Confessions of a $20K bootcamp graduate. (Hack Reactor)
NoriMaki Arare

Die-hard supporters of Hack Reactor and even Hack Reactor itself will probably concede the real value of the education there isn’t the instruction per se but the chance to work with motivated and talented peers in a collaborative environment.

But one then needs to ask whether it’s worth $20,000 to buy 12 weeks of coding friends.

Hack Reactor answered that question rather convincingly when it began its remote program. The existence of that remote program is a devastating admission that the value of peer interaction is overstated. Having a sprint partner online and interacting with classmates through a web portal is not the same as being with them in a physical room. So the answer is: NO, it’s not worth $20,000 to buy coding friends for three months.

Udacity’s UConnect program is already aiming to give some traditonal classroom experience for its online learners. For $99 a month, you can meet with an Udacity advisor and other students in your cohort in-person in three cities.

Perhaps someone should start a self-learning meetup group where…

- To join, you must show an acceptance email from Hack Reactor (or similar bootcamp) 
- Agree to hack 12 hours a day for three months 
- Agree to learn from several Javascript-centric courses from Udemy, Coursera and Udacity 
- Agree to pool resources to hire a tech career counselor

Is this not roughly Hack Reactor at a 95% discount?

I don’t doubt Hack Reactor graduates do well in the workforce. But I wonder if it’s because its students were already motivated and knowledgeable enough in the first place to have achieved similar results without having to go to a bootcamp.

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