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CPC Hackathon 2021

February 12 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Friday, February 12, 2021
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Register your team to participate by Wednesday, February 3rd using this form.


What is the CPC hackathon?

Each year, CPC predoctoral trainees and postdoctoral scholars come together to form interdisciplinary teams and work on developing a research design for a population focused issue or problem. The goals for the hackathon are to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration among trainees, develop and exhibit your research design skills, and have fun.

What is the problem/issue that we will be hacking to solve?

The problem/issue will focus on a population-oriented topic. However, the details of the problem/issue will not be announced until the beginning of the event. You will then have the afternoon to work on the issue/problem and prepare a presentation based on your design to a panel of faculty judges.

Who can attend the event?

This event is open to all trainees (Population Science and Biosocial). However, team registration is required.

Is there a limit on how many teams that can sign up for the event?

Yes, only six teams will be allowed to participate in the Hackathon, so register early!

What are the requirements for developing a team?
The requirements for team formation include:

  • Each team should consist of 3-4 trainees
  • Teams cannot have more than 1 postdoctoral scholar
  • Teams cannot have more than 1 trainee that is in their first year of graduate studies at UNC
  • There must be at least 2 disciplines represented on each team

What is the deadline to register my team for the event?

All teams must be registered by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 3rd. Register your team here. Please designate one member from your team to fill out the form on behalf of all of the team members.

How will teams get judged?

Each team will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea and 5 minutes for questions and answers. Your presentation can include PowerPoint slides, audience participation, or whatever you think will best communicate your team’s solution. Be as creative as you want!

Who will be judging our presentations?

We have assembled an interdisciplinary judging panel of 3 CPC faculty fellows who are experts in population research.

What will be the judging criteria?

Presentations will be judged based the following criteria:

  • Does the presentation effectively address the question?
  • How creative is the research design?
  • How clear and focused is the research design?
  • What is the likelihood that the design actually has the potential to push population science forward in this area of study?

What does my team receive if we win the competition?

The prize package consists of an estimated $400 in cash value…. as well as some prizes donated by fellow CPCers that are truly priceless. The package will be announced the day of the event!

Is there any prep required before the event?

Once you assemble your team and register for the event, there is nothing else that you will need to do until the day of the event.

Wait, we’re going to do this over Zoom?

Yes! Following introductions, teams will split off to separate breakout rooms. We’ll then reconvene for presentation and awards.


For more information about the Hackathon, please contact .


February 12
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Carolina Population Center