More Questions Answered on Hack University


Nope, We're not a code school

Hack Oregon courses are not meant to be an end-to-end bootcamp, but are more like a challenging "finishing school" with a focus on specializations. The best way to think of these courses would be like a supercharged job-readiness track to go from feeling like a beginner to being ready work as a professional with real-world, high level project experience.   

You'll also be part of the Hack Oregon family, which means a network of friends, professionals, and companies who are all connected by a commitment to open data and civic innovation.


What's the deal with Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced options? 

As data becomes a part of the fabric of our daily lives, learning about code, design, and systems thinking for technology is relevant for everyone.  We encourage our community to learn about disciplines that are challenging and new to them, and push deeper into experimental territory in those areas they feel they know well.

At Hack University, it's normal to meet an art director in a coding class coding class, and a CTO in a Design Thinking class.  

And advanced class designation is typically meant to indicate that students should be prepared to walk into a production environment on day one, with a greater emphasis on "learning and doing" simultaneously.



For the past two years, Hack Oregon has been breaking the mold on what people expect from data and communities.  

For the upcoming season, as we're standardizing a set of technology tools and strategic approaches to streamline our experience, we have the opportunity to open up our process and teach what we do. The skills we're sharing are not limited to Hack Oregon projects,  although our work provides an incredibly rich atmosphere for learning all kinds of skills that relate to the complex world of data and storytelling. Because Hack Oregon has the flexibility to experiment with large teams at scale, we're able to place juniors in positions with more creative control--- and an incubated environment to feel confident exploring and commanding new skills . 



Each course is 6 instructional hours per week, meeting twice per week on evenings or weekends, and is designed to fit into a busy professional lifestyle.  

You can get a positive experience from the course with minimal outside learning, especially if you come in with some experience on the subject.  Because the class time is all interactive and project based, there wont be time for screen casts during weekly meetings, but students will be provided with a range of suggested material that can fit your availability and ambitions.  



Courses range from $250 - $850 and are meant to be modular and affordable, so that you can take one or multiple depending on your commitment and availability. All proceeds go to support the Hack Oregon project work and ensure the independence and free treatment of our data.  



Hack Oregon project work is staying much the same and it will always be free to volunteer.  We're designing these courses as a supplemental option because we feel like it would be really cool to offer a more guided space to learn, because we know that projects can be highly challenging and move quickly. Sometimes a mentor relationship isn't enough during an intense production environment.

Also, each project can only accept one junior per role, and we're excited that Hack University courses will allow us to sandbox the material and share our "junior" experience with more people.  

If you want to volunteer on a Hack Oregon team project, you will need to apply separately and you can find an application here.