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.
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.