Blog

  1. Hack Reactor Honors Tech Entrepreneur Leading in Cross-Device Identity Marketing at Women of Vision Banquet

    In:  General, News, Highlights

    Last week, Hack Reactor presented the Anita Borg Institute’s ABIE Entrepreneurship Award to Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, Founder and CEO of Drawbridge, a leading cross-platform business-to-consumer messaging company. The award is presented annually to “a woman who is the builder of an innovative, ground-breaking, and game-changing technology venture startup”.  The award presentation caps a week during which Hack Reactor announced two scholarships for women and reported that our current Remote Beta class is 33% women, the highest percentage we have seen to date.

  2. Student Team Builds on Project from Previous Cohort to Create Technical Interview Platform

    In:  General, Student Projects

    Technical interviews done online often involve a cumbersome mix of programs for video chat, pair programming, whiteboarding and private notetaking. This adds logistical challenges to an already-complex task. A team of students addressed this issue by creating an all-in-one platform for remote technical interviews. HackBox uses a tab system to put video chat, whiteboard, shared coding space and a private note-taking area for the interviewer.

  3. Student’s Relaxing Meditation Site Goes Viral, Receives Over Half a Million Pageviews

    In:  General, Student Projects

    As students move through our curriculum, they build a wide range of projects from short works to large group projects, all built over six weeks. The smallest of these is a solo project created from scratch in 36 hours. For this project, recent graduate Marc Balaban created a website, Pixel Thoughts, that guides the user through a one-minute meditation, designed to put one’s problem in perspective. This simple but poignant work garnered attention last week, and before long, it went viral. Balaban’s project has been written up in over ten publications in three languages and has received well over half a million pageviews in just a week.

  4. Salesforce, Cisco, SolarCity & Over 40 More Interview Graduates on Hiring Day

    In:  General, Hired

    Hack Reactor welcomed over 40 companies to Hiring Day to meet and interview our most recent graduates. The event provided a chance for students entering the job market to present group projects and meet individually with employers. The efficiency of bringing hiring companies together with eligible, interested candidates is nearly impossible to replicate for companies or Software Engineers on their own, and our network of hiring partners has steadily grown as more employers seek to take advantage of this opportunity.

  5. 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.  

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.