Hack Reactor Blog

  1. Hack Reactor Hosts High School Coding Group HackEdu

    As of this month, Hack Reactor is hosting hackEDU, an organization that supports high school coding clubs, on an ongoing basis. HackEDU, started by Zach Latta and Jonathan Leung, is less than a year old, but has already accomplished an impressive amount. After a trial run last Spring, the organization ramped up, and is now working with over 30 high school coding organizations. HackEDU connects these clubs with a growing set of resources and a support network.

  2. Germ Theory App Systemizes Containment of Ebola & Other Infectious Diseases

    In:  General

    The recent news regarding Ebola highlighted the difficulty we have in tracking the spread of infectious diseases and retroactively identifying people at risk, once a patient has been diagnosed. Harvard School of Public Health research scientist Eric Ding and Hack Reactor staff member Ryan Stellar have been developing a different, more effective system that combines epidemiology and technology. Stellar worked with a team of five Hack Reactor students to build an app that could, one day, save lives.

  3. JP Morgan Chase, Change.org, DocuSign & 30+ Employers Interview Grads on Hiring Day

    In:  General

    JP Morgan Chase, DocuSign, Change.org, and over thirty more companies gathered at Hiring Day to conduct interviews with our graduating students. The day started with student teams demoing the projects they worked on in the last weeks of the course. Projects ranged from a home monitoring system, to a Tinder-like job search app, to a visual display of worldwide Twitter data using the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion controller.

  4. Code.7370 Teaches Coding to Inmates at San Quentin State Prison

    In:  General

    Code.7370, an inspiring project to teach prisoners in San Quentin to program, launched in November with the help of Hack Reactor and the California Prison Industry Authority. Code.7370 is part of The Last Mile, which teaches career skills to prisoners, including entrepreneurial abilities and programs to facilitate reentry. Now, 18 motivated prisoners are learning marketable programming abilities.

  5. Students Mix Oculus Rift, Leap Motion & Twitter at Mozilla Virtual Reality Event

    In:  General

    A quartet of students spent a portion of the course working for the visual arts company Kinetech Arts on a project that uses cutting edge technology in visual display and virtual reality. Brian IversenTom VarikSteve Sharp and Carl Goldberg built two versions of an interactive display, one visible in the browser, the other in the 3D virtual reality environment created by the Oculus Rift and operated with a Leap Motion controller. The team built a rendering of the Earth, as seen from space (complete with a starry background and an accurately positioned and rotating sun. In addition to flying around the Earth, zooming in and out at will, users can see geotagged data from Twitter, in the form of glowing streams emitting from the location on Earth where that particular tweet came from.

  6. Alumni's 'MarkoYolo' App Wins Yo Hackathon

    In:  General

    Mike Luby, attended a Yo hackathon over the weekend, and won the prize for most fun app with their game MarkoYoloYo, an app that does no more than allow users to send the word “Yo” to each other (with the option of attaching a link or location data), brought a lot of confusion when it was first released last April Fool’s Day, but it has proven to be popular, drawing tens of thousands of users and millions in investment money. Over the weekend, Yo invited developers to their headquarters in San Francisco to build products with the Yo API.

  7. Alum Key Engineer on Healthcare.gov Project

    In:  General

    After the very public failure of healthcare.gov, the website through which people were to select and purchase health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”), a team of twelve software specialists was brought into fix the site. This included Christian Monaghan, who graduated Hack Reactor a year ago, and has been working as an independent contractor, principally for the U.S. government, since then. Monaghan gave an enlightening talk at the school on why healthcare.gov initially failed, and what he and his team did to fix it.

  8. From Data Entry to Google Cloud Leader: Greg Wilson Explains Art of Career Pivot

    In:  General

    Greg Wilson, Head of Developer Advocacy of Google Cloud Platform, gave a talk at Hack Reactor last week to students and alumni on education, technology and the life of a developer. Wilson discussed his own career path from low-level data entry to Google, continually touching on the theme of recognizing pivot points when the technological landscape or one’s own passions indicate that it’s time to make a change.