What is T9Hacks?
T9Hacks is a 24 hour, beginner level, in-person hackathon, encouraging exploration and learning just as much as creation and development. University students of all experience levels are welcome to join.
It is entirely free for participants and we will provide four catered meals throughout the event. Prizes for main track competition tracks average to $100 per person (in a winning group up to four people) and secondary awards average to $50 per person. Our sponsoring companies (including local brands like Medtronic and SciTec) will be present at the event to support participant efforts and recruit for possible job opportunities.
We strive to create a place for anyone who has ever felt separated from others within the STEM due to some aspect of their identity, whether that be gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, mental health, or any number of marginalizing aspects. T9Hacks is a place to build a community of support as we all learn and grow in our respective fields.
Each participant/group can only win one main competition track.
- Make a game, any game - design, create, or remix a game. This can present as a rudimentary coded game or as the ideation/wireframing/ruleset/dev work necessary to create a game. Alternatively, develop a unique/alternative controller to a pre-existing game.
- Community - how might we foster a healthy online community? Is it possible to combat misinformation and polarization in society?
- Color/Diversity - what is your own unique flavor? From personal identity, race, gender presentation, etc to exploring "impossible colors'' in the light spectrum, this category is all about what color means to you.
Secondary awards may stack with the main competition track awards.
- Best Beginner Hack
- Best Use of Theme: Outer Space
- Organizer's Choice
- SciTec Award for Best Use of C++/Python
- Plex Award for Best Media Companion
What to Build
As long as the project is submitted by the deadline, anything goes for the main competition tracks. We are a language-agnostic and platform-agnostic hackathon.
- The only exception is the SciTec Award. To be considered for this award, your project must use C++ or Python as the main programming language.
What to Submit
Projects do not need to be complete and are expected to be anywhere in the prototyping phase. Your project should be submitted on DevPost by 5:30pm on 18 February 2023. Participants are expected to demo/present their projects to the judges after submission and the presentation will be factored into the judging process.
While T9Hacks accepts projects with prior work done, we ask that you clearly document the work that was done before the hackathon and what work was completed within the 24 hours of the hackathon. There should be evidence of a substantial difference between the work done before and the work done during the hackathon.
$3,448 in prizes
Best of Game Track
Keychron K2 Hot-swappable Triple Mode Mechanical Keyboard with Gateron G Pro Brown or Blue switches. Comes with double-shot keycaps, RGB backlighting, and an aluminium frame. Compatible with both Mac and Windows machines.
Best of Community Track
$100 Best Buy gift cards, one per group member
Best of Color Track
Topo Designs Rover Pack in various colors, one per group member. Colors available: hemp/botanic green, forest/clay, bone white/coral, and blue/khaki.
Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speakers by Anker
Best Use of Theme: Outer Space
Full size purple nebula galaxy fleece throw blankets
Hydro Flask Lightweight Wide Mouth Vacuum Water Bottles, 24 fl. oz. Various colors available.
SciTec Award - Best Use of C++/Python
$100 prize to each member of the winning group (up to four people). $25 prize to each member of the runner-up group.
Plex Award - Best Media Companion
6 Lifetime Plex Passes
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Sr. Prin. Software Engineer, Technical Fellow | R&D Software at Medtronic
Sr. Software Project Engineer at Medtronic
Software Engineer at Medtronic
Software Engineer at Medtronic
Senior Software Engineer | Tech lead at SciTec, Inc.
Principal Scientist at SciTec, Inc.
Software Engineer at SciTec, Inc
Software Engineer at SciTec, Inc.
Scientist and Software Engineer at Areté
Che Chuan "Suibi" Weng
PhD Student at the Atlas Institute
User Experience Designer at Sovos
Software Engineer at Trimble
Asst. Professor at the Atlas Institute | CU Boulder
Has there been precedent research into similar projects? How well does this project innovate on pre-existing ideas/technologies?
Has the team displayed an increase of knowledge? Did they learn anything during the course of making this project?
Has the team created a project that offers an attainable/realistic endgame? Can it be replicated in a sustainable way?
Is the problem the project is trying to solve important? Has the team created a project that will make a lasting and positive impact on the community?
Demonstration and Defense
How well planned out and documented was the project? Did the team defend their idea well?
Quality of Results
How well did the team execute their idea? Was there intent?
Level of Enjoyment
Are all team members satisfied with the project results? Did they enjoy themselves during the event?
Game Track Specific Question
Is the game engaging? While games do not have to be fun, how satisfying is the interaction (or planned interaction)?
Community Track Specific Question
How well has the team examined the current state of community online? Does their project seem to address the issues that they identified?
Color Track Specific Question
How well has this project displayed the team's individuality (however they may have interpreted the prompt)?