February 2017 Boulder, CO




T9Hacks is a 24-hour gender equality 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.

We are currently planning our second iteration of T9Hacks and looking for people to join our team! Contact Brittany for more info: brittany [dot] kos [@] colorado [dot] edu



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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spring 2016 Hackathon

T9Hacks had our first iteration on Feb 20-21, 2016 at the Black Box Experimental Studio at the ATLAS Institute.

Our goal was 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.

Gender Breakdown*

Women - 60% Men - 40%
Gender is broken into men-women binary due to self-reported data


UCB - 94%


Computer Science 50%
Engineering Fields 15%
Info-Sci Fields 10%
Design Fields 8%
TAM 5%
Other Fields 14%

For the full T9Hacks Spring 2016 photo album, visit the MLH Facebook page.

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