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  1. Product Hunt Features Alum’s React Native App

    In:  General, Hired, Student Projects

    Richard Kho, who graduated Hack Reactor in May and spent an additional three months in our apprenticeship program, was recently featured on the popular app and media curator site Product Hunt for his app Product Kitty. Product Kitty makes use of the recently released Product Hunt API to allow users to browse products, read comments and user profiles. The app was partly inspired by Kho’s desire to explore the popular new mobile development framework React Native, which facilitates flexible platform app building.

  2. Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Karen Hunter Features Grad on Popular Radio Show

    In:  General, Hired

    Radio host and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor and publisher,Karen Hunter, wanted an app to connect her listeners to content and causes they care about, and she turned to recent Hack Reactor grad Justin Webb to build it. Webb was interviewed on the Karen Hunter Show about the process of going from zero to a fully-functioning app that can be used by a large, diverse audience.

  3. Vote Hack Reactor, MakerSquare & Telegraph Academy Into SXSWedu

    In:  General, News

    The Hack Reactor network is returning to SXSWedu, the education-focused branch of the massive culture and technology conference, South by Southwest. To bring our thought leaders and their ideas to this meeting of the minds, we will need your votes. Please take a few seconds to vote for each of our panels on SXSW’s competitive PanelPicker system (see below for voting instructions):

    Hacking the Racial Divide: Technology Education

    The Rise of Coding Schools: Changing the Landscape

  4. Students’ “Instagram for Google Deep Dream” Featured in Popular Science, The Verge, Wired, Discovery News, The Next Web & More

    In:  General, Highlights, Student Projects

    Many have been enchanted by the bizarre images from Google’s Deep Dream project, but the process of creating these mindscapes was difficult and time-consuming for the average person. A group of students tackled this issue by building an app, Dreamify, that Popular Science called “Instagram for Deep Dream”. Dreamify also caught the eye of the VergeYahooThe Next WebDiscovery News, and a slew of other sites. The app, which takes ordinary images and runs them through Google’s Deep Dream process, is available for Android and will soon be available on iOS.

  5. Alum Tops Hacker News with Explanation of New JavaScript Feature, Tail Call Optimization

    In:  General, Student Projects

    Kyle Owen, who graduated Hack Reactor in May, has been getting to know the new features built into JavaScript in the ES6 release, which came out earlier this year and marked the first major update to JavaScript since ES5 in 2009. Because there is so much new material to explore, concise and lucid explanations of specific features are high in demand. Owen provided exactly that in a blog post on tail call optimization, and his explanation quickly rocketed to the front page of Hacker News.

  6. Hack Reactor and Optimizely Announce Winners of I/Own It Scholarship for Women in Tech

    In:  Coding Community, General, News

    Hack Reactor and Optimizely, the leading experience optimization platform for A/B testing and personalization, are excited to announce the winners of our joint scholarship for women, which covers the cost of tuition at Hack Reactor and promises an internship with mentorship at Optimizely at the end of the program. While the scholarship program, I/Own It, was initially intended to have just one winner, the interest was overwhelming with over 200 applicants from around the world, and the program was expanded to include two half-scholarships. Read more about the background for I/Own It on Optimizely’s blog. The winner, Jessica Chong, and the finalists, Haley Bash and Amy Chiu, have all been accepted into Hack Reactor through our standard application process.

  7. Hack Reactor Remote Prep: The 4-Week Coding Course for Novices

    In:  General, Remote Beta

    As both an onramp to our immersive course and an introduction for anyone looking to get into programming, we are now offering four-week prep courses online. Hack Reactor Remote Prep allows students all over the world to go from novice to competent and well-equipped to learn more in an accelerated timeframe. Courses start as soon as Monday, August 24 (9:00am PST, 6:30pm PST, 6:30pm EST). The cost for this 60-hour course is $600. The cost of Remote Prep  can be used toward the tuition for Hack Reactor Remote Beta, should the student get accepted and attend. Onsite prep courses are also available through our network of schools in San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles and Berkeley. See here for more info (scroll down to “Gateway Programs”).

  8. Telegraph Academy Cofounder Explains how Hack Reactor Helped Turn His Life Around at White House Demo Day

    In:  General, Highlights, News, Success Stories

    Cofounder of partner school Telegraph Academy and Hack Reactor alum Albrey Brown pitched at the first-ever White House Demo Day, which was started to showcase successful entrepreneurs and demonstrate “why we need to give every American the opportunity to pursue their bold, game-changing ideas.”  This event brought together a diverse set of entrepreneurs from across the country, highlighting their individual journeys to show why we need to make sure there's opportunity for everyone in our innovation economy. Demo Day opened the discussion about how more startups can emerge in every corner of America, and that those underrepresented in entrepreneurship are being tapped to fully contribute their talents.

  9. Partnerships with Lenders Pave & Affirm Make Financing Hack Reactor More Accessible to Students

    In:  General, Student Financing, News

    In our ongoing effort to make our world class program accessible to a growing number of students, we have recently teamed up with two lending partners, Pave and Affirm, to provide financing options to our Software Engineers. Accepted students will be able to apply to either option through a streamlined process. These steps help us to further clear away financial barriers to attending our San Francisco and Remote Beta programs.

  10. Student Outcomes Director Talks Tech Industry at National Youth Leadership Forum Panel

    In:  General, Coding Community, Staff Profiles

    Blake Williams, our Director of Student Outcomes, spends his time at Hack Reactor helping graduating students get jobs that best fit their skills and personalities, but recently he spent some time with a different type of student. He spoke to high schoolers from across the country interested in becoming professional coders as a guest on the Next Steps panel at the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF):Technology and Innovation. This was part of a week-long immersive experience in getting to know the technology industry, put on by the NYLF, which included Hack Reactor as a leading member of the increasingly important coding school space. As the member of our team responsible for ensuring our outcome rates of 99% placed within three months at an average starting salary of $105,000, Williams is an expert on the technology jobs landscape. He was joined on the panels with executives from Draper University, 500 Startups, Dev Bootcamp and Vungle.

  11. 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.