Vote Hack Reactor, MakerSquare & Telegraph Academy Into SXSWedu

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

Albrey Brown cofounded our partner school Telegraph Academy to solve one of the tech industry’s most glaring problems: lack of minority representation. While much has been written about this issue, Telegraph Academy is tackling this problem directly by training underrepresented people of color in the most in-demand technologies. By providing an on-ramp course, Telegraph Prep, and available financing for admitted students, Telegraph Academy creates a pathway for motivated people to gain entry into the workforce and grow a diverse community of  people in tech.

Brown’s talk will delve into the consequences of under-representation at both the corporate and community level, and discuss how mission-driven coding schools can help alleviate this problem.


Watch Brown discuss Telegraph Academy on MSNBC:

Also up for consideration and in need of your votes is a panel on the increasingly prominent coding school educational model, featuring Founder of partner school MakerSquare Harsh Patel, Hack Reactor Team Counselor Pamela Greenberg, MakerSquare Instructor Jeff Wolinsky and Hackbright Director of Fellowship Education Joel Burton.

These four will demystify coding schools, giving the details on how the top programs consistently turn driven students into full-stack Software Engineers, capable of filling important roles at tech companies large and small.


To vote for Hacking the Racial Divide: Technology Education and The Rise of Coding Schools: Changing the Landscape, follow these steps:

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Thank you! Your participation will help us bring our outcome-focused, student-empowering mentality to the wider conversation on education.

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