HackOut is to help inspire entrepreneurship and a path towards future startups. A place where imaginative developers go to meet others and build!

  1. New Code: We all start coding at the same time. Prior to this time you may work on your design, logo, wireframes, idea validation, digital mockups, you name it. But no coding can be done beforehand.
  2. Code Review: Winning teams will be subject to a code-review at some point following the event. This will be to ensure everything was built at the hackathon.
  3. Hack away: Feel free to use any tools, tricks, gems, shortcuts, or workarounds you’ve discovered over the years to help you build quickly. Use any frameworks, hosting service, etc., you please, but final submissions must be made using the platform provided.
  4. Ownership and IP: Teams have full ownership of everything they build at our events and are free to do with it as they wish.
  5. Team Size: Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed.
  6. What to Build: Create a prototype of a solution to a problem that can’t be easily found anywhere else.
  7. Submissions: Participants need to to register for a free account on Challenge Post in order to submit the final version of their project by 1:00pm of the second day. Each participant should have received a promo code for Google Cloud Platforms through the confirmation email. If you have not received your promo code, please emailhackout@startout.org.
  8. And Remember…It’s a hackathon! Use whatever languages or hacks you have in your arsenal. Show us hardware. Show us new concepts. Show us anything you’d like.

For more information on HackOut, please contact hackout@startout.org.


Code of Conduct

HackOut 2014 (“HackOut”, or the “event”) is a community event intended for networking and collaboration in the developer community, organized and sponsored by StartOut, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

We value the participation of each member of the HackOut community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the event and at all related events, whether officially sponsored by HackOut or StartOut or not.

To make clear what is expected, all delegates, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers at any HackOut event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.


HackOut is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any event venue, including talks.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for HackOut.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event without a refund at the sole discretion of the event organizers.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.


Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Competitors, participants, volunteers, sponsors, and anyone associated with the event, whether formally or informally (collectively, “Participants”) are all subject to this Code of Conduct. In particular, Participants should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Participants (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for HackOut.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff. Event staff will be identifiable by HackOut volunteer tags on their lanyards. You may also contact Capital Factory staff and ask to be put in touch with the event chair, Dr. Steve Kramer.
If your concerns demand immediate attention, please call/contact any of these individuals: Dr. Steve Kramer at +1 512 569 9760, Dr. Michael Witbrock at +1 617 388 9354, or Michael Ybarra at +1 917 291 0689.

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and participation.


This Code of Conduct, in its original form, was created by Python for their PyCon 2012 event, and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. It has been modified by StartOut for use at HackOut 2014. The original version can be found here, and neither StartOut nor HackOut make any claim of ownership of this Code or the original. For any inquiries regarding copyright or licensing of this Code, please contact Michael Ybarra at michael@ybarrapllc.com.