1. 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.

  2. Why the “Learn to Code” Movement Needs to Focus on Teachers

    The “learn to code” frenzy is at a fever pitch, and that’s a good thing. Not only are our employers asking for far more Software Engineers than our education system currently provides, but coding teaches valuable general skills like problem solving, engineering and even research (the most common answer to a coding issue is “Google it”). The focus in creating a tidal wave of programmers has been on professionals looking to improve their career outlook and bringing computer science to middle and high schools. On this second point, there is a second talent shortage that is critically important to address, but has received relatively little attention: training teachers. Code.org has been leading the charge in filling in this piece of the puzzle.

  3. Apple TV Shows That Hardware is Turning Soft

    From the headlines coming out of Apple’s big announcement day, it would be easy to think that today was about hardware: iPad Pro, Apple TV, new iPhones and the Apple Pencil. Scratch the surface, however, and what’s really being offered here are platforms. The iPad and iPhone have long been defined more by the apps they support than their native functions, and AppleTV is the latest and biggest step toward unleashing the power of software into the television experience.

  4. Cofounder Shawn Drost Discusses Initiative to Teach Prisoners to Code at Planet Labs Colloquium

    Planet Labs, a company focused on high-resolution satellite imagery for environmental, humanitarian and business-related causes, invited Hack Reactor Cofounder Shawn Drost to give a colloquium on Code.7370, our program to teach inmates at San Quentin State Prison to code. Drost discussed how the initiative operates, some of the unique challenges of working in a prison, and how he hopes to see the program expand going forward.

  5. 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.

  6. Hack Reactor and Optimizely Announce Winners of I/Own It Scholarship for Women in Tech

    Hack Reactor and Optimizely, the leading experience optimization platform for A/B testing and personalization, are excited to announce the winners of our joint scholarship for women, which covers the cost of tuition at Hack Reactor and promises an internship with mentorship at Optimizely at the end of the program. While the scholarship program, I/Own It, was initially intended to have just one winner, the interest was overwhelming with over 200 applicants from around the world, and the program was expanded to include two half-scholarships. Read more about the background for I/Own It on Optimizely’s blog. The winner, Jessica Chong, and the finalists, Haley Bash and Amy Chiu, have all been accepted into Hack Reactor through our standard application process.

  7. Student Outcomes Director Talks Tech Industry at National Youth Leadership Forum Panel

    Blake Williams, our Director of Student Outcomes, spends his time at Hack Reactor helping graduating students get jobs that best fit their skills and personalities, but recently he spent some time with a different type of student. He spoke to high schoolers from across the country interested in becoming professional coders as a guest on the Next Steps panel at the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF):Technology and Innovation. This was part of a week-long immersive experience in getting to know the technology industry, put on by the NYLF, which included Hack Reactor as a leading member of the increasingly important coding school space. As the member of our team responsible for ensuring our outcome rates of 99% placed within three months at an average starting salary of $105,000, Williams is an expert on the technology jobs landscape. He was joined on the panels with executives from Draper University, 500 Startups, Dev Bootcamp and Vungle.

  8. How Can You Go From Intern to CTO? Cofounder Shawn Drost Explains at Hirepalooza

    Cofounder Shawn Drost spoke at the career and networking conference Hirepalooza on a panel titled How to Go From Intern to CTO. Hirepalooza is a staple event put on by DevNetwork and is San Francisco’s largest hiring event. Drost, joined by Galvanize VP of Academic Excellence Jonathan Dinu, Bitcasa’s Head of Human Resources Alina Steinberg Baugh, and Zendesk’s Engineering Director Jason Smale, spoke about how to fast-track one’s career as a developer.

  9. Hack Reactor Hosts High School Coding Group hackEdu

    As of this month, Hack Reactor is hosting hackEDU, an organization that supports high school coding clubs, on an ongoing basis. HackEDU, started by Zach Latta and Jonathan Leung, is less than a year old, but has already accomplished an impressive amount. After a trial run last Spring, the organization ramped up, and is now working with over 30 high school coding organizations. HackEDU connects these clubs with a growing set of resources and a support network.

  10. From Data Entry to Google Cloud Leader: Greg Wilson Explains Art of Career Pivot

    Greg Wilson, Head of Developer Advocacy of Google Cloud Platform, gave a talk at Hack Reactor last week to students and alumni on education, technology and the life of a developer. Wilson discussed his own career path from low-level data entry to Google, continually touching on the theme of recognizing pivot points when the technological landscape or one’s own passions indicate that it’s time to make a change.