• hackout: thE world's only LGBTQIA-themed Startup Weekend event

     

    April 11-14, 2019

    on The University of Texas at Austin Campus

     

    presented by

  • From Ideas to startups

    #SWHackOut

    START A STARTUP

    🏳️‍🌈 Startup Weekend HackOut 2019 🏳️‍🌈

    Startup Weekend HackOut is the world's only LGBTQIA-themed Startup Weekend event!

     

    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.

    In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

    Startup Weekend HackOut is presented by Twillio, which powers the future of business communications online. The weekend is also being organized in partnership with StartOut, the national nonprofit supporting LGBTQIA entrepreneurs.

    #SWHackOut is being hosted in Austin, TX at The University of Texas at Austin's Rowling Hall.

    Your community is here to help you. Regardless of your professional background — 🏳️‍🌈 SIGN UP NOW 🏳️‍🌈 for Startup Weekend HackOut presented by Twillio in Austin, TX!

  • Launch Your Startup NOW

    Register for the third annual #SWHackOut,
    the world's only LGBTQIA-themed Startup Weekend!

  • 2019 SPONSORs

    Thank you for supporting
    #LGBTQIA entrepreneurship!

    twilio.com

    Title Sponsor

    Twilio powers the future of business communications. Enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software.

    aws.com

    Title Sponsor

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services. AWS is trusted by the largest enterprises and the hottest start-ups to power a wide variety of workloads

    Redoc.ly

     

    redoc.ly

     

    Title Sponsor

    The world's only automated API docs with full support for OpenAPI

    The Home Depot

    homedepot.com

    PREMIER SPONSOR

    Capital One

    capitalone.com

    EXECUTIVE SPONSOR

    Spreetail

    spreetail.com

    EXECUTIVE SPONSOR

    Big Commerce

    bigcommerce.com

    EXECUTIVE SPONSOR

    Retail Me Not

    retailmenot.com

    EXECUTIVE SPONSOR

    Pingboard

    pingboard.com

    EXECUTIVE SPONSOR

    Indeed

    indeed.com

    EXECUTIVE SPONSOR

    Opcity

    opcity.com

    ADVOCATE SPONSOR

    Osano

    osano.com

    ADVOCATE SPONSOR

    Blueprint Advisory

    blueprintadvisory.com

    ADVOCATE SPONSOR

    Gartner Media

    spreetail.com

    ADVOCATE SPONSOR

    Latika Soap

    latikasoap.com

    COMMUNITY PARTNER

    Lesbians Who Tech

    lesbianswhotech.org

    COMMUNITY PARTNER

    Build A Sign

    buildasign.com

    COMMUNITY PARTNER

    Capital Factory

    capitalfactory.com

    COMMUNITY PARTNER

    UT MBA Program

    mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA

    COMMUNITY PARTNER

    UT MSTC Program

    mccombs.utexas.edu/MSTC

    COMMUNITY PARTNER

    Google for Startups

    startup.google.com

    GLOBAL PARTNER NETWORK

    TITLE SPONSOR

    .Co

    go.co

    GLOBAL PARTNER NETWORK

    Support #LGBTQIA Entrepreneurship & Sponsor the world's only LGBTQIA-themed Startup Weekend!

  • SCHEDULE

    A weekend in Austin

    SCHEDULE

    April 11-14, 2019

    THURSDAY, APRIL 11

    • 6:00PM - Pre-Event Registration and Happy Hour at Capital One Cafe (Domain)

     

    FRIDAY, APRIL 12

    • 10:00AM - Paddleboarding (SUP) on Lady Bird Lake (optional)
    • 5:00PM - Check-In, Dinner and Networking
    • 6:30PM - Event Begins
    • 8:00PM - Pitches begin
    • 9:00PM - Voting on pitches
    • 9:30PM - Form teams & begin work
    • 10:30PM - Bar Crawl (TBD)

     

    SATURDAY, APRIL 13

    • 9:00AM - Breakfast / Start Work
    • 10:00AM - Morning Check-In
    • 12:00PM - Lunch & Learn with AWS
    • 1:00PM - Status reports
    • 2:00PM - Coaches meetings
    • 5:00PM - Dinner
    • 7:30PM - Status reports
    • 9:30PM - Social outing (TBD)

     

    SUNDAY, April 14

    • 9:00AM - Breakfast / Start Work
    • 10:00AM - Team check-ins
    • 12:00PM Lunch
    • 12:30PM - Coaches meetings
    • 3:00PM - Presentation prep & tech check-in
    • 4:00PM - Dinner
    • 5:00PM - Final presentations
    • 7:30PM - Judging & awards
    • 8:30PM - Wrap-up
    • 9:00PM - Dismissed!
  • ORGANIZERS

    #SWHackOut is a partner effort

    StartOut

    The national nonprofit supporting LGBTQ entrepreneurs

    Techstars

    Helping startup founders raise startup funding and gain critical insight to help launch their businesses

    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

  • 2019 JUDGES & MENTORS

    Support and guidance from top industry distinguished judges and expert mentors from the tech industry

    Nellie Bowles covers technology and culture for the New York Times, based in San Francisco, her hometown.

