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Two Hack Reactor students, Jack Lu and Keenan Lidral-Porter, have a keen interest in bitcoin, and through pitching separate projects on the popular cryptocurrency, found that many other students were curious as well. After fielding lots of questions on bitcoin, they decided to host a “fireside chat,” (without the fireside) to explain this intriguing new currency.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) invited our founders, along with other coding school leaders to meet with officials in the Obama Administration and executives of major employers, such as Microsoft, AT&T and UPS, to discuss a growing issue in the United States: finding jobs for veterans. With 2.5 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan returning to the U.S. at a time when the economy is still on uncertain ground, there is an urgent need for institutions like Hack Reactor that can quickly train adults in high-demand skills. That the White House identified Hack Reactor and other Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) shows that they are up on emerging trends in education.

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Each cohort at Hack Reactor has a dedicated “shepherd”, and our immersive online program is no different. The role of the shepherd is to keep a finger on the pulse of the mental/emotional health of the cohort, as well as their technical skills. Shepherds frequently meet with groups and individuals to work through coding issues, discuss how the program is going or to simply check in. The shepherd for the online program, Aaron Ward, has been enjoying his time in a new version of a well-established role.

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Hack Reactor hosted the #neoHack14 hackathon by Girl Develop It SF over the weekend. Girl Develop It provides classes and resources for beginner to intermediate coders to help them tackle the most confusing and intimidating aspects of software development. Over a hundred people, roughly 95% women, participated in this free, newbie-friendly, collaborative event to build and support the coding community.

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The Hack Reactor curriculum teaches specific skills, but more than that, it teaches the Computer Science fundamentals that allow our Software Engineers to learn new technologies as the need arises. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in recent student projects built using Swift, Apple’s three month-old language, which is still in beta.

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When most people think of an online learning course, they usually imagine watching recorded lectures in their free time. There may be assignments and tests that mirror those taken in an onsite class, and maybe even scheduled chat times about the material, which are usually optional and sparsely attended. That’s the basic picture of most Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). Then there are more interactive self-paced courses, like those of CodeAcademy, in which students progress through a series of assignments. Hack Reactor Remote Beta is an entirely new kind of online course: it is more immersive, time-intensive and social than nearly any other course, live or online.

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Student James Yothers has been to Disneyland a handful of times, and that was enough for him to spot an inefficiency in their Fastpass system. The idea behind Fastpass is that someone can effectively make an appointment to go on a certain ride at a certain time, and thus skip the endless lines that amusement parks are known for. However, that appointment may be hours in the future, and there is no way to acquire another pass while one waits to use the first one. Until now: Yothers hacked through this issue by building Exchange Disneyland Fastpass, an app that facilitates Fastpass trades. The app was built by Yothers and Caly MossKevin LiangJustin CheungJosh WyattAlexander Gugel, and Salman Kahn.

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PayPal, SalesForce, Reputation.com and over twenty other companies came to Hack Reactor’s Hiring Day on Tuesday. The event is a fun and highly efficient way for our graduating Software Engineers to make substantial connections with a large number of interested tech companies.

The day starts with demos of projects built over the last three weeks of the program.

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Developers from Ionic hosted a workshop over the weekend on their popular framework at The Douglas, Hack Reactor’s alumni lounge. Ionic, which has been connected with Hack Reactor since its early stages, allows JavaScript developers to build mobile apps for Android, iPhone, Windows and even Blackberry. Ionic, which is built on top of Angular.js, provides a framework for developers who are less familiar with mobile-specific languages to build high-functioning mobile apps. Hack Reactor students and Instructors have been working with Ionic since its fledgling stages, and by the time that Ionic was a fully realized framework, many in the Hack Reactor community were intimately familiar with Ionic development.

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Students come to Hack Reactor from all sorts of paths, but probably none as long and arduous as Ricky Sidhu’s. That Sidhu even made it to Hack Reactor, and is now a Web Developer at LinkedIn, is a result of pure willpower. He chronicled this journey in an inspiring post on LinkedIn. Sidhu grew up in a town in northern India. He dreamed of one day being an engineer, but that dream was derailed by tragedy.

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We tend to think of the job interview process as a test to pass, but really it’s a two-way street: the applicant sussing out the company is just as important as the company evaluating the applicant. But how do we evaluate a company, especially if we want to go beyond the culture and assess if it is financially viable? While this might be confusing for many Software Engineers, student Mario Ponticello has an investment background, and he knows about obtaining this crucial information.

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