1. Announcing… Hack Reactor Core

    In:  General, Highlights, News

    With an eye toward a future of accelerated growth, Hack Reactor has announced [LINK] the launch of parent company Hack Reactor Core. This new organizational structure will oversee all schools and initiatives in the network, and allow us to grow at will. In its first major move, Hack Reactor Core has acquired the iOS school Mobile Makers Academy. Each school will have its own CEO, who will be in charge of that school’s success and growth.

  2. Uber, Telegraph Academy and the Future of Oakland

    In:  General, News Analysis

    News broke last week that Uber will be purchasing a large building in downtown Oakland--the historic “Old Sears” building--marking the most significant move of the technology sector into the San Francisco area’s East Bay. With Silicon Valley and San Francisco becoming saturated with tech companies, the East Bay, particularly Oakland, has long been eyed as an inevitable area of expansion for tech companies. The general sentiment in Oakland has been a mix of excitement and trepidation. In part due to the tech boom, San Francisco is now one of the most expensive places in the world to live and there is a justified fear that low-to-middle income residents of Oakland will eventually be pushed out. TechCrunch’s Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) articulated many of these feelings in an article titled, Oakland to Tech: Please Don’t Screw This Up Like Last Time.

  3. Public School Coding Programs Should Tap into Coding Bootcamp Success

    In:  General, News Analysis

    It seems like everyday now, there is news of a new plan to introduce Computer Science classes into public schools somewhere in the world. New York City recently announced that such classes would be in all of its public schools in 10 years’ time. Only a few days later, Australia said that the entire country planned to teach coding starting at Year 5. Related initiatives have also been announced in other places as well including San FranciscoChicago, and the UK among others. 

  4. Sorry Mr. Gelernter, But Passion For Coding is a Hack Reactor Prerequisite

    In:  General, News Analysis

    Recently, in a controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, “Why I’m Not Looking to Hire  Computer-Science Majors” Daniel Gelernter, CEO of email startup Dittach claimed that he only hires people whom he believes have demonstrated a long-term love of coding. As he says, “people who taught themselves to code in high school and still can’t get enough of it”

  5. 3rd Annual E.U. Code Week Aims to Celebrate Coding, Narrow Europe’s Coding Job Gap

    In:  News Analysis, General

    By 2020, it is projected that Europe will experience a shortfall of 800,000 information and communications technology employees, highlighting an urgent need for more code-savvy people to enter the EU workforce. In order to help bridge this enormous gap, and to get more Europeans of all ages and backgrounds into coding, the 3rd annual E.U. Code Week will take place from October 10-18, 2015, consisting of hundreds of code-based activities such as robot camps, tech fairs and more, held in hundreds of locations throughout the continent.

  6. LinkedIn Analysis: Measuring Coding Bootcamp Outcomes

    In:  General, News Analysis

    A broad analysis of coding schools from LinkedIn’s Link Gan shows that the sector is indeed improving outcomes for students. His analysis of LinkedIn profiles shows that coding schools are surging in popularity, have graduates at every major tech company and are more gender-balanced than the tech industry as a whole. He also finds that coding bootcamp students do indeed improve their job prospects on graduating their programs.

  7. San Leandro High School Launches Hack Club with Hack Reactor’s Help

    In:  General, Coding Community, Success Stories

    Jiahao Kuang’s story is about how community can turn coding from a hobby to a passion. Kuang, a sophomore at San Leandro High School, had dabbled with coding, but his interest really took flight last March when he went to Hack Camp, a two-week session for high schoolers put on by hackEDU. (Hack Reactor provided office space to hackEDU for an extended period last winter.) Hack Camp showed Kuang both the power of coding, and how much more fun and stimulating it is with a group of like-minded people. The experience inspired him to start his own Hack Club in his high school, and eventually connected him to Hack Reactor.

  8. How to Use Momentum from Africa Code Week

    In:  General, Coding Community, News Analysis

    This October, Africa Code Week will embark on an ambitious project: giving 20,000 children across 17 African countries an introduction to coding, October 1-10. Based on a rationale familiar to coding discussions in the U.S., the initiative finds that traditional education systems are not producing Software Engineers at the rate the economy requires. Kickstarting broader coding education today will pay dividends down the road.

  9. Is Computer Science Education Suffering from a Communication Breakdown?

    In:  General, News Analysis

    A recent USA Today article revealed a surprising disconnect between parents and school administrators on the importance of teaching computer science. While parents are near unanimous on the importance of computer science education, school principals are not hearing this message--very few of them believe there is much demand from parents for more computer science classes. These findings come from a large study conducted by Gallup and Google.

  10. Why the “Learn to Code” Movement Needs to Focus on Teachers

    In:  General, News Analysis, Coding Community

    The “learn to code” frenzy is at a fever pitch, and that’s a good thing. Not only are our employers asking for far more Software Engineers than our education system currently provides, but coding teaches valuable general skills like problem solving, engineering and even research (the most common answer to a coding issue is “Google it”). The focus in creating a tidal wave of programmers has been on professionals looking to improve their career outlook and bringing computer science to middle and high schools. On this second point, there is a second talent shortage that is critically important to address, but has received relatively little attention: training teachers. has been leading the charge in filling in this piece of the puzzle.

  11. College: What Are Students Paying For?

    In:  General, News Analysis

    What is the real value of higher education? That’s the question asked by a thoughtful article by John Cassidy in a recent issue of The New Yorker. Cassidy notes that for decades, politicians have focused on higher education as a near-guarantee to a good job and a growing salary. In today’s economy, however, the picture is more nuanced and less rosy. College, once tasked primarily with creating well-rounded citizens, has had an awkward transition to a world with global competition where employers often care more about specific skills than general cultivation. As we rethink education for the next century, two thoughts come to mind: first, we could do a better job teasing apart general education from skills-based education, and second, skills education needs to have a strong focus on outcomes (and the accurate reporting of them). Outcomes, a central focus of Hack Reactor’s educational model, will help students, parents and employers understand what they are paying for and why.

  12. New COO Roger Piskulick Leverages Finance Background to Impact Education Sector

    In:  General, Staff Profiles

    With an eye toward increasing prominence in the tech education landscape, Hack Reactor has appointed Roger Piskulick to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Piskulick has a long history of executive experience with leading education companies, such as Blackboard, GlobalEnglish and the Apollo Education Group. As COO, he will see to Hack Reactor’s efficient, responsible growth, as we continue to be a defining force in the coding school space.