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The team here at Hack Reactor has big news that we’re happy to share. As you may have heard, we’ve reached an agreement to acquire MakerSquare, pending regulatory review. We couldn’t be more excited! MakerSquare is a leading coding school with campuses in San Francisco and Austin. They are the first school to become part of our “extension school” program, a partnership-based model to allow new or existing schools to leverage the systems and resources that Hack Reactor uses to train software engineers. We’re looking forward to transforming education together through this relationship and helping our programs grow to reach more students and serve the national demand for software engineers.
We know you’ve got questions, and we’re happy to answer them.
Why acquire MakerSquare?
The coding bootcamp space was valued at $59mm in 2014, and will undoubtedly grow. As the demand for quality software engineers continues to rise and Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) become more prevalent, there is an opportunity to create a network of high quality immersive learning programs that share the same focus on student outcomes.
Hack Reactor and MakerSquare share the same vision for the future of education, software engineering and empowering students. It was a natural match to combine the best minds in the industry together.
How will Hack Reactor and MakerSquare be different?
Both schools will have their own instructors, guest speakers, and special events. Hack Reactor and MakerSquare will continue to have their own distinct vibe -- retaining the culture that students have come to know and love. No changes will be made to Hack Reactor or MakerSquare teams as a result of the acquisition.
Students from both schools now have access to an even greater network of hiring partners. Likewise, graduates from both schools can now tap into an even larger alumni network. Hack Reactor graduates can connect with alumni from both MakerSquare’s Austin and San Francisco locations.
Applicants should apply to both schools and go to the one that they personally connect with more. Hack Reactor and MakerSquare both are top academic programs with a focus on student outcomes -- you can't go wrong.
What are Hack Reactor’s goals?
In October, Hack Reactor issued a call for partnership applications for the “extension school” program from individuals and organizations. We will work with interested parties to determine best next steps to meet our goal of creating a network of schools that empower more students to meet market demand for engineers, while maintaining a brand promise of quality education and outcomes.
This marks the start of an amazing journey for both Hack Reactor and MakerSquare...and it’s just the beginning. Stay tuned.