• hackout: thE world's LARGEST LGBTQIA-themed STARTUP HACKATHON


    September 10-13, 2020

    hosted online

    Interested in HackOut 2020?

  • 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!

  • Launch Your Startup NOW

    We're already working on #SWHackOut 2020. We hope you'll join us for the world's largest LGBTQIA-themed Startup hackathon!


    A weekend in Austin


    September 10-13, 2020


    SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 (optional & recorded)

    • 5:30PM CST - Pre-Event Seminar | HackOut 101: How to Pitch

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 (optional & recorded)

    • 5:30PM CST - Pre-Event Seminar | HackOut 101: Idea Validation

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 (optional & recorded)

    • 5:30PM CST - Pre-Event Seminar | HackOut 101: Maximizing Mentorship

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 (optional & recorded)

    • 5:30PM CST - Pre-Event Seminar | HackOut 101: Building Winning Teams


    • 12:00PM CST - Online pitching begins - you'll be able to submit your idea for a startup via a form until Friday at 12:00PM CST.


    • 12:00PM CST - Pitch submission deadline. Online voting begins - you'll be able to vote for your 3 favorite pitch submissions until 6:00PM CST.
    • 6:00PM CST - Voting deadline; kickoff livestream begins
    • 8:00PM CST - Form teams & begin work
    • 8:30PM - Facilitator Assignments - each team will be assigned a dedicated facilitator to ask questions and lean on during the process


    • 10:00AM CST - Social Breakfast - You'll be paired with a a random selection of attendees from the event and given a prompt to chat about!
    • 10:30AM CST - Morning Check-In with Facilitators
    • 11:00AM CST - Teams working & mentor meetings as needed
    • 2:00PM CST - Workshop Session 1 (TBD)
    • 3:30PM CST - Workshop Session 2 (TBD)
    • 6:00PM CST - Social Happy Hour - You'll be paired with a random selection of attendees from the event and given a prompt to chat about!
    • 8:00PM CST - Special talk or performance (TBD)


    • 10:00AM CST - Social Breakfast - You'll be paired with a a random selection of attendees from the event and given a prompt to chat about!
    • 10:30AM CST - Morning Check-In with Facilitators
    • 12:00PM CST - Pitch Practice Starts
    • 2:00PM CST - Pitch Practice Ends
    • 4:00PM CST - Project Submission Due for 1st Round of Judging
    • 4:30PM CST - 1st Round of Judging Begins
    • 5:30PM CST - 1st Round of Judging Ends
    • 6:00PM CST - Top 5 Teams Announced; Tech Check for Top 5 Teams
    • 7:00PM CST - Judging & awards
    • 8:30PM CST - Wrap-up
    • 9:00PM CST -  Special talk or performance (TBD)

    #SWHackOut is a partner effort


    The national nonprofit supporting LGBTQ entrepreneurs

    Lesbians Who Tech

    A global community of 25,000+ queer women and gender nonconforming people in tech (and our allies) in over 37 cities around the worldrw


    Sponsor the world's largest
    LGBTQIA-themed Startup hackathon!


  • 2020 Judges & mentors

    We'll announce judges closer to the event.
    We'd love to hear if you are interested in joining us in September 2020 as a mentor!

    We're accepting self nomination for Mentors to join during specific hours to guide participants.

    Volunteer to be a Mentor

    Join our list to be alerted about 2020 Mentor opportunities and time slots.


    Startup Weekend HackOut is a volunteer effort!

    Share your email below if you would like to get involved :-)

    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

    Travel Scholarships

    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.

    Juliana Leon

    Venue Liaison

    Software Engineer - Vrbo

    Developer who loves working closely with designers to make harmonious front end experiences. Currently leads the HomeAway Pride affinity group.

    Kayla Burkholder

    Travel Scholarships

    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 ✈️.

    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
  • 2020 SPONSORs

    Thank you for supporting
    #LGBTQIA entrepreneurship!

    Your Corporate Logo Here!

    Support #LGBTQIA Entrepreneurship & Sponsor the world's largest LGBTQIA-themed Startup hackathon!

    The Home Depot






    Capital One






  • #SWHackOut in the News

    Are you press? We would love to talk to you!

    Share your email below for media inquiries :-)

    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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    SWHackOut Slack Group

    SWHackOut LinkedIn Group


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