1. New Study Shows Coding School Grads Do Well, Hack Reactor Grads Do Better

    What can a coding school student expect from their education? Course Report, which collects and reports data on the coding bootcamp industry, interviewed hundreds of graduates across 44 coding schools, including Hack Reactor, in an attempt to get a broad view of the industry. Alice Truong (@alicetruong) at Quartz translated this data into a series of easy-to-read charts. Here are some key stats, along with breakdowns of how Hack Reactor compares.

  2. Why YOU Should Be Obsessed with Outcomes Data

    The most impressive element and biggest appeal of many coding bootcamps is their outcomes data, specifically hiring rates and average starting salary. While the culture and reputation of our schools are very important factors, the ultimate reason many students attend is that our programs offer radical career acceleration in a short timeframe. That’s why outcomes data has been a fundamental metric of our success since we started.

  3. Public School Coding Programs Should Tap into Coding Bootcamp Success

    It seems like everyday now, there is news of a new plan to introduce Computer Science classes into public schools somewhere in the world. New York City recently announced that such classes would be in all of its public schools in 10 years’ time. Only a few days later, Australia said that the entire country planned to teach coding starting at Year 5. Related initiatives have also been announced in other places as well including San FranciscoChicago, and the UK among others. 

  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. College: What Are Students Paying For?

    What is the real value of higher education? That’s the question asked by a thoughtful article by John Cassidy in a recent issue of The New Yorker. Cassidy notes that for decades, politicians have focused on higher education as a near-guarantee to a good job and a growing salary. In today’s economy, however, the picture is more nuanced and less rosy. College, once tasked primarily with creating well-rounded citizens, has had an awkward transition to a world with global competition where employers often care more about specific skills than general cultivation. As we rethink education for the next century, two thoughts come to mind: first, we could do a better job teasing apart general education from skills-based education, and second, skills education needs to have a strong focus on outcomes (and the accurate reporting of them). Outcomes, a central focus of Hack Reactor’s educational model, will help students, parents and employers understand what they are paying for and why.

  6. New COO Roger Piskulick Leverages Finance Background to Impact Education Sector

    With an eye toward increasing prominence in the tech education landscape, Hack Reactor has appointed Roger Piskulick to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Piskulick has a long history of executive experience with leading education companies, such as Blackboard, GlobalEnglish and the Apollo Education Group. As COO, he will see to Hack Reactor’s efficient, responsible growth, as we continue to be a defining force in the coding school space.

  7. Vote Hack Reactor, MakerSquare & Telegraph Academy Into SXSWedu

    The Hack Reactor network is returning to SXSWedu, the education-focused branch of the massive culture and technology conference, South by Southwest. To bring our thought leaders and their ideas to this meeting of the minds, we will need your votes. Please take a few seconds to vote for each of our panels on SXSW’s competitive PanelPicker system (see below for voting instructions):

    Hacking the Racial Divide: Technology Education

    The Rise of Coding Schools: Changing the Landscape

  8. SXSWedu 2015 Recap: Top 5 Quotes On the EdTech Movement

    SXSWedu, the education-focused branch of the popular South by Southwest conference, had its fifth iteration, and Hack Reactor joined in with talks, panels and meetups. Partner school MakerSquare, which has a school in SXSWedu’s host city Austin, was quite active as well.

    The week-long event provided an excellent opportunity to connect with some of the most forward-thinking minds in education today. Here are 5 top quotes from our SXSWedu experience.