1. Alum Adds Surveyor-Tracking Functionality to SolarCity App

    Alum Pieter de Jong started a job at the solar energy company SolarCity in June 2014, shortly after completing Hack Reactor’s apprenticeship program. As solar power steadily grows in popularity, SolarCity is working to improve the user experience by adding features to the company’s customer-facing app, MySolarCity. De Jong built a new feature, called “Time Of Arrival” in the app that allows customers to track technicians as they drive toward the customer’s house.

  2. Viral Graph of Github Repositories Shows the Rise of JavaScript Since 2008

    In creating the school, Hack Reactor's founders had to make key decisions that would define the institution going forward. One of the most essential was which programming language to teach. At the time, there was one fairly obvious choice: Ruby. Ruby had been the dominant language of the last ten years. That’s why it turned a few heads when Hack Reactor decided to focus on JavaScript.

  3. Charitable Student Project Facilitates Gifts to Children in Need

    Three Hack Reactor students took on a project that allowed them to build a project from scratch for a client while doing some good for the world. The city of San Mateo, just south of San Francisco, runs a gift registry for children in need through their Human Services Agency. The registry regularly has around 300 children, and swells to 3,000 during the winter holidays. What it lacked was an efficient way to run the registry.

  4. Student’s Advice to Anyone on the Fence about Applying to Hack Reactor: Just Go For It

    Austen Talbot made a decision in 2013 to take his technical skills to the next level. He got started with extensive self-study. Like many before him, he found that, “these tools [to learn programming] exist in abundance for beginners, but slowly thin out until you’re left without much direction as an intermediate user.” He took on coding projects where he could, but it wasn't bringing him to the expertise he wanted.

  5. 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.

  6. Four Scholarships Available for Hack Reactor Remote Beta, Apply by June 24!

    Hack Reactor is announcing an exciting new program: Remote Beta. Students who can’t or don’t want to travel to the San Francisco area for the July 21 cohort will be able to participate in Hack Reactor remotely. Hack Reactor prides itself on the individual attention students are given, from our iterative lectures to the one-on-one support provided while students are beginning their job search. Hack Reactor Remote Beta brings that same personalized experience. Remote students will work with instructors to resolve points of confusion and decipher underlying concepts. During the job search process, remote students will get the same one-on-one resume assistance, mock interview training and help negotiating multiple job offers.

  7. Hack Reactor Students Get Set up With Bower & Polymer

    This introductory workshop took Hack Reactor students and guests through building a Polymer Element. Polymer is "a library that uses the latest web technologies to let you create custom HTML elements" The idea is to build a variety of familiar things, from buttons to complete applications. Then you can reuse those elements you build--even on mobile.