1. Alumni Diversity Leaders Start Group for Women & Non-binary Coding Bootcamp Grads

    Women and non-binary gendered alumni of coding bootcamps now have a way to connect with others like them, thanks to four Hack Reactor alumni. Underrepresented && Nontraditional, started by alumni Kate JeffersonKatrina UychacoJammie Mountz and Sarah Yu, aims to create a platform for this community, and provides career services and continuing education. The group is open to all gender-diverse coding bootcamp grads (not just those in the Reactor Core network). Hack Reactor hosted the Underrepresented && Nontraditional hackathon for engineers to finish up their pet projects before the year ends.

  2. Large Hack Reactor Presence Among Top 18 Front-End Female Engineers

    RecruitLoop, which matches engineers and companies that want to hire them, produced a list of their top 50 female front-end software engineers in San Francisco, and the results validate what we see in our program on a day-to-day basis. Four of the 50 are Hack Reactor alumni, and one other worked as a Technical Mentor in our Remote Beta program. Inc interviewed 18 of these 50, including three from Hack Reactor on how they got where they are in their coding careers. These are some of the many incredibly talented women who have been through our program, and it’s very gratifying to see them recognized for their achievements and abilities.

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

    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.

  4. San Leandro High School Launches Hack Club with Hack Reactor’s Help

    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.