by MLH.

Best Domain Name (4)

Awarded to the team with the best Domain.com domain name. Sponsored by MLH.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




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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