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Hack Reactor uses a unique and powerful instructional method called rapid-iteration teaching, designed specifically for the school by Lead Instructor and Curriculum Designer, Marcus Phillips. Now, Marcus is up for a panelist position at SXSWedu--the education-focused wing of South by Southwest--to speak about changing education toward a more powerful, dynamic model. Listen to Marcus explain his method and vote for him here.

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When Hack Reactor announced its Remote Beta program, back in June, it was “a dream, a miracle” for Chibueze Ukaegbu. The ability to take Hack Reactor’s course without relocating from his home in Nigeria burgeoned a mission that Ukaegbu had committed to before he’d even heard of Hack Reactor: starting TechHub, a JavaScript-based programming school in Nigeria.

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Hack Reactor students, instructors and alumni have a hub to stay in touch with each other: the Community Blog. This is a forum for students, instructors, and others in the Hack Reactor network to share their thoughts, experiences and code. Whether they have moved on from Hack Reactor or are still at the school, our community members are constantly taking on new projects, experimenting with programming tools and doing deep dives into fascinating topics. Everyone gains by having a shared space to learn from each other’s experiences.

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In creating the school, Hack Reactor's founders had to make key decisions that would define the institution going forward. One of the most essential was which programming language to teach. At the time, there was one fairly obvious choice: Ruby. Ruby had been the dominant language of the last ten years. That’s why it turned a few heads when Hack Reactor decided to focus on JavaScript.

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Magee Mooney brings a wealth of experience to her role as Hack Reactor's newest instructor.  She has programmed for the U.S. government, U.C. Berkeley, a number of non-profits on a volunteer basis, and in the private sector. After working as a LAN Administrator for the National Science Foundation, she came to California to take a role as an Analyst/Programmer on a years-long childhood leukemia study.

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Tessel, the maker of a hardware device by the same name which can be programmed with JavaScript, came to Hack Reactor to hold a hackathon over the weekend. Roughly 50 Hack Reactor alumni, from the just graduated to Software Engineers firmly entrenched at their companies, came to learn, experiment and build. The hardware-software combination created by Tessel inspired the attendees to build a wide range of devices.

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When a team of Hack Reactor students won awards from Twitter and Nexmo at the API Con Hackathon, they knew they had an attention grabbing project.

“We got such good reception, we thought it would be worthwhile to expand the project,” says Drew Cuthbertson. Burgeoned by this success, they expanded their idea over several weeks at Hack Reactor. The result is NetSense, a program to monitor and respond to sentiment data produced by people across the world. NetSense was built by Cuthbertson, Ash HooverAndrew Krause and Nick Wei.

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