Golden Hack: Impact Weekend

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovations'a Golden Hack: Impact Weekend. Oct. 20-22.

Join us for Golden Hack: Impact Weekend!

Looking to boost your skills for your resume? Want to gain some experience and insight by working on real world problems alongside industry mentors?  How about the chance to win cash for your input and ideas? 

UNC Charlotte students from all majors, backgrounds and levels of experience come together for a common focus over the weekend of Oct. 20-22 to share ideas and creations. Students will collaborate in a low-stakes environment to design, develop and pitch ideas that solve real world problems. 

Challenges will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 3, via Zoom. Resources will be available for participants to review and focus in on a problem they would like to work on during the Golden Hack: Impact Weekend. Make sure to complete the interest form to be alerted for the announcement!

Location and Logistics

The event will be held in PORTAL and will close at 10 p.m. each evening. Students can continue to work offsite if desired. 

Friday, October 20, 2023 

  • 5–10 p.m. – Meet with industry leaders for a Q&A, form and finalize teams, logistics and activities

Saturday, October 21, 2023

  • 8–10 a.m. – Breakfast and guest speakers
  • 10 a.m.–10 p.m. – Teams work on collaborative project. Industry mentors and technical experts will be on site 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Sunday, October 22, 2023

  • 8–11:30 a.m. – Students complete projects and submit to Devpost (online platform) by 11:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. – Lunch break for students. Judges review and score projects.
  • 1:30 p.m. Awards announced in person.


How do I sign up for the Golden Hack: Impact Weekend?

Complete the Interest Form and we will be in touch with next steps.

Who is eligible to participate in the Golden Hack: Impact Weekend?

All UNC Charlotte students – any college, any major – all are welcome!

I have a partner and/or I’m part of an organization. How many people are able to enter and pitch?

Teams will consist of at least two, but no more than three, students. Two colleges/majors must be represented.

I’m not an ‘hacker’ or I don’t have technical experience. Will I be competitive?

Absolutely! This is a chance to learn something new and be challenged. All levels of experience will be needed – you will have something to add to the team.

What types of categories will we have to work with during the weekend?

We will announce the categories – and some industry problems – on October 3. There is a wide range of topics and we will provide some great information to help you prepare for the Golden Hack: Impact Weekend.

Can I sign up as an individual?

Absolutely! We have some great activities planned for Friday to meet the other participants and will be able to match you with someone. And if you sign up early enough, we may be able to team you up prior to the event. We expect to have as many individuals sign up as teams, so be prepared to meet some great people!