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Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

T9Hacks

Women's Hackathon

February 10-11, 2018

ATLAS Institute

CU Boulder

Register

About

T9Hacks is a 24-hour women's hackathon held on February 10-11, held in the ATLAS Institute on the University of Colorado Boulder's campus.

Our goal is to create fun and creative environments where marginalized students—particularly women and non-binary students—can learn and solve compelling problems.

The 2018 hackathon will have three tracks students can participate in: Creative Technology, Humanitarian Technology, and Cybersecurity. We'll have workshops and design challenges for each of these tracks that are aimed at introducing students to these topics, teaching them the tools that are used to build solutions, and exploring the complexities that each topic has to offer.

Creative Technology

We encourage students to build projects in areas such as graphic design, data visualization, 3D modeling, simulation, game design, motion graphics, animation, video, narrative media, robotics, physical computing, the Internet of Things, interactive environment design, experience design, digital sound, web design and development, mobile application design and user-experience/user-interface.

We will be hosting workshops on Beginner and Advanced Web Development, Beginner iOS development, and Beginner Android Development for this track.

Humanitarian Technology

These projects involve leveraging technology to address human need. Projects in this track must achieve a balance between technology and societal need. We understand that we can't solve the word's problems with a 24-hour hackathon, so participants in this track will work towards learning and utalizing tools that people in development work use.

We will be hosting a workshop about Responsible Technology Design. Projects in this track are encouraged to build projects from the set of D-Prize Challenges.

Cybersecurity

All Female and Non-Binary Participant Track!!

Women and non-binary students in this track will be using Circadence's Project Ares software to learn cyber security. This track is open to participants at all levels, from basic beginner programmers to knowledgable hackers. Participants will compete in teams to develop their cybersecurity skills.

Students at all levels of proficiency have access to an evolving library of mission scenarios and modern educational resources in a hands-on, gamified environment that brings the static classroom to life. They work alone or in teams to stop hackers, protect systems, and hone their skills inside environments that mirror the actual businesses and organizations they will defend in their future careers.

Track generously hosted by MD5.

Previous Hackathons

Slideshow of the Spring 2016 Hackathon

Photos of T9Hacks event.
T9Hacks was held in the ATLAS Institute
Photos of T9Hacks event.
T9Hacks was held in the ATLAS Institute
Photos of T9Hacks event.
T9Hacks was held in the ATLAS Institute
Photos of T9Hacks event.
T9Hacks was held in the ATLAS Institute
Photos of T9Hacks hackers working.
Last year, T9 was a creative technology hackathon. We encouraged our participants to create projects with technology, arts, & media
Photos of T9Hacks hackers working.
Last year, T9 was a creative technology hackathon. We encouraged our participants to create projects with technology, arts, & media
Photos of T9Hacks hackers working.
Last year, T9 was a creative technology hackathon. We encouraged our participants to create projects with technology, arts, & media
Photos of T9Hack participants and mentors.
We had a large number of mentors to help teams with forming their ideas and building their projects
Photos of T9Hack participants and mentors.
We had a large number of mentors to help teams with forming their ideas and building their projects
Photos of T9Hack participants and mentors.
We had a large number of mentors to help teams with forming their ideas and building their projects
Photos of the no light challenge, hosted by MLH.
There were a number of challenges throughout the night, to keep hackers engaged and to win cool prizes
Photos of the no light challenge, hosted by MLH.
There were a number of challenges throughout the night, to keep hackers engaged and to win cool prizes
Photos of the no light challenge, hosted by MLH.
There were a number of challenges throughout the night, to keep hackers engaged and to win cool prizes
Photos of Major League Hacking members.
We partnered with Major League Hacking, who helped support the event...
Photos of Major League Hacking members.
We partnered with Major League Hacking, who helped support the event...
Photos of Major League Hacking's hardware lab.
...and provided a Hardware lab for teams to use for their projects
Photos of Major League Hacking's hardware lab.
...and provided a Hardware lab for teams to use for their projects
Photos of Major League Hacking's hardware lab.
...and provided a Hardware lab for teams to use for their projects
Photos of T9Hackers working.
Hackers worked throughout the night, making, coding, and building
Photos of T9Hackers working.
Hackers worked throughout the night, making, coding, and building
Photos of T9Hackers working.
Hackers worked throughout the night, making, coding, and building
Photos of T9Hackers working.
Hackers worked throughout the night, making, coding, and building
Photos of T9Hackers working.
Hackers worked throughout the night, making, coding, and building
Photos of T9Hackers demoing their projects.
After 24 hours, teams demoed their work!
Photos of T9Hackers demoing their projects.
After 24 hours, teams demoed their work!
Photos of T9Hackers demoing their projects.
After 24 hours, teams demoed their work!
Photos of T9Hackers demoing their projects.
After 24 hours, teams demoed their work!
Photos of T9Hackers demoing their projects.
After 24 hours, teams demoed their work!

Registration

Participants, Hackers, Students

To attend T9Hacks, it is required that you register. This allows us to better plan and lets us host a better event for everyone. This is also a registration process, not an application, once you sign-up, we assume you're coming!

Mentors

Mentors are key to the hackathon experience.

Hackathons are a space for exploration and learning, often in an area that participants may not be familiar with. Many of our participants may need help getting started or will have questions about technology that is unfamiliar to them. This is where mentors come in! We need your expertise and help to guide T9Hackers as they work on their projects. Mentors create their own schedule and we only ask that you come for at least 2 hours. Sign up to be a mentor below!

