StartOut HackOut is the first LGBTQIA-themed hackout in Austin, presented by Startout, Lesbians Who Tech, and Techstars. Members of the LGBTQIA community and allies traveled from near and far to participate in an awesome weekend dedicated to tech and entrepreneurship!
The purpose of HackOut Weekend is to teach potential entrepreneurs in the LGBTQIA community how to turn an idea into a functioning startup.
HackOut festivities kicked off on Thursday with a bar crawl on Fourth Street, followed by a Friday morning paddleboard session on Lady Bird Lake. HackOut planners made sure there was an even mix of fun and business so first-time visitors could explore Austin.
On Saturday and Sunday, attendees formed teams and got to work. Teams had 54 hours to develop a solution to a problem and create a business plan. Things got creative from here because teams needed to include a detailed concept and present their plan to a panel of judges at the end of HackOut.
Several speakers and mentors joined the group throughout the weekend to share tips and wisdom for these up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Team HomeAway had multiple presenters including Chief Product Officer, Tina Weyand, and SVP of Brand, Kristen Nolte.
Dan Driscoll, Andy Kearney, and Layne Box represented Team HomeAway on the leadership board for HackOut. They had a blast planning the event, finding sponsors, and watching the teams present their finished product.
At the end of Hackout, Layne said, "I am extremely proud of the ideas that came from the weekend. With such a diverse group of people who came to Austin, they were able to collaborate and create so many useful applications."
Attendees shared their HackOut experience on Instagram using #SWHackout and they are already buzzing about next year. A job well done for Team HomeAway and those who made the first-ever HackOut a total success!