Today, San Francisco-based Hack Reactor announced their acquisition of Austin’s MakerSquare, their first deal in a plan to develop a network of coding bootcamps.
Although MakerSquare has said they won’t replace college education anytime soon, they might be changing their tune a bit.
“The current higher education system does not sufficiently empower and serve people,” says MakerSquare CEO Harsh Patel. “This is a fact on a national and global level. I am confident that by joining Hack Reactor, together, we can make a large dent in transforming the old education system into one that focuses on student outcomes.”
MakerSquare even invites students to live in a Dev House, which they call “off-campus housing.”
Both schools have 12-week programs, and apparently 99% of Hack Reactor graduates get jobs, with an average starting salary of $105,000. Their program is particularly intense, with 11 hours of training for six days a week.
Hack Reactor is calling its strategy of acquiring and partnering with other coding bootcamps an “extension school” program, and I can’t help but call to mind the networks of universities like the University of California. But those networks are mostly limited to state schools; perhaps coding bootcamps will have better luck at working together and improving quality through collaboration.