T9Hacks is a 24 hour, beginner level, in-person hackathon, encouraging exploration and learning just as much as creation and development. University students, and invited people 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). Our sponsoring companies (including local brands like SewBo) 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 group can only win one main competition track.

design must incorporate the ideas of reuse, reduce, recycle! For this challenge, T9 will provide a limited amount of donated clothing, fabric, buttons, and zippers for participants to upcycle into a new creation. Additionally, participants are free to use outside or novel materials for their creation to propose new ideas for creating more sustainable products that are aimed at reducing waste and pollution.

Futuristic fashion:

We want your final creation to reflect your group’s vision of fashion in the year 2222. Considering the forces listed below that have the potential to shape culture and our needs on this planet, how will your final creation reflect those changes?

  • Technological Advancements: Envision garments interwoven with smart fabrics and wearable technology, where clothing isn't just worn but interacts and responds to the wearer's environment, health, and needs through advanced materials science and manufacturing techniques like 3D printing.

  • Social and Cultural Evolution: Imagine designs that reflect the future's diverse tapestry—clothing that transcends today's norms, embracing inclusivity and celebrating a spectrum of identities and cultures.

  • Climate Change and Living Conditions: Predict how shifting global conditions will redefine apparel, from UV-protective, lightweight materials to attire suitable for warmer climates and altered environments.

  • Space and Off-Earth Living: With the prospect of life beyond Earth, consider fashion that adapts to different gravitational forces, atmospheric conditions, and the needs of space colonization.

  • Functionality and Utility: Contemplate multifunctional attire that adapts to varied activities and settings, emphasizing practicality alongside style.

  • Digital and Virtual Influences: As the digital realm burgeons, ponder the rise of virtual fashion, where digital attire, made in a 3D modeling program, for avatars could rival the importance of physical garments.



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. If the team has submitted a project, they MUST walk the runway.


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 17 February 2024. 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.

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$965 in prizes

Reusable bags w/beeswax wraps for full team

Reusable Beeswax Wrap, 9 Pack Beeswax Wraps for Food, Eco-Friendly Beeswax Food Wraps with Mesh Grocery Bag & 2 Beeswax Bars, Bread & Sandwich Wrap, Reusable Food Storage Wrap Set- Sustainable Gifts

Zero Waste Starter Kit for full team

Reusable Mesh Grocery Bag, Bamboo Makeup Removal Pads (10 pcs.), Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set (6 pcs.), bamboo stainless steel thermos bottle, Bamboo Cotton Buds (100 ct.), Loofah Dish Sponge and Loofah Exfoliating Body Sponge Scrubber ( 2pcs.), Bamboo Toothbrush.

Crochet Kit for full team

Crochet kit includes 59 pcs different crochet hooks and crochet accessories: 9 ergonomic soft handle crochet hooks (2.0-6.0 mm), 12 lace crochet hooks(0.6-1.9 mm), 5 balls of yarn, 10 stitch markers, 6 plastic sewing needles, 4 plastic U-shaped needles, 3 plastic cable needles, 3 stitch holders, 2 pompom makers, 1 needle gauge, 1 scissors, 1 tape measure, 1 winding board and 1 pink zip storage bag. Complete crochet kits for beginners and adults.

Sewing Kit for full team

kit contains all the necessary tools that are required for performing basic repairs - be it a needles, threads, scissors, buttons, thimble, threader tools, seam ripper and all sewing tools, everything neatly packaged ready for your use.

Backpack w/ USB port for full team

Mini projector

ELEPHAS 2024 Upgraded 1080P HD Projector, 8000L Portable Projector with Tripod and Carry Bag, Movie Projector Compatible with Android/iOS/Windows/TV Stick/HDMI/USB

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Anthony Pinter

Anthony Pinter
teaching assistant professor

Sammie Crowder

Sammie Crowder

Kevin Hoth

Kevin Hoth

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Results
    Do the project results reflect good professional skills?
  • Demonstration and Defense
    Are the project contents and results clearly described? Were the judges' questions reasonably answered?
  • Innovation
    Is there a new innovation? Is the creation part important? Has there been enough precedent research into similar projects?
  • Academic Quality
    Has the reading of relevant academic materials been conducted? Were the correct research methods used? Are the conclusions clear? Are the limitations of the project given?
  • Feasibility
    Does the project proposal really provide a potential solution for the prompt? Can it be replicated in a sustainable way?
  • Level of Enjoyment
    Are all team members satisfied with the project results? Did they enjoy themselves during the event?

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