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  1. Partner School Telegraph Academy’s Month-long Prep Course Creates Accelerated Track for Beginners

    In:  General, News

    Our partner school Telegraph Academy, located in the East Bay across from San Francisco, is committed to providing coding education for underrepresented minorities, regardless of technical background or availability of funds. In addition to offering Hack Reactor’s 12-week immersive curriculum, Telegraph Academy is reaching out to the community to help beginners get basic skills, develop confidence and connect with a network of motivated & supportive learners and mentors.  

  2. Hack Reactor-Powered Coding Program at San Quentin State Prison Celebrates First Graduation

    In:  General, Highlights

    Code.7370, a program developed in part by Hack Reactor to train motivated prisoners in San Quentin State Prison to code, held its first graduation earlier this week. Hack Reactor developed the curriculum for Code.7370, which seeks to reduce recidivism by providing inmates with marketable coding skills. Sixteen students completed the program, which focused on HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The initiative was created by Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti, founders of The Last Mile, a program to set prisoners up for success when their sentences end.

  3. Hack Reactor CEO Presents at Leading EdTech Conference ASU+GSV Summit

    In:  General, Hired

    Our CEO Tony Phillips and Alumni Director Mike Adams traveled to ASU+GSV Summit--a leading edtech conference--to discuss delivering high quality education to a wide range of learners. Phillips gave a presentation on the progress and innovations made by Hack Reactor, and both Phillips and Adams took full advantage of the chance to spend three days among other edtech companies and thought leaders in education.

  4. Hack Reactor Application Part II: The Technical Interview

    In:  General

    You’ve made it past Hack Reactor’s Admissions Challenge. Now what? You are now eligible to schedule the second and most important part of the admissions process, the technical interview. The bulk of the interview consists of a live coding session with one of our technical mentors. This is a collaborative process that we hope is fun and educational, regardless of the final outcome. (See here for more on the Admissions Challenge.)

  5. Advice from an Alumna to Future Software Engineers

    In:  General, Hired

    Kara Erickson has been building websites since she was nine, but she only decided to take engineering from a hobby to a career less than two years ago. Now, a year after graduating Hack Reactor, she is a Software Engineer at OpenTable, and has ventured into presenting publicly as a thought leader in the space, recently speaking at a Meetup at Google, and ng-conf, the leading Angular conference.

  6. Students Build Developer Tool for Rapid Back-End Creation

    In:  General, Student Projects

    Many apps and projects are more focused on the front-end, but still require a functional back-end. That’s where Mockr, a tool built by recent graduates Ruben VicarioJake ObronAndrew Smith and Karim Kyler, comes in. Mockr allows users to both mock up a back-end (as the name implies) and create a back-end as a service for exchanging information with the front-end.

  7. Remote Program Class Lead Makes Digital Classroom a Close-Knit Community

    In:  General, Remote Beta

    Our Remote program is, in many ways, a carbon copy of our onsite course, but there are inevitable differences that make the digital classroom a very unique experience. Managing both familiar aspects of the Hack Reactor experience and elements peculiar to Remote Beta, Liz Penny keeps everything running smoothly in an online course unlike any offering out there. She works with students on everything from the logistical to the emotional.

  8. SXSWedu 2015 Recap: Top 5 Quotes On the EdTech Movement

    In:  General

    SXSWedu, the education-focused branch of the popular South by Southwest conference, had its fifth iteration, and Hack Reactor joined in with talks, panels and meetups. Partner school MakerSquare, which has a school in SXSWedu’s host city Austin, was quite active as well.

    The week-long event provided an excellent opportunity to connect with some of the most forward-thinking minds in education today. Here are 5 top quotes from our SXSWedu experience.