HackOut: The World's Largest LGBTQIA-themed Entrepreneurship Weekend
🏆💰 With $5,000 in Cash Prizes! 💰🏆
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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
Team: Bridget Conway-Taylor, Marisa Hall, Sky Davis and Gala Mukomolova
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
A safe place where telemedicine meets the LGBTQ+ community where they live.
Team: Justin Ayars, Illyana Bocanegra, Mario Nouel
Learn skills from industry experts that will be useful during HackOut
🏳️🌈 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!
LGBTQ Industry Experts & Headlining Performers
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.
William Coombes - Judge
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.
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.
HackOut is run by an amazing team of volunteers
Product Manager & iOS Developer
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.
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.
Our amazing staff of volunteers who help make the event a success
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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.