1. Uber, Telegraph Academy and the Future of Oakland

    News broke last week that Uber will be purchasing a large building in downtown Oakland--the historic “Old Sears” building--marking the most significant move of the technology sector into the San Francisco area’s East Bay. With Silicon Valley and San Francisco becoming saturated with tech companies, the East Bay, particularly Oakland, has long been eyed as an inevitable area of expansion for tech companies. The general sentiment in Oakland has been a mix of excitement and trepidation. In part due to the tech boom, San Francisco is now one of the most expensive places in the world to live and there is a justified fear that low-to-middle income residents of Oakland will eventually be pushed out. TechCrunch’s Kim-Mai Cutler (@kimmaicutler) articulated many of these feelings in an article titled, Oakland to Tech: Please Don’t Screw This Up Like Last Time.

  2. Hack Reactor Opens Telegraph Academy, Coding School Focused on Closing Tech Diversity Gap

    Hack Reactor has announced the founding of a unique school: Telegraph Academy, a mission-driven, immersive coding program for people of color. Founded by Hack Reactor alumni and instructors Bianca Gandolfo and Albrey Brown, Telegraph Academy will create pathways into tech for communities that have been underrepresented in the industry. Through financing options and prep courses, this school will be accessible to motivated people, regardless of experience or financial situation. Telegraph Academy is located in Berkeley, CA, with plans to cross the border into Oakland early next year. The first cohort of its three-month course starts June 29, and the school is currently accepting applications.