MakerSquare is now Hack Reactor

As of 11/1/16, Hack Reactor has unified its network of schools, including MakerSquare and Telegraph Academy, under the Hack Reactor brand.

Subject to regulatory approval, MakerSquare's network of schools are rebranded as Hack Reactor Austin, Hack Reactor Los Angeles, Hack Reactor San Francisco and Hack Reactor New York City.

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MakerSquare

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MakerSquare is a 12-week immersive career accelerator program in Austin and San Francisco that aims to turn ambitious beginners looking to learn computer programming into marketable software engineers. MakerSquare's curriculum focuses solely on JavaScript with a large focus on software engineering fundamentals. NodeJS, Angular, Meteor and Express are just a few of the libraries, frameworks and platforms students work with. Additionally, throughout the program, Make...

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  • Dan
    Full Stack Software Engineer • Student • Los Angeles
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    Jan 13, 2017
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    Got me a 100K job - I'm happy with it

    I was a student in LA back in Jan 2016-March 2016. I graduated with a $95k base salary with benefits that exceed $120k (like paid lunches, ubers to and from work, health+vision+dental, bonuses + monthly paid out profit sharing of $1000 [untaxed] per month). So if you're questioning whether it works or not, it definitely works from my perspective. I was nervous at first when taking the dive - afterall $17-18k is a lot to trust in a school that is less than a decade old. But that's a better ...

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  • Jon Lee
    Front End Engineer • Graduate • JavaScript Full-Stack Immersive • Los Angeles
    Jun 15, 2020
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    Front End Engineer

    Spring 2016, MKSLA. 

    NOTE: MKS later became part of Hack Reactor. Your experience w/ HR will likely be much different in terms of curriculum. 

    My time at Makersquare was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've done. The reviews aren't kidding that the program was 6 days/week, 11 hrs / day. Often students put in 6-7 days/week and 11+ hours a day. I know I did. 

    The program really teaches you the fundamentals of JS and relevant modern technologies (ex. Re...
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  • Davis Martin
    UI Engineer • Student • Austin
    Jul 29, 2016
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    Well Worth it

    I was in the 3rd Cohort at MakerSquare back when they still taught Ruby on Rails and JS.  The main thing I can say is it is well worth it in terms of value.  Learned everything I needed to to get a job at a company I had always dreamed of working at.  As far as the job placement / interview process it was definitely rough at times during the tech interview part, but overall not that much worse then when I first got out of College with my batchelor's degree.   Also I am sure their connectio...

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  • Brian Boyko
    Software Development Engineer in Test • Graduate • JavaScript Full-Stack Immersive • Austin
    Jul 28, 2016
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    I consider MakerSquare to be a transformative experience.

    My name is Brian Boyko - you can reach me at brian.boyko@gmail.com, so you know I'm a real person, real student, real everything. 

    I'm going to give an unqualified, enthusiastic recommendation for MakerSquare. 

    But, you have to come into MakerSquare with the attitude that you are there to learn.  You will be coached and pushed along by your peers and your instructors, but you only get out of the course what you put into it.  

    And yes, you do need to *actually ...

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  • SOMEONE IMPORTANT
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    Jul 27, 2016
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    A+ would bootcamp again

    I recently graduated from MakerSquare and received employment about 1.5 months after. More than just the curriculum, which was excelllent, the big thing I noticed about MakerSquare was that the instructors all care about the students and help in any way they can. They know that bootcamps are stressful and they offer any support they can. 

    If you're willing to put in the time it's definitely worth it. That Ricky Walker sure is a dreamboat. 

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  • Bryan Buitrago
    MakerPrep • New York City
    Jul 11, 2016
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    Outstanding!

    This Review is about the initial phaze of getting into the Fullstack Immersive program in NYC.

    I recently just started the process of getting into Makersquare Fullstack Immersive program in NYC. I was really impressed with the clarity of the steps, and the resources available to bring you up to par with what starting the program requires. They, not only provide you with the guide that you need, but also provide free workshops, so you that you can get a feeling of what the program...

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  • Anonymous
    Developer • JavaScript Full-Stack Immersive • Los Angeles
    May 18, 2016
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    Not easy, but worth it

    Great experience, even though I had to drive almost 2 hours every day it was worth being around an awesome group. The people are the difference here. The curriculum was challenging, but the staff, especially the fellows, were supportive and helped get me get through technical and non-technical challenges. The job support after graduation was effective, I had my first offer after 4 weeks. My suggestion to job seekers is to not apply to their first choice positions at the beginning of the se...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • JavaScript Full-Stack Immersive • Austin
    May 15, 2016
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    It works!

    Makersquare is hands down one of the best experiences I've ever had. The awesome community built upon an already awesome community is what makes this bootcamp so special. From the initial moment you see your classmates faces on day one, you know you're in for a unforgettable ride. Furthermore, the instructors and staff are genuinely excited to meet you and assist you on your path to a software engineer.

    But to describe Makersquare in a few words, it's almost like an intricate and...

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  • Daniel Sato
    Front-End Engineer • Graduate • JavaScript Full-Stack Immersive • Austin
    May 14, 2016
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    Best decision I ever made!