    Executive Director - StartOut

    Andres is the executive director of StartOut, the largest non-profit organization supporting LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

    Mellie Price - Judge

    Executive Director - Dell Medical School

    Mellie Price is an experienced investor, technologist, executive, fund manager, public speaker, and serial software entrepreneur.

    Margaret Staples - Judge

    Developer Evangelist - Twillio

    Delighted Developer Evangelist @ Twilio. Personally responsible sentient creature. Cybae. Consistent producer of code, philosophy, and attitude. Happy to help with all things Twilio. Let's make neat stuff.

    Alex Kilkka - Mentor

    2018 SWHackout Winner &

    Chief Technology Officer -

    Commonwealth Joe

    Alex is a serial entrepreneur and life-hacker focused on the intersection of technology and business. He recently joined a smart beverage startup.

    Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

    Savannah L. Barker leads Diversity & Inclusion efforts at Capital Factory, the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas.

    Jeremy Smith - Mentor

    Founder

    Startup enthusiast and hustler, previously founded SpotHero and Blockspring. Lots of experience on BD and getting initial traction.

    Vivian Chu - Mentor

    Vivian Chu is considered a leading innovator in robotics, applying AI and social intelligence in the development of robots

    Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer

    Rich is the CIO at VCSH, a local VC/PE investor. He is a recovering investment banker and has also spent time as a corporate development executive.

    Local Outreach Representative - GoDaddy Social

    Geoffrey has been a member of GoDaddy Social's local business outreach team since 2015 finding success with social media and online reputation management for local businesses.

    Senior VC Associate -

    Capital Factory

    Early-stage investor in technology startups, passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives, and dedicated consumer of breakfast tacos.

    Shelly Carpenter

    - Mentor

    Software Development Manager - Amazon

    Shelly is a reproductive justice activist and 20+ year tech industry veteran.

    Entrepreneur/Investor/Producer - StartOut

    Entrepreneur, Investor, Broadway Producer and Creator at the intersection of tech, design, storytelling and social value

    Program and Communications Manager - Capital City Innovation

    Victoria O'Dell is Program and Communications Manager at Capital City Innovation. She has a background in design and a love for art and community.

    Ian Carrico

    - Mentor

    Revenue Engineering Manager - VOX Media

    Ian is the manager of the revenue team at Vox Media. He has been an open source contributor and performance advocate in several open source projects.

  • 2019 LEADERSHIP TEAM

    Startup Weekend HackOut is a volunteer effort!

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

    Director, Digital and Marketing Technology - SVB

    I ❤️ tech, human centered design & digital. Passionate about equality & mentorship ✈️ AR / XR obsessed.

    Austin Chapter Lead - StartOut

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

    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.

    President & Chief Scientist, New Knowledge

    Computational physicist and data science entrepreneur who patented a chaos-based dynamic anomaly detection technology.

    Senior Product Manager - The Home Depot

    Unabashed nerd, especially interested in sports, education and the sharing economy. Passionate advocate for equal rights and opportunities for all.

    Software Engineer - HomeAway

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

    Senior Product Manager - New Knowledge

    Taylor McCaslin is a multi-disciplinary technologist and Product Manager living in Austin, Texas. He's an advocate and defender of privacy, consent, and inclusion.

    Areej Rabie

    Senior Venture Associate - Capital Factory

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

    Erika Isett

    Partnerships - Capital Factory

    Erika works full time at Capital Factory, the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas, where she manages sponsorships for Austin Startup Week.

    User Experience Designer -

    M&T Bank

    UX designer, researcher, and videographer focused on meeting people where they are. Occasionally plays the ukulele. Always up for a card game.

    Development Director - StartOut

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

    Brandon Monsees

    Marketing / Graphic Design

    TBD

    Jolene Ashcraft

    TBD

    TBD
  • #SWHackOut in the News

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

    Share your email below for media inquiries :-)

    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.

    blog.HomeAway.com

    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.

  • travel Scholarship

    Your community is here to help you.
    Regardless of your professional or
    academic background, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to become an entrepreneur!

     

    Our application period for 2019 travel scholarships is now closed. We'll be contacting recipients soon.

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