Learn proper React architecture and practices, in only 15 minutes.

My name is Emily Yu, and I’m a Coach at Major League Hacking. Like you, I’ve been attending Zoom University, and keeping track of all the deadlines and small tasks has left me in the dust. Through React, we’ll spin up a front-end interface to set a countdown to keep track of everything on a modifiable list of tasks.

Before we get started, feel free to reference the source code if you get stuck, which is located at https://github.com/emily-yu/mongo-scheduler.

Getting Started with React

create-react-app is an easy way to get started with React.js, as it sets up all the small nuances to create a…


How college makes students reconsider their love of programming

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I’ve heard this phrase too many times since coming into college, and I can’t help but feel as though there is a great deal of stigma towards people trying to discover their passion.

I am currently in my first semester as a college freshman at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, and I am an Asian person studying computer science. I enjoy attending hackathons — not for the Soylent, not for the free food, but simply to learn. My computer desktop is littered with cloned GitHub repositories, and my CPU constantly jacked by unclosed Terminal windows, Sublime Text files…


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How to approach the coding interview and leave with a fresh excitement to continue your job search.

I have never been great with dealing with pressure or being put on the spot, and taking a technical interview was precisely that. Doubting my abilities was second nature to me, and I preferred to familiarize myself with new technologies before using them for any hackathon. I would shy away from HackerRank preliminary stages while applying for jobs, too afraid to take them in fear that it would be a waste of the interviewer and my own time.

After being offered guaranteed interviews at Intuit from SLO Hacks, I followed a similar pattern, ending up so scared that I wanted…


As told by the second youngest attendee of the 2017 Riot Games’ Hackathon

A common phrase said by players pre-game, GLHF, is emblazoned on Riot HQ’s wall

It’s been almost three months since 50-ish other attendees from around the world and myself were selected to attend the Riot Games Hackathon. I applied on a whim, thinking it would be cool to make something, like any other hackathon. Little did I know, this experience would become one of the highlights of my 2017 year.

I had never been to a local hackathon alone before, let alone one in Los Angeles. …


A high school junior’s journey from Google Drive for git to coding addiction

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Approximately 365 days ago, I sat around thinking, “How can I get better at programming? How can I learn more? How do I learn?” Growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, I saw people who were building mind-blowing projects, and I wanted to be able to do that too.

And that 365th day ago, I read up on many articles on the #100DaysOfCode challenge, where people committed to coding for an hour a day, every day, for 100 days. Naturally, I was amazed — where did…


For the past year, I’ve been organizing an international hackathon called PalyHacks, where I served as the lead organizer and sponsorship director. It has certainly been a wild ride. Recently, we successfully concluded our second and final round, where finalists from China competed with local Bay Area students. For more information about the event, feel free to check out our article here.

When I first got in touch with Ms. Sherry Xie, Senior Business Development Manager at WeChat, about the prospect of partnering with PalyHacks, she was ecstatic. To her, “[because] more and more people are starting to code at…


Students from China and the Bay Area came to participate in Palo Alto High School’s first hackathon, partnered with WeChat, Palo Alto High
School, City of Palo Alto, and various firms in the Silicon
Valley. Two preliminary hackathons were held: one for students in California, and another for the finalists of a partnership hackathon in China called “Program the Future.”

We began by hosting the California preliminary round in Palo Alto High School, on March 24 and 25th of 2017, attracting students from various schools in the Bay Area such as Bellarmine College Preparatory, Gunn High School, and Monta Vista…

Emily Yu

just doing my own thing. cs@NYU, logistics@hackNYU, coach@mlh

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