CHAPEL HILL — It’s time to get hacking.

Pearl Hacks, a beginner-friendly hackathon designed specifically for  female and non-binary students 18 or older, is set to take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Feb. 21-23.

More than 400 students are expected to attend the event, which caters to first-time hackers who are looking for a supportive environment to explore technology.

“Pearl Hacks is sort of a cross between a competition and a conference,” director of External Workshops and UNC junior Tylar Watson was quoted as saying in the Daily Tar Heel.

Founded in 2014 by UNC alumna and current Google employee Maegan Clawges, the three-day event includes a 36-hour project-building hacking competition.  Participants also have the opportunity to attend workshops led by mentors, local community members and corporate sponsors like Twitter and Google.

This year’s event will be the seventh annual hackathon.