HackNC 2018 will take place on October 6th and 7th in Murray and Venable Halls at UNC-Chapel Hill!

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. Get started now.


You must be 18 or older (unless you are a UNC-CH student) to attend. There is no strict team size limit, but be aware that most prizes will be given out in sets of 4.


Build anything your heart desires!

Hackathon Sponsors


$60,810 in prizes

1st Place

GoPro Hero Session(s)

2nd Place

Mini Quadcopter Drone(s)

3rd Place

Amazon Echo Dot(s)

The Wolfram Award (30)

The top 30 teams will win a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro (max of 5 individuals per team).

Most Innovative Hack

Smart Notebook(s).
This prize will be awarded to the project that demonstrates the most creative and original thinking!

Best Game

Logitech Wireless Mouse(Mice). The best gamemakers at HackNC 2018 will earn these sweet wireless mice!

Healthiest Hack

Xiaomi Mi Band 3(s). These fitness bands will be awarded to a team that focuses on improving physical and mental well-being.

Best Hardware Hack

Arduino Car Starter Kit(s). Four hardware kits for a hardware team!

Most "Millennial" Hack

Emoji Plushie(s)

Best Financial Hack (2)

$250 Amazon Gift Card(s). Sponsored by Capital One.

Best Ethereum Smart Contract/Decentralized Application

$500 paid in Ether (exact amount determined by value at time of distribution).

Sponsored by ConsenSys and the UNC Blockchain club.

Requirements: Smart contract must be developed in Solidity, Viper, or LLL on the Ethereum network. Deploying the contract locally is fine (bonus points for deploying to the testnet). A UI is preferred but not required to interact with the contract!

Most Innovative Social Impact Hack

Certificate(s) and Chromecast(s). The Chromecasts will be delivered to the winners at a later date. Sponsored by CS+Social Good at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Best use of Algolia

Casio CA-506C-5A Calculator Watch for each team member. https://hack.mlh.io/prizes/

Best use of Google Cloud Platform (2)

Google Home Minis for each team member. https://hack.mlh.io/prizes/

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member. https://hack.mlh.io/prizes/

Best use of HERE.com

Hacker gear and swag from HERE.com. https://hack.mlh.io/prizes/

Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity Weekly Challenge

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Anjali Mittu

Anjali Mittu
Capital One

Sasha Lara Fain

Sasha Lara Fain

Laura Bhayani

Laura Bhayani

Robbie Young

Robbie Young
EQUITAS Life Sciences

Brian Clifford

Brian Clifford
EQUITAS Life Sciences

Avisek Mishra

Avisek Mishra
Credit Suisse

Austin Wang

Austin Wang
HackNC Team

Jesse Akes

Jesse Akes
HackNC Team

Armaan Sethi

Armaan Sethi
HackNC Team

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    The project idea is new, innovative and original.
  • Impact
    The project can be widely used to benefit people, the team explains how anyone can use their project for greater good.
  • Technically Sound
    The project implementation is well-thought out and technically sound.
  • Polish
    The project presents at least a minimal user interface, further point awarded for sleek designs.
  • Presentation
    The team is able to fully present the functionalities of their project, including what they wish to expand on in the future.

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Gold sponsors
Silver sponsors
Bronze sponsors
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