• HackOut: The World's Largest LGBTQIA-themed Entrepreneurship Weekend


    HackOut Has Been Postponed to 2023

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  • From Ideas to startups


    🏳️‍🌈 STARTUP & STARTOUT 🏳️‍🌈

    HackOut is the world's largest LGBTQIA-themed entrepreneurship weekend.


    The hardest part of starting up is starting out, and the purpose of this event is to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the LGBTQIA community to learn the ropes of validating an idea for a startup or lifestyle business and turn that idea into a business venture.

    Over an extended weekend, you'll meet and work with 100+ other LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs, validate your ideas, and learn how to create a real company.


    Throughout the weekend you'll meet industry expert mentors, be exposed to sponsors from industry technology companies, and potential investors and successful founders — all of who will support you start out and start-up. Regardless of your professional background or experience, your community is here to support you! It'll be a weekend you'll never forget.

    The weekend is organized and presented by StartOut, the national nonprofit supporting LGBTQIA entrepreneurs.


    HackOut is run by an amazing team of volunteers

    Katherine Anthony (RKA)

    Co-Facilitator & Programming Lead

    Katherine is the founder of Euphoria.LGBT, a proud trans woman, professional front-end developer, and relentless optimist. She loves technology, bringing great ideas to life, and dresses with pockets.

    Julian Bryant

    Co-Facilitator & Programming Lead

    Product Manager & iOS Developer

    Julian has been the lead HackOut Facilitator for multiple years (2019, 2018). He's facilitated countless StartUp Weekend events with TechStars and also works as a Product Manager and iOS Developer for his own small business.

    Cindy Lamar

    Lead Organizer

    Cindy is a Life/Executive Coach for Magneto Consulting LLC, helping women and the LGBTQ+ community explore what is important, create forward movement, and achieve harmony in business and in life.

    Headshot of Taylor McCaslin

    Taylor McCaslin

    Lead Organizer

    Principal Product Manager - GitLab

    Taylor is a multi-disciplinary investor, technologist, and Principal Product Manager @ GitLab. He also runs an angel fund: Product Trust Investments

    Natalie Rose Demary

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator

    Transgender (she/her), Logistics Operations Officer (TXARNG), Digital Marketing consultant & coach (BizFit), Advisory Board (SXSW)

    Erica Dozier

    Attendee Experience & Marketing Communications

    Founder - Thai Fan Meet

    Erica is the Founder of Thai Fan Meet, writer, and web developer in training. She promotes respect and diversity combating the intolerance of racial, sexual, and gender discrimination.

    Violet Skinner

    Application Lead

    Operations Manager - Code Louisville

    Violet is a personable person with personality who has participated twice in HackOut events. They work in tech education currently but also has experiences with digital agencies and startups.

    Patrick McHugh

    Graphic Designer

    Chief Creative Officer - Euphoria.LGBT

    Patrick is the cofounder of Euphoria.LGBT and a HackOut 2019 alum. He is a UX/UI & graphic designer, web developer, and gradient connoisseur.

    Nick Vivion

    Mentor Coordinator

    Nick amplifies tech brands and execs with PR, content and integrated communications.

    Karlo Martin

    Mentor Coordinator

    Partner: Pharmaceuticals and BiotechReal World Evidence

    Karlo is a patient advocate and pioneer in bringing access to personalized medicines to global markets.

    Tony Uceda


    Development Director - StartOut

    Tony serves as the Director of Development at StartOut and is a LatinX Advocate
  • #HackOut in the News

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    Built In

    Creating a safe digital space for LGBTQ+ Entrapanuers

    SexTech Guide

    The US’s only hackathon for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs is the latest to replace its in-person live events with a fully virtual lineup for its upcoming 2020 hackathon.

    Built In Austin

    Based on our reporting from every major U.S. tech hub, there’s a strong case for optimism in an uncertain year.

    The Austin Chronicle

    Since the inaugural weekend in 2014, HackOut has risen to an international scale

    Crunchbase - June 5, 2019

    Crunchbase coverage of 2019 HackOut and winner Solace

    Spectrum News

    Leaders in the Austin tech scene are doing their part to further LGBTQ inclusion in the industry.

    Austin Business Journal

    Social-business lessons are valuable and a way to connect with new people and new ways of thinking.


    Startup Weekend HackOut aims to teach potential LGBTQIA entrepreneurs how to launch their ideas.

