1. Alumni's 'MarkoYolo' App Wins Yo Hackathon

    Mike Luby, attended a Yo hackathon over the weekend, and won the prize for most fun app with their game MarkoYoloYo, an app that does no more than allow users to send the word “Yo” to each other (with the option of attaching a link or location data), brought a lot of confusion when it was first released last April Fool’s Day, but it has proven to be popular, drawing tens of thousands of users and millions in investment money. Over the weekend, Yo invited developers to their headquarters in San Francisco to build products with the Yo API.

  2. Firebase, a Popular API with Students and Developers, Acquired by Google

    Firebase, an API that facilitates real-time interactions between clients and a server, was purchased by Google this week. Firebase, which is very popular in social network, gaming development, and other areas where real-time interaction is crucial to user experience, has a good relationship with Hack Reactor. One Firebase developer, Joey Yang, is a Hack Reactor graduate, and has come back to the school multiple times to make presentations on using Firebase. Firebase participated in the newbie-friendly hackathon #neoHack14, which Hack Reactor hosted, and students often use the powerful API in their apps, including one that created a social network around exchanging Disneyland Fastpasses.

  3. Hack Reactor Hosts #neoHack14, a Newbie-Friendly Hackathon by Girl Develop It

    Hack Reactor hosted the #neoHack14 hackathon by Girl Develop It SF over the weekend. Girl Develop It provides classes and resources for beginner to intermediate coders to help them tackle the most confusing and intimidating aspects of software development. Over a hundred people, roughly 95% women, participated in this free, newbie-friendly, collaborative event to build and support the coding community.

  4. Student Team Wins Awards from Twitter and Nexmo at APICon Hackathon

    The first annual APICon, put on by Programmable Web, took place in downtown San Francisco, and one team of Hack Reactor students won the award for best use of API from Twitter and Nexmo at an all-night hackathon. In addition to those two, a slew of major tech companies were represented, including Google, FourSquare, PayPal and Netflix.