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  1. Hack Reactor’s Commitment to Students Showcased in Silicon Valley Documentary

    In:  General

    A new documentary from the socially minded organization Ympact explores the inner workings of Silicon Valley and features an interview with Hack Reactor Cofounder and CEO Tony Phillips. The film, Welcome to Silicon Valley, examines this unique part of the world through various exemplary people, including investors, emerging startup founders and serial entrepreneurs, that have helped make Silicon Valley what it isPhillips describes the commitment he and the other founders have to our students.

  2. Graduating Engineers Meet Reps from Cisco, Ozy, Walmart & Over 40 More at Hiring Day

    In:  General, Hired

    Hack Reactor held its biggest Hiring Day yet, with representatives from over 40 employers, including Cisco, Walmart, Ozy Media and JP Morgan Chase. Hiring Day allows students to display the largest, most complex projects they built while at Hack Reactor and meet with actively hiring companies for ten minute interviews. Students and employers are matched ahead of time by mutual interest, and many of these initial conversations lead to formal first interviews.

  3. Graduate Focuses on Intersection of Coding and Meditation

    In:  Hired, General

    Graduate David Ernst has studied both coding and meditation in immersive settings, and he finds many similarities between the two, and ways in which one can augment the other. Ernst had meditated in high school, but he was really awoken to its power three years ago, when he went on his first Vipassana retreat. This is a ten-day silent course, in which participants focus on their own breath and sensations for nearly ten hours a day.

  4. Grad Teams with Detroit Startup to Prepare for Entrepreneurial Future

    In:  General

    Rather than proceeding with a conventional job search, soon-to be graduate Mark Bennett will instead work as a developer for a startup in Detroit while learning entrepreneurial skills through the organization Venture for America (VFA). VFA seeks to address two problems simultaneously: the first is that areas looking to establish a startup community often have trouble drawing top talent away from Silicon Valley. The other is that people who want to launch their own startup generally don’t have any real training in entrepreneurship. Venture for America provides training to people interested in entrepreneurship, then pairs them with startups in cities outside of the major economic hubs.

  5. How Can You Go From Intern to CTO? Cofounder Shawn Drost Explains at Hirepalooza

    In:  General, Coding Community

    Cofounder Shawn Drost spoke at the career and networking conference Hirepalooza on a panel titled How to Go From Intern to CTO. Hirepalooza is a staple event put on by DevNetwork and is San Francisco’s largest hiring event. Drost, joined by Galvanize VP of Academic Excellence Jonathan Dinu, Bitcasa’s Head of Human Resources Alina Steinberg Baugh, and Zendesk’s Engineering Director Jason Smale, spoke about how to fast-track one’s career as a developer.

  6. Hack Reactor Opens Telegraph Academy, Coding School Focused on Closing Tech Diversity Gap

    In:  General, News

    Hack Reactor has announced the founding of a unique school: Telegraph Academy, a mission-driven, immersive coding program for people of color. Founded by Hack Reactor alumni and instructors Bianca Gandolfo and Albrey Brown, Telegraph Academy will create pathways into tech for communities that have been underrepresented in the industry. Through financing options and prep courses, this school will be accessible to motivated people, regardless of experience or financial situation. Telegraph Academy is located in Berkeley, CA, with plans to cross the border into Oakland early next year. The first cohort of its three-month course starts June 29, and the school is currently accepting applications.

  7. Patent-Holding Student Builds D3 Visualization of Key Bay Area Stats

    In:  General, Student Projects

    Frank Bowers came to Hack Reactor after 26 years as a Software Engineer to facilitate a transition from building user interfaces on the desktop to web development. Specifically, Bowers has a keen interest in data visualization, and embarked on a side project while working on our pre-course curriculum to develop his skills in this area. His project, Bay Area Stats, uses D3 to display comprehensive data on salary, housing prices and racial demographics in San Francisco and the surrounding area in a highly intuitive format.

  8. Alumna Combines Artificial Intelligence & Internet of Things Using NASA Software

    In:  General, Hired

    Kate Jenkins, who graduated from Hack Reactor over a year ago, has worked since then on a small but impactful team at Ejenta, using proprietary software Brahms, developed at the NASA Ames Research Center. Originally designed to track and model the biometrics and behavior of astronauts, Ejenta, which has sole use of the software, is using it to make advances in healthcare, defense and robotics. As part of a four-person developer team (in a seven-person company), Jenkins is integral to everything the company does.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.