    KHOU 11 - khou.com

    This weekend, members of the LGBTQ community in tech are learning how to grow their startups.

    LinkedIn Pulse

    "We wanted to keep the cost low and the diversity and inclusion high."

    Austin Inno

    Safenight connects well-vetted hosts who can offer a safe place to stay for queer youth in need.

    Built In Austin

    "I explained how I’m bisexual, how I’m trans ... and [my father] didn’t want me living in the house."

    Dig South

    LGBTQ entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas can tap into a growing support system thanks to StartOut.


    Send a message, we'll reply :-)

  • HackOut 2020 Recap

    LGBTQ+ Startup Hackathon, Goes Virtual & Adds Prize Money in 2020

    Built In Austin - August 19, 2020


    Livestream recording of final 2021 pitches:

  • 2020 HackOut Winning teams

    We had 10 amazing teams present their business pitches at HackOut, however only 5 made it through to final presentations. Learn more about our final 5 teams:


    1st place & Fan Favorite

    Trid is a safe e-commerce platform revolutionizing the shopping experience by curating options to try on in your home, tailored to your style preferences independent of gender. All gender identities welcome!


    Team: Graham Hawley, Joshua Walker, and Pavel Valishin

    Queer Healers

    2nd place

    Queer Healers is creating a directory so experienced Queer healers can be found, booked, and reviewed by people seeking their offerings. Think body, esoteric, and ritual workers, doulas, herbalists, coaches, etc.


    Team: Bridget Conway-Taylor, Marisa Hall, Sky Davis and Gala Mukomolova


    3rd place

    ARTAI empowers both students and professionals of the fine art world by directly connecting them with clients. By showcasing products in a curated & modern online platform using VR technology to simulate the gallery experience.


    Team: Pauly Ramirez, Karlo Martin, Becs Prager, Amy Detwiler, Chan Heng Hong



    Break the echo chamber.


    Team: Li bearden, Misha Kessler

    Pride Dr.


    A safe place where telemedicine meets the LGBTQ+ community where they live.


    Team: Justin Ayars, Illyana Bocanegra, Mario Nouel

  • HackOut 101:


    Learn skills from industry experts that will be useful during HackOut

    Fundraising as Underestimated Founders

    Robbi Katherine Anthony

    HackOut 2019 Winner & Executive Director of Solace


    Taylor McCaslin

    HackOut 2020 Co-Organizer & Angel Investor

    Watch the recording on Youtube

    Learnings from our HackOut 2019 Winner

    Robbi Katherine Anthony

    HackOut 2019 Winner & Executive Director of Solace

    Watch the recording on Youtube

    Idea Validation

    Gordon Daugherty

    Co-Founder & President of Capital Factory

    Watch the recording on Youtube or Facebook

    Maximizing Mentorship

    Janice Omadeke

    CEO of The Mentor Method

    Watch the recording on Youtube or Facebook

    How to Pitch

    Hayley Netherton

    MBA Associate at Eniac Ventures

    Watch the recording on Youtube and Facebook

  • Volunteers

    Our amazing staff of volunteers who help make the event a success.

    Interested in volunteering as a mentor or advisor in 2021? Send us a message


    Take a look at our amazing team of 2020 Volunteers:

    Sarah Sharif

    Dedicated Advisor

    Tracy Smith

    Dedicated Advisor

    Natalie Rose

    Dedicated Advisor

    Grant Carlile

    Dedicated Advisor

    Carly Johnson

    Expert Mentor

    Aayush Iyer

    Expert Mentor

    Adrianna Cantu

    Expert Mentor

    Hayley Netherton

    Expert Mentor

    Elizabeth Pranger

    Expert Mentor

    Drew Stern

    Expert Mentor

    Erica Prenga

    Expert Mentor

    Asher Diaz

    Expert Mentor

    Jenn Starr

    Expert Mentor

    Kelly Karsnia

    Expert Mentor

    Jenna Ritten

    Expert Mentor

    Michael Humphries

    Expert Mentor

    Radissen Ramoutar

    Expert Mentor

    Tony Pham

    Expert Mentor

    Expert Mentor

    Steve Kramer

    Expert Mentor

    Ben Wilde

    Expert Mentor

    Ojas Patel

    Expert Mentor

    Daniel Senyard

    Expert Mentor

    Alex Edelstein

    Expert Mentor

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