T9Hacks

Women and Non-Binary Hackathon

February 9-10

ATLAS @ CU Boulder

HACKATHON INFO

Event Schedule

Day 1
Time Event
9:00 am Arrival and Check-In
10:00 am Opening Ceremony
11:00 am Form teams
11:00 am Lunch
11:00 am Hacking Begins!
3:00 pm Snacks
6:00 pm Dinner
12:00 am Dessert
Day 2
Time Event
7:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Upload to Devpost
11:00 am Hacking ends
11:00 am Judging/Expo
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Closing Ceremonies

About

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.

Tracks

This year we will have three tracks: Entrepreneurship, Community and Creative Technology. The top project in each track will win a golden ticket to the final round of Catalyze CU to continue working on their project as well as other prizes.

Workshops

We have workshops planned for beginners and more advanced throughout the hackathon. There will be Introduction to Web development, Progressive Web Apps, Firebase Advanced Web, Hacking your internship, iOS and Android development, user experience, and product design.

Sponsors

We are currently looking for sponsors. Please email T9Hacks@colorado.edu if you are interested in sponsoring.

Past Hackathons

This will be T9Hacks' fourth annual hackathon. We also hosted T9Hacks in 2018, 2017 and 2016.

February 2018

  • 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!

February 2017

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!

Slideshow of the Spring 2016 Hackathon

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.

Two T9Hacks participants sitting in front of their laptops, talking to each other.

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.

T9Hacks project.

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!

T9Hacks project.

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

T9Hacks project.

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.

Two T9Hacks participants sitting in front of their laptops, talking to each other.

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.

Two T9Hacks participants sitting in front of their laptops, talking to each other.

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.

T9Hacks project.

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!

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.

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.

A single T9Hacks participant using their hands to test a physical computing project they built.

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.

T9Hacks project.

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.

T9Hacks project.

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 t9hacks@colorado.edu

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, the CU Student Code of Conduct, and the T9Hacks Code of Conduct.