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. Remote Beta Students Mentored by Uber Engineers at Weeklong Hackathon

    Uber teamed up with our Remote Beta team to host an online hackathon for students and alumni of the program. The five-day sprint included mentorship from Uber’s engineers, a talk from the CTO of the fascinating agricultural drone company HoneyComb Corporation, and teams of up to five working together to build apps with the Uber API. The winning team has been invited to tour Uber’s offices in San Francisco.

  3. 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.