Women's Hackathon

February 25-26, 2017

ATLAS Institute


T9Hacks is a 24-hour women's hackathon at the University of Colorado Boulder's ATLAS Institute.

Our goal is to create opportunity for newcomers to explore a hackathon environment while learning and solving compelling problems.


Okay, so what is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a cross between "hacking" and "marathon". Our hackathon will be a 24-hour event where students can come work on a project and learn something new.

"Hacking" doesn't mean malicious programming or breaking into something. We want you to "hack" (design, build, create, MacGyver) technology, art, and media together to create something awesome.

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

What if I'm not a good programmer?

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.

T9Hacks is a beginner hackathon, so there is no expectation that our participants are familiar with hackathons. We will have fun events, plenty of mentors, and a super welcoming team to ease everyone into the experience.

I don't think I have enough experience . . .

No experience required. Seriously.

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!


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.


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.


T9Hacks is a 24-hour hackathon. This means hacking will contuine for 24 hours straight. It sounds like a long time, but it goes quickly when you are collaborating, planning, and creating projects.

What if I'm a guy, can I still come?

T9Hacks is a little like Sadie Hawkins. If you're a woman, non-binary, or trans individual, you can register by yourself or with a team; you may invite one other male teammate to be on your team. If you're a man, you will be emailed registration information when your teammates invites you.

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, whick is a 10 minute walk to the ATLAS Building.

If you get yourself to T9, we will provide the rest! To our out-of-state hackers, 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.


Learn, explore, create.

Since the hackathon is a few days away, we've had to close the online registration form. However, you didn't miss your chance! We'll still have walk-in registration on the day of the hackathon. See you there!

Mentors and Volunteers


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 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!

Since the hackathon is a few days away, we've had to close the online signup form. If you would like to signup as a mentor or volunteer at the hackathon, please contact Brittany at: Brittany [dot] Kos [at] colorado [dot] edu.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Check-in Begins
Opening Ceremonies
Hacking Begins!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hacking Ends!
Demoing Begins
Awards and Closing Ceremonies
Hackathon Ends

Schedule is subject to minor changes

For a more detailed schedule, please visit the Schedule Page




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—from the organizers to the participants—follow the MLH Code of Conduct.