HackNC is a weekend for students of all skill levels to broaden their talents. Your challenge is to make an awesome project in just 24 hours. You will have access to hands-on workshops and demos from our sponsors, as well as exciting talks about the awesome things happening right now with computer science and technology - not to mention all of the free food, shirts, stickers, and swag!

HackNC begins with just a weekend, but we hope you will whet skills, make friends, and foster ideas here that flourish. Ready to apply? You'll need a laptop and your fanciest thinking cap - everything else is on us.


Participants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to participate.  No professionals may submit projects for judging.


All code presented for judging must be written during the event. Contestants that violate this rule will be disqualified. The easiest way to avoid doing this is by trying something you've never done before.

Note: The information you input on this site will be used to generate judging assignments, but we won't judge your project based on what you submit here. Write a description, upload a few photos, and have fun with it, but don't worry too much about the contents of your submission.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,965 in prizes

1st Place

Each member of the 1st place team in the General category will be awarded a GoPro Hero Session!

2nd Place

Each member of the second place team in the General category will be awarded an Amazon Echo Dot.

3rd Place

Each member of the third place team in the General category will be awarded a micro-quadcopter.

Best Use of Capital One API - Nessie

Each member of the team will be awarded $250 by Capital One.

Best Use of Esri API

Each member of the team will be awarded $250 by Esri.

Best Use of AWS

Each member of the team will be awarded a 1 TB HDD by MLH.

Best Domain Name Registered with Domain.com

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


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. Win a HackHarassment Swag Bag.

Watch Dogs® 2 Best Device Privacy Hack

Winning team wins Collector's Edition of Watch Dogs® 2

Everything is part of the internet of things now - from your phone to your fitness band to your thermostat. Build a hack that utilizes private data being collected from your devices, and show how you can turn potential vulnerabilities into something constructive.

Best Mobile App by CapTech

Amazon gift cards and GripIt organizers for each member of the team.

Best Use of IBM Technologies (Bluemix, Watson, etc.)

A surPRIZE prize for the best hack that leverages IBM technologies.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Registration for HackNC 2016 is closed.


UNC Professors

UNC Professors
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Judging Criteria

  • Usefulness
    Credit will be awarded to those projects that can demonstrate real-world applicability.

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