1. Top 5 Presentations: Bitcoin, Coding Best Practices and More

    The Hack Reactor community extends from its students and alumni to friends and partners in the developer world. Many of these people have given talks at Hack Reactor on topics ranging from coding best practices to bitcoin and smart contracts. While some of our favorite videos are below, there are many more on our YouTube channel. Experienced coders can peruse the many Lightning Talks to get tips and explanations of specific tools and technologies, and those who are newer to programming can get a sense of the industry from a number of our Thunder Talks.

  2. Student Team Builds JavaScript Battle: A Game for Artificial Intelligence Aficionados and Newbies

    While it’s easier than ever for lay people to learn the basics of coding through online programs like codecademy, the bar for artificial intelligence programming is still prohibitively high for most people. That’s what motivated a team of Hack Reactor students, led by Greg Trowbridge, to build JS Battle, an artificial intelligence game that welcomes newbies to the field, but is engaging for experienced AI coders. The project topped the popular news aggregator Hacker News on the first day of its release.