Volunteers

Volunteers the backbone of a hackathon!

T9Hacks has a small team and we need extra help to keep the hackathon running smoothly. Jobs can range from helping to set up tables or assisting with hardware check-out. Volunteering isn't a full-time job and participants can be volunteers too! Volunteering also counts toward community service or volunteer hours that scholarships may require. Sign up to be a volunteer below!

FAQ

What is T9Hacks?

We're a 24-hour making and building marathon event. We are a hackathon but prefer to call ourselves a make-a-thon. Our participants come to T9Hacks to learn and be creative in a welcoming environment.

How much does it cost?

Participation is completely free! We will provide food, snacks, and drinks to energize you throughout the event. We ask that everyone register before they arrive at the event.

So at this hackathon, what will happen?

Students will create brand-new projects. We want you to be creative, learn something new, and explore the possibilities. Get a start on a project you've had in the back of your mind. Create a solution to a problem you see a lot. Develop your skills in your area. Try out a new technology or software. Create something new.

Remember to bring your laptop, phone, chargers, change of clothes, and a well-rested open mind. But the most essential thing to bring is your creativity!

If it's a women's hackathon, can men come?

T9Hacks was created to support women, non-binary, and other gender minority students. We call ourselves a women's hackathon because it succinctly sums up our gender-driven mission and goals. T9Hacks is open to students of every gender, including trans-and-cis-male allies, but we especially encourage women, non-binary, gender-nonconforming, and transgender students to attend.

If you are a man and do not feel like you would fit in at T9Hacks, there is another non-gender focused, CU-based hackathon two weeks after ours: HackCU

What is hacking?

(verb) manage, cope

"Our project might look a little rough, we had to hack it together."

At T9hacks, "hacking" never means programming with malicious intent. We want you to "hack" (design, build, create, MacGyver) technology, art, and media together to create something awesome.

Do we work individually or in teams?

We encourage people to work in teams of 4. 24 hours isn't a long time to create a project, so teammates can help an idea along. This is a great place to meet new women with different skillsets. You can come with a pre-formed group and idea, an idea of your own and no team, or a desire to help someone else's idea along. If you don't have a team or an idea, we'll host an icebreaker event before the hackathon for everyone to meet and share ideas.

How long is the event?

T9Hacks is a 24-hour hackathon. This means hacking will go for 24 hours straight. It sounds like a long time, but it goes quickly when you are collaborating, planning, and creating projects. We'll have opening and closing ceremonies before and after hacking. For more details, scroll down for the complete event schedule.

How do I get there?

CU has a great public transit system! There are local RTD busses that drop off directly in front of the ATLAS building and many more regional busses that drop off at CU. For more information about the bus system, you can visit CU's Public Transit Page or the RTD website. If you are unsure of what bus to take, Google Maps is a great way to plan your trip!

If you plan on driving, the closest pay parking is Lot 204, a few buildings south of the ATLAS building. There is free parking at Lot 308, which is a 10-minute walk to the ATLAS Building.

Who can come?

T9Hacks is for college students (and recent college grads) to discover what hackathons are and to learn, explore, and create something new.

T9Hacks is a technical hackathon in theme only. We encourage anyone, no matter you're skill level, with an interest or enthusiasm for technology and computing to come.

How much experience do I have to have?

At T9Hacks it doesn't matter if you've never written a line of code, we still want you to come. We encourage women from all backgrounds to participate. It doesn't matter whether you are an art, journalism, computer science, or marketing major—there is a place for you here.

We will be hosting workshops for beginners and intermediate programmers, with the goal of providing support and mentoring for our participants to learn.

Do you have travel reimbursements?

If you get yourself to T9, we will provide the rest! We encourage all to come to T9Hacks, but due to our hackathon's small size, we are unable to cover or reimburse any travel costs.

If I have more questions, who can I contact?

  • Major League Hacking (MLH) has some hacking resources on their website: MLH FAQ
  • We have the hackathon info page up: T9hacks Info
  • Finally, you can email the lead coordinator, Brittany, at Brittany.Kos [at] colorado.edu

Schedule

Sat, Feb 10

  • 10:00aCheck-In
  • 10:30aOpening Ceremonies
  • 11:00aLunch, Ice Breaker, Team Formation
  • 12:00pHacking Begins
  • 12:00pWorkshops Begin
  • 6:00pDinner

Sun, Feb 11

  • 8:00aBreakfast
  • 12:00pHacking Ends
  • 12:00pLunch
  • 12:30pProject Demos
  • 3:00pClosing Ceremonies
  • 3:30pHackathon Ends!

For more information about what these events are, or for a list of our workshops, visit the Dtailed Schedule page:

Detailed Schedule

* This schedule is tentative and subject to change, times are approximate.

Sponsors

Inclusion

Mission

The mission of T9Hacks is to create a welcoming and safe place for women and marginalized students to explore hackathons. Our goal is to create opportunity for newcomers to explore a hackathon environment while learning and solving compelling problems. T9Hacks works towards this mission by creating women, gender equality, creative technology, beginner, and other similar types of hackathons that support women and marginalized students. T9hacks is open to everyone and values all dimensions of gender identity.

What does T9Hacks stand for?

T9 stands for Title IX, the ninth title of the United States Education Amendments of 1972 which states:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

T9Hacks believes everyone deserves to learn. We are here to help make that happen.

Code of Conduct

At T9Hacks, we believe in creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. Everyone involved at our events—including the organizers, mentors, volunteers, and participants—follow the MLH Code of Conduct and the CU Student Code of Conduct.