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nc state university

March 27 - 28, 2021

Virtually on Discord and Hopin 



Will DiamondHacks be online or in-person?

DiamondHacks '21 will be completely virtual. See the logistics section of the website to read more about the schedule and hosting platforms.

Who can participate?

DiamondHacks is open to any university or high school student, regardless of gender, age, or experience.

Will there be prizes?

Yes! Multiple prizes will be awarded, and there will even be a special category for beginners. Check out the Prizes section below to see what your team could win!

What if I don't have an idea?

There will be time at the beginning of the event for brainstorming. We'll have mentors around to help think of ideas as well. We encourage you to create a project based on one of our three Categories: Equity, Efficiency, and the Environment.  Check out DevPost for ideas!

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a weekend of code where students can come together in a supportive, fast-paced environment to create innovative and meaningful projects.

In this weekend-long event, you will have access to workshops, mentors, and industry professionals to support you and your team throughout the event!

How much prior coding experience is expected of participants?

None, we welcome beginners! This is a great opportunity to learn about coding and start practicing. There will be intro workshops and mentors available to help those with little experience.

Will I receive swag?

All participants who submit a project to Devpost at the conclusion of the event will receive a box of swag from DiamondHacks!

How many people are allowed per team?

There is no maximum or minimum team size. However, we have a maximum of 4 prizes to award to each winning team. If your team is fewer than 4 people, you will only receive the number of prizes equal to the people on your team. If your team is greater than 4 people, you will receive only 4 prizes to share amongst your team. 

What if I don't have a team?

No worries! We'll have time for networking and team forming leading up to the event in the Discord. You can find people with similar interests to work with and build something awesome.

How much does it cost?

DiamondHacks is completely free for all participants. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we will even provide GrubHub gift cards, swag, and prizes to participants.


Gold Prizes
Best Overall, Best in Efficiency, Best in Equity, and Best in Environment
Silver Prizes
Best First-Timer Project**, Most Accessibility-Friendly, and Most Innovative Idea
Everyone who submits a project on DevPost will receive a custom DiamondHacks swag box from SwagUp.

**Best First-Timer Award will be given to a team made of entirely undergraduate or highschool students, where no team member has attended a hackathaon prior to DiamondHacks '21



Event Times Displayed in EST 


Keynote speaker

Bushra Anjum, PH.D.

Saturday, March 27th


Event 1

Event 2

Event 3

Opening Ceremony with Dr. Bushra Anjum

10:00am - 10:45am

Introduction to GitHub

11:00am -11:30am

Android App Development Bootcamp

iOS App Development Bootcamp

11:30am - 12:15pm

Introduction to Web Development

12:15am - 1:00pm

Sponsor Networking Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Data Visualization Drop-In Session

Databases Crash Course

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Game Development Talk

Data Visualization Drop-In Session

Data Science Talk

2:30pm - 3:30 pm

UX/UI Talk with Lowes

Intro to DevOps & Career Tips with LexisNexis

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Sunday, March 28th


Event 1

Event 2

Event 3

11:00am - 10:30am

How to Film, Present, and Submit your Project


Project Submission Deadline

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Judges Review Time

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Closing Ceremony and Awards



Tackle inequities in gender, education, health, and more.

You might build an application that makes computer education more accessible to minorities, connects people with their nearest COVID testing sites, or even tackles homelessness in your city.


Set us on a better path towards sustainability.

Build a mobile app that sends daily environmental facts or a calculator that compares the environmental impact of various items at the grocery store.  Get creative on how you can help us reduce our environmental impact!


Hack to improve some process and improve our productivity.


Do you wish there were an automated process to fill out job applications? Are you unsatisfied with your current note-taking app? Find a pain point and build a solution!