T9Hacks is a Women and Non-binary Hackathon from February 9-10th. There will be workshops, mentors, food, games and swag.... all 100% free! Bring a friend! Have fun solving problems, exploring new technologies, and building something creative. Open to all levels! We'll have tracks and workshops dedicated to beginners as well as experienced programmers.
Our goal is to create a fun and creative environment where marginalized students—particularly women and non-binary students—can learn about computing and solve compelling problems.
We are currently looking for sponsors. Please email T9Hacks@colorado.edu if you are interested in sponsoring.
This will be T9Hacks' fourth annual hackathon. We also hosted T9Hacks in 2018, 2017 and 2016.
- We had over 135 hackers at the spring 2018 hackathon!
- Over 70% were women and non-binary hackers.
- Nearly 65% were first-time hackers.
- They created some awesome projects!
Slideshow of the Spring 2016 Hackathon
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 and non-binary hackathon, can men come?
T9Hacks was created to support women, non-binary, transgender 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, visit the Detailed Schedule Page.
The hackathon isn't a lock-in. You are free to leave and come back as you please. However, if you are working on a team, we just ask that you tell your team at the beginning of the hackathon so they know when you'll be gone and when you'll come back.
How do I get there?
Boulder 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!
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.
We encourage all women and non-binary students, no matter you're skill level, with an interest or enthusiasm for technology and computing to come.
The only requirements are: (1) you must be over the age of 18; (2) you must be enrolled in a college or higher education program OR have graduated within one year, undergraduates and graduate students are welcome.
How much experience do I have to have?
Anyone! At T9Hacks it doesn't matter if you've never written a line of code, we still want you to come. We encourage women and non-binary students 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?
- We have the hackathon info page up: T9hacks Info
- Finally, you can email the lead coordinator, Cassandra Goodby, at email@example.com
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.