February 25-26, 2017

ATLAS Institute


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.


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 see what hackathons are about, learn, explore, and create something new.

What if I'm not a good programmer?

At T9Hacks it doesn't matter if you've never a line of code before, we still want you to come. 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.

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 often. Build something you never have before.

Remember to bring your laptop, phone, chargers, change of clothes, a well-rested open mind. But the most essential thing to bring is your creativity!


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.


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 a complete 24 hours straight. It sounds like a long time, but it goes quickly when you are collaborating, planning, and creating projects.

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, 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.

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.

Register to participate in T9Hacks below!


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 help questions or need help getting started with projects. This is where mentors come in! We need your expertise and help to guide T9 Hackers with 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 keep the hackathon running! T9Hacks has a small team and we need extra help keeping the hackathon running smoothly. Jobs can range from helping setting 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!

Mentor and Volunteer
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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




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.