Tag Archive: Hackbright Academy

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    by Angie Chang

    Hackbright Academy Students Develop Mobile App For Android In One Month

    After four weeks of pair programming full-time together, we are inseparable and finishing each others’ sentences.

    By Annie Chang & Louise Fox (Students, Hackbright Academy)

    We shared our passion for dogs and technology by building a website for dogwalkers, inspired by our obsession with our dogs and ensuring proper care while we are away coding. Our site is called “DogLog” and users can log their dogwalks, dogs, and ‘logs’. Obviously, we love crappy puns.

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    by Angie Chang

    Get The Tech Job Without The "Chest-Thumping"

    The founders of coding school Hackbright Academy explain why they went with an all-female format and how it’s working out for graduates.

    By Jessica Stillman (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)

    Startup fever may be raging like never before, but the number of women graduating from computer science programs is actually falling. Christian Fernandez, co-founder of Hackbright Academy, has his suspicions as to what’s to blame from this paradox.

    “It’s purely anecdotal but there are a lot of women who

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    by Angie Chang

    (Infographic) Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women Leaders In Tech

    The goal of Ada Lovelace Day is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Today is Ada Lovelace Day – October 16, 2012 is about blogging and sharing stories of women, from engineers to scientists, from technologists to mathematicians. Who has inspired you?

    Over the last year, a number of technical women

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    by Angie Chang

    Learning To Program Python: Playing With Dictionaries And Markov Chain Generators

    I love the challenges of pair programming — knowing when to stop for direction, when to brazenly code on, and when to take breaks.

    By Annie Chang (Student, Hackbright Academy)

    Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’re almost 20% done with the Hackbright Academy program. I like to think that my glass is 80% full, and I’m looking forward to emerging from my chrysalis as a coder.

    Our homework from last weekend included setting up our GitHub accounts. We learned how to create local repositories, commit, push, and fork!

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    by Angie Chang

    Women On The Verge: Day 1 At Hackbright Academy

    16 of us filed into an office in San Francisco’s Mission District today – among our ranks were physicists, teachers, mech and electrical engineers, sys admins, women fresh out of college, mothers, MIG welders, professors, biologists.

    By Margaret Morris (Student, Hackbright Academy)

    We’re the newest batch of Bene Gesserit Hackbright women, here to learn the entire Python-based dev stack, one layer at a time. We all hail from vastly different backgrounds and found this path through multiple routes, each with our own

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    by Angie Chang

    After 10-Week Python Training Program, Women Engineers Receive Job Offers From Silicon Valley Startups

    Hackbright Academy in San Francisco trains women to be developers.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Andree Brazeau moved to San Francisco from Canada and began teaching herself to code. A year later, she still wasn’t able to find a job as a developer, so she applied for Hackbright Academy. The Python training program was already full, but Andree persisted. Thanks to a last-minute dropout, Andree was admitted to the all-female software training program in June.

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    by Angie Chang

    4 Hacks To Learning To Be A Hacker, "A Python Ate Me!" & More

    Programming is by no means an individual pilgrimage; seeing what others are working on and helping/getting help from others can make learning much more fun and rewarding.

    By Michelle Sun (Student, Hackbright Academy)

    It’s the beginning of Hackbright Academy, working on Python.

    There has been ups and downs, some days (and nights) of pure nightmares, literally (quoting one of my classmates, “I dreamed that a python ate me last night”!), and some days of awesome state of “flow”, when hours seem to fly by and lots get done.

    I begin to realize I am approaching this 10-week course less as a syntax crash course, more of a training of the mind. Many hackers eventually build in other languages, but mastering

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    by Angie Chang

    A Beginner’s Survival Guide For Your First Hackathon

    Done is better than perfect. No matter for learning or winning, aim to finish.

    By Michelle Sun (Student, Hackbright Academy)

    Last weekend, I attended my first ever hackathon and with minimal expectation, had a blast out of it and learned loads. My team did not win, nor did most of us slept at the event, but we got a lot out of it.

    The hackathon, DevelopHer, was organized by LinkedIn, claimed to be the first women-only hackathon. The schedule was well thought out with a few sessions that made the hackathon really fun.

    Aside from yoga and cupcakes, I believe there were a few things I am glad to have (or would have) done that made my experience worthwhile:

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    by Angie Chang

    Debugging The Problem Of Women In Tech

    The fact that computer science is ill-suited in preparing new engineers to enter the workforce opened the door for so-called ‘hacker academies’ to pick up the slack.

    By Christian Fernandez (Co-Organizer, Hackbright Academy)

    As I had grown into the role of technical lead in an engineering organization, I found that I spent significantly less time programming, and more time debugging other people’s problems. Oddly enough, this doesn’t involve protracted hours poring over code; most of the time problems can be solved by having someone ask the obvious questions. Here’s an example.

    Engineeer: We have a problem! The server won’t talk to the database! I tried rolling back to an older API and everything!
    Me: Is the database machine up?