sponsorship events

*Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (Fall)

Each year, UNC CS sends young women to the largest gathering of women technologists in the world


Carolina Data Challenge (Fall)

Data science hackathon competition for undergraduate and graduate students in the Triangle region. Students solve real-world problems using data science techniques and tools.

*Girls Who Code (Ongoing)

In this outreach program, UNC CS brings middle and high school girls to the department to learn how to code from faculty and CS majors


HackNC (Fall)

National hackathon that attracts more than 700 participants


*Comp110 Diversity Panel Series (Fall and Spring)

This bi-annual event brings together women and under-represented minorities who work in the department, are active in the computer science major, and/or have worked in industry to serve on a panel. This panel cultivates discussion around diversity in industry and academia and encourages people from all background to consider pursuing computer science.

ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (Fall)

As a regional site, UNC CS hosts talented coding undergraduate teams from universities throughout the Southeast

*Pearl Hacks (Spring)

National women-focused hackathon that attracts more than 350 participants


*GWiCS Research Symposium (Spring)

Research showcase that introduces undergraduate students to various research areas and encourages students, especially women, to explore the opportunities they have for doing research, whether as part of their undergraduate curriculum or by pursuing a graduate degree. We also offer a space for graduate students to share their  experiences and their research and to become more familiar with the work their peers are doing.


*Women in Tech Week (Spring)

This week-long series of events – including games, a lobby wall for students, faculty and staff to post their comments, a poster session and panel discussion – furthers the conversation about ways to support women in tech and make the tech environment a more open and inclusive community.


Maze Day (Spring)

Outreach event that highlights enabling technologies for visually impaired children



*Events with an asterisk are part of the department’s diversity initiative to bring women and underrepresented minorities into the field of computer science. Organizations wishing to further diversity goals may want to consider sponsoring one or more of these events.

Please check our Corporate Partners Calendar for more major opportunities during the academic year.