HackNC 2021 will serve you from November 5th to November 7th (hybrid) 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're ready to learn new 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. Begin your journey by applying now at hacknc.com. This step is mandatory.


  • Create your Devpost submission on our HackNC 2021 Devpost BY 11:30AM EST and attach a video/demo (maximum 2-minute long) before the hacking period ends (Sunday, November 7th at 1:00 PM EST)

  • Every team can only submit one project. Multiple submissions per team will not be allowed.

  • Every submission must include a GitHub link to any code written for the hack, unless previous arrangements were made with the Directors.

  • Every submission must include a max. 2-minute long demo video showcasing the features of the project.

    • We cannot guarantee that judges will fully watch your video if they’re longer than 2 minutes.

  • Projects without a demo video will not be judged. These videos will be shown to our judges and if your project ends up winning a general category or track prize, it may be played/published on our social media channels.

We will not be accepting cross-posted submissions to other hackathons, or submissions that have been developed (either partially or fully prior to the official start of hacking for HackNC.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,050 in prizes

HackNC Grand Prize - 1st Place Overall

2021 Sceptre 20 inch 1600 x 900 75Hz LED Monitor for each member of the winning team.

HackNC Entertainment Track (2)

1st Place - 10.1 Inch Android 10 32GB 6000mAh Battery Quad Core HD Touchscreen Tablet
2nd Place - Sony Wireless Headphones WH-CH510: Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headset with Mic

HackNC Social Good Track (2)

1st Place - Fitbit Inspire 2​​ with a Free 1-Year Fitbit Premium Trial
2nd Place - Letter Size Rocketbook Fusion Smart Reusable Notebook - Calendar, To-Do Lists, and Note Template Pages (Includes 1 Pilot Frixion Pen & 1 Microfiber Cloth)

HackNC General Track (2)

1st Place - 4th Gen Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Alexa
2nd Place - Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless Portable Charger

Capital One Best Financial Hack

$200 Amazon Gift Cards for each member of the winning team.

John Deere Best Farming Simulation Game

$100 Visa Gift card for each member of the winning team

AssemblyAI Best use of Assembly AI Speech-To-Text API

$100 Amazon gift card for each member of the winning team

Infosys Best Junior Hacker

Final round interview with Infosys! For students graduating Fall 2022/Spring 2023

UNC Kappa Theta Pi Best Accessibility Hack (2)

JBL Bluetooth Speaker
Aihoor Wireless Earbuds

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ammar Puri

Ammar Puri

Judging Criteria

  • Application/Impact
    Does the project have any feasible application and/or have a social impact that goes above and beyond? Will this help the community with a real problem they are facing? Can this be implemented? Will people find value and use your project?.
  • Functionality/Quality
    Is the project free of major bugs? Does it look appealing? The UI/UX doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, but if we're having a hard time understanding the project by looking at it, there may be a problem.
  • Creativity
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? A better way of doing something?
  • Technical Complexity
    The team should display a good level of knowledge in terms of the technology they’ve used in implementing their project.
  • 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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