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


    September 10-13, 2020

    a free event, hosted virtually


    LGBTQ+ Startup Hackathon, Goes Virtual & Adds Prize Money

    Built In Austin - August 19, 2020

    🏆💰 With $5,000 in Cash Prizes! 💰🏆


    Livestream recording of final 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

  • From Ideas to startups


    🏳️‍🌈 STARTUP & STARTOUT 🏳️‍🌈

    HackOut is the world's largest LGBTQIA-themed startup hackathon.


    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 also being organized in partnership with StartOut, the national nonprofit supporting LGBTQIA entrepreneurs.

    #HackOut2020 will be hosted online!

  • 2020 Judges & Performers

    LGBTQ Industry Experts & Headlining Performers

    Robyn Exton - Judge

    CEO & Founder of HER

    HER the world's largest brand for LGBTQ womxn & queer people. Their app is home to 6 million people across the world, helping them connect and chat with each other and their community.

    Lindsay Nuon - Judge

    Founder & CEO EmpirEqual (launched at HackOut 2018) & StartOut Board Memeber

    Lindsay began her career in STEM in the US military 15 years ago and has since worked in the US Intelligence Community with government agencies including NCIS, the FBI, and HHS; Fortune 500 companies, and Cybersecurity start-ups.

    Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer

    at Lick Honest Ice Creams​

    Lick Honest Ice Creams has been making seasonal and sustainable artisan ice creams since 2011 that celebrate the flavors and culture of Texas.

    Head of Global Design, Visa

    With teams in Austin, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City, Will is responsible for visual design, usability, design innovation and design engineering for all of Visa’s products and services.

    Divinity Roxx - Performer

    World Acclaimed Bassist. Composer. Producer. Former Music Director for Beyoncé.

    Inspirational and genuine, Grammy-nominated musician and artist Divinity Roxx has earned the reputation of irrefutable front-woman of her own genre-bursting and compelling musical journey

    Mustache Envy - Performance

    Drag & Queerlesque

    Mustache Envy Drag & Queerlesque's Gendernauts, take you on multigendernautical adventures through queerdom!

    Carina Magyar - Performer

    Mom, writer, comedian, content strategist, journalist, lesbian, other labels.

    Carina Magyar has been performing stand-up comedy in Austin since 2010. She was the runner-up in the 2017 Funniest Person in Austin contest. Recently, she's performed at the Moontower Comedy Festival & roast battled at SXSW.

    Tina Dai

    Preliminary Judge

    Principal at Silverton Partners

    Wendy Smith

    Preliminary Judge

    Executive Director, Texas @ United Healthcare

    Conor Madigan

    Preliminary Judge

    Co-Founder, Adviser, Board Director @ Kateeva

    Justin Haddock

    Preliminary Judge

    Senior Corporate Counsel at Indeed

    HackOut is run by an amazing team of volunteers

    Executive Director - Solace

    RKA is the Executive Director of Solace (2019 HackOut 1st Place), proud trans woman, professional front-end developer, and the worst backend developer. She loves technology, giving pitches, and helping bring great ideas to life.

    Julian Bryant


    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.

    Desmond Thomas

    Lead Organizer

    Community & Partnerships Manager - Walmart

    Desmond was too humble to write a blurb for himself, so we wrote one for him: he's the most focused events and partnerships expert you'll meet.

    Headshot of Taylor McCaslin

    Taylor McCaslin

    Lead Organizer

    Senior Product Manager - GitLab

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

    Katie McNeil

    Application Coordinator

    Software Engineer - Senseye

    Katie approaches software engineering as a creative work. She got a non-traditional start into tech and is excited to help others do the same.

    Areej Rabie

    Mentor & Judge Facilitator

    Director of Growth & Operations - Backtracks

    Passionate about helping empower entrepreneurs to actualize their dreams. Regular supporter of diversity and inclusion efforts across Texas.

    Kayla Burkholder

    Application Coordinator

    Design Researcher - H-E-B

    Kayla has a passion for product innovation and creating killer customer experiences. She has worked in both physical and digital product development, ranging from developing a medical device startup to working on digital products at Carmax and H-E-B Digital.

    Sam Needham

    Mentor & Judge Facilitator

    Director, Digital & MarTech - Silicon Valley Bank

    I ❤️ tech, human centered design & digital. Passionate about equality & mentorship ✈️.

    Lottie Tai

    Facilitation Assistant

    Accounting Manager - Full Stack Finance

    Brandon Monsees


    Marketing / Graphic Design

    Brandon designs stickers, websites, and t-shirts for companies.

    Ravel Thai

    StartOut Liaison

    Austin Chapter Lead - StartOut

    Passionate about using technology and impeccable design to build software products that improve the businesses and lives of people.

    Tony Uceda


    Development Director - StartOut

    Tony serves as the Director of Development at StartOut and is a LatinX Advocate
  • Volunteers

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

    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


    A weekend we promise won't be just a long zoom meeting


    September 10-13, 2020


    • 12:00PM CT - Online pitch submissions


    • 6:00PM CT - Pitch submission deadline
    • 7:00PM CT - Team voting begins - vote for your 3 favorite pitch ideas


    • 12:00PM CT - Team Voting deadline
    • 6:00PM CT - kickoff livestream begins
    • 8:00PM CT - Form teams & begin work
    • 8:30PM CT - Facilitator Assignments - each team will be assigned a dedicated facilitator to ask questions and lean on during the process


    • 10:00AM CST - Social Breakfast
    • 10:30AM CST - Morning Check-In with Facilitators
    • 11:00AM CST - Teams working & mentor meetings as needed
    • 2:00PM CST - Sponsor Session: Creating Accessible Technologies
    • 3:30PM CST - HackOut 101: Fundraising as Underestimated Founders
    • 6:00PM CST - Social Happy Hour
    • 8:00PM CST - Drag Performance: Mustache Envy


    • 10:00AM CT - Social Breakfast - You'll be paired with a random selection of attendees from the event and given a prompt to chat about!
    • 10:30AM CT - Morning Check-In with Facilitators
    • 12:00PM CT - Pitch Practice Starts
    • 2:00PM CT - Pitch Practice Ends
    • 4:00PM CT - Project Submission Due for 1st Round of Judging
    • 4:30PM CT - 1st Round of Judging Begins
    • 5:30PM CT - 1st Round of Judging Ends
    • 6:00PM CT - Top 5 Teams Announced; Tech Check for Top 5 Teams
    live-streamed on Youtube and Facebook
    • 7:00PM CT - Final Presentation + Q&A 
    • 8:00PM CT - Comedian Carina Magyar entertains while judges deliberate
    • 8:30PM CT - Awards: Winning teams announced + $5,000 cash prizes
    • 9:00PM CT - Live Performance & Discussion: Divinity Roxx 
  • 2020 SPONSORs

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  • #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.

  • Connect With Us

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  • #HackOut is a StartOut Event

    The national nonprofit supporting LGBTQ entrepreneurs