The Austin Chapter of Startout presents HackOut, the world's first-ever LGBT-oriented hackathon. In the spectacular Capital Factory co-working space, we'll get together to present ideas, team up, and build great hacks that may turn into great companies.  Two days of hacking with a break from midnight to 7am. We've got sponsorship and prizes from Capital Factory (venue), Curious Cat Company, Facebook, Google, Hirestarter, HomeStart, Launch Marketing, Jones Spross PLLC, KCL Foundation, Mortgage Portfolio Services, Rackspace, Stripe and Thinktiv. And we're looking forward to welcoming teams and participants from around the US and around the world.  Register more than a week in advance to get free cloud credits to run your hack!

HackOut Speakers, Mentors & Judges

[S] =   Speaker
[M] =   Mentor
[J]  =   Judge

  • [J] Dr. Jeff Amos, Clear Oak Partners, Entrepreneur/IC2 Fellow/Pepperdine Faculty Member
  • [J] Joshua Baer, Executive Director of Capital Factory
  • [M] Chad Bailey, Support Engineer at Heroku
  • [M/J] Keith Casey, former Developer Evangelist at Twilio
  • [M] Sven Elstermann, former VP at Aloqa
  • [S] Bijoy Goswami, Founder of Bootstrap Austin and Author of The Human Fabric
  • [M] Lindsey O’Niell, Software Developer at TrendKite
  • [S/M/J] Emma Persky, Google developer in NYC office
  • [S/M/J] Matt Richardson, Creative Technologist
  • [M] Kerry Rupp, CEO at DreamIt Ventures
  • [S/M] Alex Sexton, Product Engineer at Stripe and JQuery Board of Advisors
  • [M/J] JP Sugarbroad, Google developer


DAY 1:

  • 8:00am: Doors Open to Sponsors / Sponsor Table Setup
  • 9:00am: Doors Open to Attendees
  • 10:00am: Welcome to HackOut / Team Formation
  • 11:00am: Hackathon begins
  • 12:00pm: Lunch is served
  • 7:00pm: Dinner is served
  • 7:00pm – Midnight: Keep hacking…

DAY 2:

  • 7:00am: Doors Open
  • 8:00am: Breakfast is served
  • 12:00pm: Lunch is served
  • 1:00pm: Hackathon ends / Submission due
  • 2:00pm – 4:30pm: Demos and presentations
  • 5:00pm: Winners are announced
  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm: Cocktail Hour / You’ve survived… let’s celebrate!

Venue: Capital Factory 701 Brazos Street, 16th Floor, 78701, USA



  • Participants: Individuals (15 years in age or older) and teams of up to five (5) people
  • Countries: Any


  • Categories are not limited to specific target areas. Any viable business idea or non-profit idea is welcome.
  • What to create: functioning software application; demonstration video; screenshots
  • Platforms: iOS; Mobile Web; Web; Mac Desktop; Windows Desktop

Hackathon Sponsors


$36,000 in prizes

First-Place Cash Prize

First-Place Rackspace Cloud Credits

Rackspace Cloud credits of $1000/month for 12 months

Second-Place Rackspace Cloud Credits

Rackspace Cloud credits of $500/month for 12 months

Third-Place Rackspace Cloud Credits

Rackspace Cloud credits of $500/month for 12 months

Honorable Mention Rackspace Cloud Credits (3)

Rackspace Cloud credits of $250/month for 12 months

First-Place Half-Day Marketing Consulting Session from Launch Marketing

The first-place winning team will receive a half-day messaging session from Launch Marketing focused on refining key messages for their company, which can be leveraged as they secure funding, develop partnerships, grow their customer base and more.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Sign up for HackOut at
  2. Limited student travel scholarships are available. Please register for HackOut and then submit a brief email describing your background, entrepreneurial aspirations, and travel needs to Applications are due by 5:00 pm Central, January 10, 2014.
  3. Register for a free account on Challenge Post (
  4. If you want to use your free $2000 in Google Cloud credits during HackOut, you must register with Google Cloud by Friday, February 7, 2014.
  5. Construct your demo according to the rules below and complete your submission on Challenge Post by 1:00 pm CST on Sunday, February 16, 2014.


Dr. Jeff Amos

Dr. Jeff Amos
Entrepreneur/IC2 Fellow/Pepperdine Faculty

Joshua Baer

Joshua Baer
Executive Director of Capital Factory

Keith Casey

Keith Casey
Former Developer Evangelist at Twilio

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson
Creative Technologist

JP Sugarbroad

JP Sugarbroad
Google developer

Tim Gill

Tim Gill
Gill Foundation

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Design
  • Commercial Viability

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