Celebrate Hackbright Academy’s Winter 2015 graduating class of software engineers at Dinner & Demo Night!

Let’s celebrate! We’re excited to introduce another group of bold, inspiring and brilliant software engineers to the tech world. Join us at Dinner & Demo Night next Tuesday, March 31, 2015, to honor the Winter 2015 cohort’s completion of the 10-week software engineering fellowship and the beginning of their new careers in tech. The night will include food, drinks, good conversation and project demonstrations by the recent graduates. Read about a few of the fellows and the creative projects they will be presenting below! RSVP for … Read More

How to Make Smart Tradeoffs When Developing Software Products

Facebook’s former Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein recently sat down with Femgineer, an education resource for tech professionals, to discuss how to prioritize competing goals when creating products. Technologists want to build products that are friendly, fast, beautiful, reliable, secure, and scalable. But the reality is that time and resources can be limited, and not everything can be rolled out at the same time. What’s an engineer to do? Jocelyn and Femgineer founder Poornima Vijayashanker explain how to strategically choose your priorities. Read More

Hackbright Academy Forms Trade Association with Other Industry Leaders To Set New Education Standards

In support of the White House and President Obama’s TechHire initiative, the New Economy Skills Training Association (NESTA) launched as a new trade organization – a joint partnership between App Academy, Dev Bootcamp, Flatiron School, Galvanize, General Assembly, Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, MakerSquare, Turing School, and Wyncode. NESTA’s mission is to establish best practices, standards, and increase accountability for outcome-based NEST organizations. Their first initiative is a standard outcome reporting methodology across coding schools. (NEST organizations are welcome … Read More

Hackbright Academy Partners with White House to Launch TechHire Initiative

We’re thrilled to announce that Hackbright Academy is officially partnering with the White House for President Obama’s launch of TechHire. The new program is a bold public-private initiative to empower Americans with the technical skills they need through various educational approaches. To kick off TechHire, 20 regions with open technology jobs, and more than 300 employers, are announcing plans to work together to create more tech training opportunities. Hackbright Academy will commit staff technical assistance and travel time to engage with … Read More

Security Engineering Talks Hosted At NCC Group

By Angie Chang (VP Strategic Partnerships, Hackbright Academy) Thanks to NCC Group (home of iSEC Partners and Domain Services) in downtown San Francisco for hosting Hackbright alumnae, students and mentors for an enlightening evening of lightning talks on security engineering! Web Application Security 101 Rachel Engel, security consultant at iSEC Partners, spoke first about breaking into computers for a living. She started out by talking about security in the 1990s, when “everything was written in C” and … Read More

40 Projects in 4 Weeks

At Hackbright Academy, we devote 4 weeks of the Engineering Fellowship to an independent project. Hackbright is proud to present all 40 projects of the Fall 2014 engineering fellowship class of 40 software engineers! By Michelle Lai (Career Services, Hackbright Academy) At Hackbright Academy, we devote 4 weeks of the Engineering Fellowship to an independent project. Independent, as in, each woman is responsible for the inspiration, design, engineering, testing, and presentation of … Read More

Welcome Hackbright Alumna Anna Akullian, Junior Instructor For Hackbright Academy’s New Part-Time Courses!

From “how to detect female-friendliness in a company” to “do the hardest thing” — 12 female software engineers shared their advice on learning to code and becoming a software engineer on the Hackbright Academy blog in 2014! Here’s the “Best of 2014″ roundup Hackbright alumna (class of Fall 2014) Anna Akullian is a Junior Instructor for Hackbright Academy’s part-time courses. Prior to working at Hackbright, she was a teacher, a researcher at Children’s Hospital, … Read More

Engineering At Hulu: Hackbright Alumna Allison Deal Talks Work Culture And Full System Ownership

Hackbright alumna (class of Summer 2013) Allison Deal graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a major in Systems Engineering and minor in Visual Communications. Here is her story.Hackbright alumna Allison Deal (@_shiftseven) graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a major in Systems Engineering and minor in Visual Communications. Allison Deal Hulu Software Engineer I work on the Content Platform team at Hulu. We are responsible for developing … Read More

Four Things We Love To See In A Prospective Hackbright Engineering Fellow

  By Kristen Yarbrough (Admissions, Hackbright Academy) When interviewing potential Hackbright students, we get a few questions pretty regularly. One of the most popular questions (and rightfully so!) is the question: What are you looking for in an applicant? Informally, I tell people we’re looking for spicy ladies who are excited about coding! More formally, we actually look for four pretty specific things in candidates, and we’re happy to share them with you! 1. Mastery of … Read More

5 Tips For Pair Programming With Junior Developers

Many tech teams hired their first junior developers last year. Many more are now considering it, and debating how to go about it. Looking at the community chatter on this topic, it’s clear that onboarding junior devs into a team of mid- and senior-level folks is not a solved problem. Hackbright mentor Sarah Mei has paired with dozens of junior developers over the years. She is a Ruby and JavaScript programmer, and currently Chief Consultant at … Read More