    My experience with MakerSquare was enormously positive, and I'd recommend it to anyone with a genuine commitment to pursuing software engineering as a career. I was reasonably well-established in my previous career in sales before attending MakerSquare, and I'd like to think I did my due-diligence in terms of researching outcomes and comparison-shopping with similar programs - I even went all the way through the admissions process with one of the others. I chose MakerSquare because it se...
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  • Grant Redfearn
    Software Developer • Graduate • JavaScript Full-Stack Immersive • Austin
    May 04, 2016
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    Best career move I've ever made

    I'd like to preface this review with this: If you are not ready to work and give a school 110%, MakerSquare might not be the place for you. Though it is only 3 months, It definitely takes a lot out of you. But what you get in return is much more than I could have ever imagined. 

    The staff was amazing. So many resources there to help you in constructive ways. Instead of giving flat answers, they worked with you until you would came up with the correct logic to the puzzle. 

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  • Anonymous
    Web Developer • Graduate • Austin
    Apr 28, 2016
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    Worth It

    As a graduate of MKS27 I had a very good experience overall.  My main purpose in writing this review though is to not rehash all the stuff you've already read about them, but maybe offer some encouragement for a different group that might be considering applying.  

    I think alot of the reviews are coming from the type of person you're likely to see at Makersquare, namely  "unmarried, 20 somethings, that have some college or a less useful college degree".  All in all they are great...

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  • Alexander Navarrete
    Software Engineer • Graduate • JavaScript Full-Stack Immersive • San Francisco
    Apr 26, 2016
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    Student

    I attended MakerSquare as a student from July to October and stayed on as a Fellow until February 2016. Before I start telling you about how the many ways that MakerSquare has changed my life let me preface ALL of this with I came to MakerSquare with no technical background. I studied for a few months before I applied with the resources they suggested.    After reading all of the other reviews of MakerSquare, San Francisco on here I completely agree wit...
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Liz Eggleston
Published November 01, 2016
Have you heard the news? MakerSquare and Telegraph Academy’s network of schools are rebranded as Hack Reactor Austin, Hack Reactor Los Angeles, Hack Reactor San Francisco and Hack Reactor New York City. But what exactly does this mean for MakerSquare and Telegraph Academy alumni, current students, staff, and future students? We asked the Hack Reactor team to answer our questions about how...
Imogen Crispe
Published September 01, 2016
As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who grew up loving computers, Ricardo originally studied civil engineering in case he had to return home to get a job. But after the recession reduced the number of exciting civil engineering jobs available in the US, Ricardo decided to revisit his passion for coding and enroll at MakerSquare in Austin, Texas. Ricardo tells us about why he chose M...
Imogen Crispe
Published August 31, 2016
Welcome to the August 2016 Course Report monthly coding bootcamp news roundup! Each month, we look at all the happenings from the coding bootcamp world from new bootcamps to big fundraising announcements, to interesting trends. This month the biggest news is the Department of Education's EQUIP pilot program to provide federal financial aid to some bootcamp students. Other trends include j...
Imogen Crispe
Published August 02, 2016
Jamie was a software engineer working at companies like eBay and PayPal for 10 years before he followed his passion for teaching and joined MakerSquare Austin in August 2015. He is now Head of Instruction and leads the senior phase of the bootcamp, as well as iterating on the curriculum. Jamie tells us why he fully believes in the bootcamp model, why soft skills and team skills are so impor...
Imogen Crispe
Published July 14, 2016
MakerSquare has just opened in New York; its fourth campus after Austin, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. We spoke to campus managing director, Tyler Lambe, about his background starting another bootcamp, why MakerSquare chose to expand to New York, how the curriculum differs compared with other campuses, and what sort of companies are hiring junior developers in NYC. Q&A How is ...
Liz Eggleston
Published May 14, 2016
Since the first bootcamp acquisition in June 2014, we’ve seen several coding bootcamps get acquired by a range of companies from for-profit education companies (Capella Education), to co-working companies (WeWork), and other coding bootcamps (Thinkful + Bloc)! With rapid market growth in the bootcamp industry, for-profit education companies are taking note. These acquisitions and consolidatio...
Liz Eggleston
Published May 13, 2016
Meet Doa, an alum of MakerSquare’s first cohort in 2013. Three years later, Doa has immersed herself in the New York startup scene, fallen in love with JavaScript, and even hired several coding bootcamp graduates. Doa isn’t your “typical” developer, and she says that’s made all the difference. We talk about what makes a truly successful bootcamp grad, the 12-point checklist every bootcamp...
Imogen Crispe
Published April 11, 2016
MakerSquare and Hack Reactor are two well-reputed, full-time coding bootcamps which teach full stack JavaScript. In January 2015, Hack Reactor acquired MakerSquare, and it became part of the Reactor Core network of schools. While MakerSquare continues to operate independently, the curriculum has changed slightly to better align with the other Reactor Core schools. Because of the overlap in ...
Ravi Parikh
Published March 15, 2016
Have you ever thought about building a technology company using code school graduates as your founding employees or even as a co-founder? It’s tempting since a junior developer from a bootcamp can cost two thirds less than a senior engineer, but can a code school graduate really build what you need at such an early stage? Hiring a junior at the foundational level of your company is a hug...
Liz Eggleston
Published October 05, 2015
  Are you planning on attending a coding bootcamp? Deciding between two bootcamps? We’ve scoured the net for alumni blogs from top coding bootcamps including Fullstack Academy, Dev Bootcamp, The Iron Yard,  Coding Dojo, MakerSquare and Hack Reactor. From a CS major to an event planner, these bootcamp graduates give you a snapshot of what makes each coding school and experience unique.   ...

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