1. LifeHacker, Product Hunt Highlight Pawprint, Alumna’s Pet Medical Records Startup

    As a dog owner, Emily Dong was well aware of what a pain pet records are, and as a developer with an entrepreneurial spirit, she was inclined to solve problems. After graduating from Hack Reactor and completing the school apprenticeship program, Dong started working on her startup, Pawprint, to digitize pet medical records. A year later, Pawprint, with only a CEO (Dong), a CTO and a part-time support staff member, has worked with with 1,500 veterinary offices.

  2. Grad of First Hack Reactor Class Selected as Code for America Fellow

    After spending three years as professional software engineer, a graduate of Hack Reactor’s first-ever cohort will spend 2016 using his skills to improve life in a major American city. Mark Rossetti was selected as a Code for America fellow, and will spend the next year working with two other fellows to create public services within their assigned city, or to improve access to existing programs.

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

    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.

  4. Speaking in Code: Student Siblings Discuss Hacking Together

    Since Tony and Marcus Phillips cofounded Hack Reactor, many sibling pairs have followed in their footsteps. Often students talk up the school to their families, and it’s not uncommon for students’ siblings to apply after hearing about the program. The younger of these pairs has the benefit of an extra friend and mentor who knows what they are going through, not to mention a great hacking partner.

  5. Grads Celebrate Launch of New York City Alumni Chapter

    As our alumni network grows, we have more and more graduates working outside of the Bay Area. Recently, we officially launched a New York City chapter of our alumni program: HRX NYC. To kick off the chapter, our Alumni Director Mike Adams flew out to New York to gather all our Big Apple-based grads.

  6. Alum Builds Lightweight CSS Framework for Prototyping & Hackathons

    Alum Alexander Gugel, currently working for Famo.us at their new location in Amsterdam, wanted a simple library that covered the needs of most basic CSS projects. Finding flaws in the available options, he made his own, and so Papier was born. CSS, a language used to provide color and style to the various elements of a webpage, is used by beginning programmers and expert web designers. Papier covers CSS’ most frequently used functions, such as styling buttons, changing typography and altering charts and tables.

  7. Alum Key Engineer on Healthcare.gov Project

    After the very public failure of healthcare.gov, the website through which people were to select and purchase health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”), a team of twelve software specialists was brought into fix the site. This included Christian Monaghan, who graduated Hack Reactor a year ago, and has been working as an independent contractor, principally for the U.S. government, since then. Monaghan gave an enlightening talk at the school on why healthcare.gov initially failed, and what he and his team did to fix it.