1. Coding Bootcamps Offer a New Kind of Education

    Can coding bootcamps replace a computer science degree? We say that bootcamps offer a viable, and increasingly popular alternative to the traditional, four-year college route. Coding curriculums give you an edge when it comes to the job market.

  2. Sorry Mr. Gelernter, But Passion For Coding is a Hack Reactor Prerequisite

    Recently, in a controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, “Why I’m Not Looking to Hire  Computer-Science Majors” Daniel Gelernter, CEO of email startup Dittach claimed that he only hires people whom he believes have demonstrated a long-term love of coding. As he says, “people who taught themselves to code in high school and still can’t get enough of it”

  3. 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.

  4. How to Use Momentum from Africa Code Week

    This October, Africa Code Week will embark on an ambitious project: giving 20,000 children across 17 African countries an introduction to coding, October 1-10. Based on a rationale familiar to coding discussions in the U.S., the initiative finds that traditional education systems are not producing Software Engineers at the rate the economy requires. Kickstarting broader coding education today will pay dividends down the road.

  5. Is Computer Science Education Suffering from a Communication Breakdown?

    A recent USA Today article revealed a surprising disconnect between parents and school administrators on the importance of teaching computer science. While parents are near unanimous on the importance of computer science education, school principals are not hearing this message--very few of them believe there is much demand from parents for more computer science classes. These findings come from a large study conducted by Gallup and Google.

  6. Why the “Learn to Code” Movement Needs to Focus on Teachers

    The “learn to code” frenzy is at a fever pitch, and that’s a good thing. Not only are our employers asking for far more Software Engineers than our education system currently provides, but coding teaches valuable general skills like problem solving, engineering and even research (the most common answer to a coding issue is “Google it”). The focus in creating a tidal wave of programmers has been on professionals looking to improve their career outlook and bringing computer science to middle and high schools. On this second point, there is a second talent shortage that is critically important to address, but has received relatively little attention: training teachers. Code.org has been leading the charge in filling in this piece of the puzzle.