About Us

T9Hacks is a women's hackathon promoting gender diversity in technology!

T9Hacks is a 24-hour women's hackathon at the University of Colorado Boulder's ATLAS Institute that brings together college students for two days of creativity, building, and hacking. Our goal is to increase participation of women in hackathons and to create an opportunity for students to explore new technologies, solve problems, and create something amazing with a team. In the US, women occupy only 26% of IT positions and represent 18% of engineering majors in universities and we want to help raise those numbers!

Do I have to be a programmer?

Absolutely not! We encourage women with all backgrounds to participate. It doesn't matter if you are an art, a journalism, or a marketing major, there is a place for you here.

How much does it cost?

Participating is completely free! We will provide food, snacks, and drinks to energize you throughout the event. We only require that everyone register before the event to come.

I've never been to a hackathon before, should I still register?

Absolutely! Register yourself, your best friend, your sister, and your roommate. T9Hacks is a beginner hackathon, so there is no expectation that our participants are familiar with these types of events. We will have fun events, plenty of mentors, and a super welcoming team to ease everyone into the experience.

What kind of project should I make?

T9Hacks is an open hackathon, so if you have an idea, bring it! Our theme this year is "helping the community". We encourage students to build solutions, prototypes, or raise awareness for problems they see in their communities. If you are really stumped, we will have some ideas ready at start of the hackathon.

T9Hacks is also a creative technology hackathon. This means that we encourage our participants to create projects with tangible, artistic, media, or electronic components.

What do I have to bring?

Bring your laptop, phone, chargers, change of clothes, a well-rested open mind, but most of all, your creativity.

Do you cover travel expenses?

Since this is T9Hacks' first hackathon, we cannot cover or reimburse any travel costs.

What is "hacking"?

"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.

Do you really mean 24 hours?

We know, that sounds like a long time! But it goes quickly when you are collaborating, planning, and creating projects. We wanted to see what kinds of projects students would come up with if they were given a full 24 hours to devote themselves to their work.

Do I have to stay the entire time?

Students are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire event. T9Hacks is a group effort and we want every team to have the same opportunities as each other; this can only happen when all members are 100% committed!

Do I have to have a team to register?

Nope! T9Hacks 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.

How do I get to CU's campus?

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, you can park at the Euclid Avenue AutoPark parking garage for $4 a day on weekends. If you don’t mind walking, it is free to park at the Regent Drive AutoPark on weekends and in a few nearby neighborhoods.

Design. Build. Create.

Registration is now closed for participants. If you want to keep informed about T9Hacks, you can follow us on social media!

Due to overwhelming response for mentors, we've had to close sign up early. If you want to keep informed about T9Hacks, you can follow us on social media!


Saturday, February 20


Check-in Starts


Opening Ceremonies


Team Formation


Hacking Begins


Professional Photoshoot




Mini Challenge #1



Sunday, February 21




Mini Challenge #2


Another Snack


Yet Another Snack




Mini Challenge #3




We're Serious About Snacking


Hacking Ends




End Ceremonies

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What does "T9" 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.

Why a women's hackathon?

Hackathons are a great way for college students to become exposed to different technology, create new technology, and build community. However, most hackathons have very low female participation. We aim to create an opportunity and space for women to explore creative technologies and solve real world problems.

What about other genders?

We welcome all college and university students to participate; we especially encourage all students who self-identify as female to participate.

Code of Conduct

At T9Hacks, we believe in creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. Our organizers and our participants follow the MLH Code of Conduct.

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