1. Hack Reactor Hosts 54-Hour Startup Weekend for Alumni

    In:  Coding Community, General, Hired

    Hack Reactor’s alumni program, HRX, held its first ever Startup Weekend, where participants pitched ideas, formed teams, built out business ideas, validated them in the market, and presented them to industry leaders in one action-packed weekend. Alumni of every local Hack Reactor Core partner school and our online program were invited to participate, as were members of the Australia-based project Startup Catalyst, which coordinates an annual trip of 20 tech entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley. In all, 75 people participated, over 25 ideas were pitched and 10 teams formed to create the most impressive products they could in 54 hours. The weekend was sponsored by frogVentures, Kohler Law Group, Peerspace and Startup Catalyst.

  2. Why Hack Reactor Doesn’t Care About Your SAT Score

    In:  General, News Analysis

    What should colleges and universities do with a student’s SAT and ACT scores? Hampshire College has come up with a bold answer: ignore them. These tests introduce a lot of statistical noise, because it is impossible to know if the student had a typical test-taking performance, took a prep course that boosted their results beyond what they would “naturally” get, and, most critically, what a high score means about the student’s future success (hundreds of other schools are “test optional” suggesting they are sympathetic to these ideas). So what is Hampshire College doing instead? School President Jonathan Lash explains in an article.

  3. VC to Hack Reactor: Student Embarks on Bold Career Change

    In:  General, Student Projects

    Most people would be more than satisfied with an upwardly mobile position at one of the most prominent venture capital firms in the country, but Preethi Kasireddy had a career path in mind that went beyond the investing world. Through a year at Goldman Sachs and two at Andreessen Horowitz, she learned an incredible amount, but had always harbored the desire to be an engineer. On Monday, she embarks on this new section of her career when she starts the Hack Reactor program.

  4. Hack Reactor Core Jumps Into the iOS Coding World

    In:  General, News, Highlights

    Hack Reactor Core has acquired Mobile Makers Academy, which teaches mobile iOS app development in an 8-week course, with locations in Chicago and San Francisco. With this acquisition, we now have a top iOS-focused course in our network, as well as a footprint in the Midwest. Both of these factors mean that we can now reach students with a broader range of interests and locations.

  5. Announcing… Hack Reactor Core

    In:  General, Highlights, News

    With an eye toward a future of accelerated growth, Hack Reactor has announced 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 

  8. 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”

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.