Blog

  1. Alum’s Y Combinator Startup Aims to be New Model in Tech Support

    It’s not uncommon these days to meet people who have or plan to start a business, but even in this culture, alum Guy Morita stands apart as someone uniquely driven toward entrepreneurship. He started a business at 21, and at one point had a practice of writing down a business idea every day. Still, having learned the challenges of running a business from his venture, he was willing to be patient to accumulate the right skills and team before embarking on his next one. Now he is one of four founding members of Eden, a business that offers high-quality, on-demand tech support. Eden has been accepted into the highly competitive Y Combinator startup incubation program.

  2. Purify CSS Tool Vaults Remote Students into Hacker News Limelight

    In:  General, Remote Beta, Student Projects

    Inspired by past student projects that made meaningful contributions to the open source community, a group of students in our Remote Beta program went into their final project looking for a problem to be solved. After investigating several avenues, they conceived of and built Purify CSS, a tool that speeds up apps by removing unused components related to the staple design language CSS. Since Purify CSS was released, the reaction from the developer community has been overwhelmingly positive, with coders already adding to the framework and using it in their projects.

  3. Student Project Coder Girl Encourages Young Women to Learn Coding

    In:  General, Student Projects

    A team of students wanted to address the well-documented issue of gender-disparity in technology. Drawing on their own experiences and conversations with girls interested in programming, a team of students decided that there needed to be a resource that helped girls get involved with coding at a young age. This inspired them to create Coder Girl, a site focused on building skills and creating a community for girls and young women interested in programming.

  4. Hack Reactor Remote Beta Teams Up with Uber to Provide Students With Real-World API Development Experience

    In:  General, News, Remote Beta

    Hack Reactor has announced an exciting partnership between Uber and our Remote Beta program. Through this partnership, the Uber API will be integrated into the Remote Beta curriculum to give students a deep exploration of API development. Once it is fully integrated into the course, students will have the option to build apps and projects with the Uber API. Additionally, Uber Engineers will eventually co-teach sections on API development alongside Hack Reactor instructors.

  5. Hack Reactor and Mission Bit Announce Partnership to Create Pipeline into Tech for San Francisco Students

    In:  General, News

    Mission Bit, a local non-profit offering free programming classes taught by experienced engineers and entrepreneurs, joins Hack Reactor in an exciting partnership that was announced Friday night at Mission Bit’s Demo Day, an event where Mission Bit students showcased their projects. The partnership between Hack Reactor and Mission Bit will create a track for San Francisco United School District (SFUSD) alums to attend a series of Hack Reactor network courses, enabling them to get software engineering positions in the area. SFUSD is the seventh largest school district in California, educating over 57,000 students every year. Utilizing project-based learning similar to Hack Reactor’s curriculum, Mission Bit provides a space for young San Francisco-based teens to build core computer science concepts and practical application skills to help them succeed in the tech job sector.

  6. Hack Reactor Pilots TechHire Initiative with New Orleans Non-Profit Operation Spark

    In:  General, News, Highlights, Remote Beta

    Hack Reactor is embarking on an exciting partnership that will combine the unique power and mobility of our Remote Beta course with the local reach and resources of the New Orleans-based nonprofit, Operation Spark. Operation Spark teaches beginning and intermediate coding to low-income students and young adults. Starting in August, they will host a hybrid course using the curriculum and teaching tools from our immersive, online course. This new course is part of our commitment to TechHire, a federal initiative to bring in-demand skills training to communities across the U.S.

  7. Virtual Reality Platform Built by Remote Students Opens Possibilities for VR Developers

    In:  General, Remote Beta, Student Projects

    While virtual reality has been around in various forms for many years, there is still a high barrier to entry for software developers to enter into the space. A group of students in our Remote Beta program decided to change that by creating a virtual reality platform. This platform, TheseusVR, creates an online space with multiple screens, in which one can run separate apps on each screen. It also incorporates cloud storage. TheseusVR can be integrated with two of the leading virtual reality systems, Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard.

  8. Hack Reactor’s Commitment to Students Showcased in Silicon Valley Documentary

    In:  General

    A new documentary from the socially minded organization Ympact explores the inner workings of Silicon Valley and features an interview with Hack Reactor Cofounder and CEO Tony Phillips. The film, Welcome to Silicon Valley, examines this unique part of the world through various exemplary people, including investors, emerging startup founders and serial entrepreneurs, that have helped make Silicon Valley what it isPhillips describes the commitment he and the other founders have to our students.

  9. Graduating Engineers Meet Reps from Cisco, Ozy, Walmart & Over 40 More at Hiring Day

    In:  General, Hired

    Hack Reactor held its biggest Hiring Day yet, with representatives from over 40 employers, including Cisco, Walmart, Ozy Media and JP Morgan Chase. Hiring Day allows students to display the largest, most complex projects they built while at Hack Reactor and meet with actively hiring companies for ten minute interviews. Students and employers are matched ahead of time by mutual interest, and many of these initial conversations lead to formal first interviews.

  10. Graduate Focuses on Intersection of Coding and Meditation

    In:  Hired, General

    Graduate David Ernst has studied both coding and meditation in immersive settings, and he finds many similarities between the two, and ways in which one can augment the other. Ernst had meditated in high school, but he was really awoken to its power three years ago, when he went on his first Vipassana retreat. This is a ten-day silent course, in which participants focus on their own breath and sensations for nearly ten hours a day.

  11. Grad Teams with Detroit Startup to Prepare for Entrepreneurial Future

    In:  General

    Rather than proceeding with a conventional job search, soon-to be graduate Mark Bennett will instead work as a developer for a startup in Detroit while learning entrepreneurial skills through the organization Venture for America (VFA). VFA seeks to address two problems simultaneously: the first is that areas looking to establish a startup community often have trouble drawing top talent away from Silicon Valley. The other is that people who want to launch their own startup generally don’t have any real training in entrepreneurship. Venture for America provides training to people interested in entrepreneurship, then pairs them with startups in cities outside of the major economic hubs.