Attendees went to workshops, created technological applications and supported gender diversification in STEM fields.
“There are so many hackathons and so few women in technology,” Emily Newman, UNC junior and Pearl Hacks co-executive director, said. “Pearl Hacks is a comfortable environment for all women to hack together.”
She said it is one of the first all-female hackathons.
Pearl Hacks hosts workshops for skills such as iOS development, fixing bugs in code and web development for all skill levels. Companies such as Google, Intel and Cisco give 30-minute Tech Talks and give prizes for best use of their technology.
“Women can win prizes at the end for the best women-centric hack,” Newman said. “People focus on things like sexual awareness and safety concerns.”
Madison Pfaff, UNC senior and Pearl Hacks director of marketing, said Pearl Hacks gains a lot of interest for sponsorship from companies because they are geared toward women.
“Being a minority, I was very aware of the gap in technology fields for minorities as well as gender,” she said about the low number of women in STEM fields.
Pfaff is a computer science and mathematical decision sciences double major. She said in her computer science classes there are about 10 girls out of 100 students.