Hacking your way to San Francisco

Written by RMIT Computer Science and Information Technology

Intrepid CSIT student Rey Takeshima recently returned from The Hacker Exchange (HEX) in San Francisco.

The program allowed a group of RMIT students to network with Silicon Valley's top makers and influencers, including "big tech" of GoogleLinkedInAtlassian and Zendesk.

Well done to all the students who got to go on the trip and here's Rey Takeshima with more about his experience:

Hacker Exchange (HEX) was:
Life in the fast lane. Despite the current political climate, San Francisco still presses on, with verve and hustle.

Seeing the world of the networking effect. People are welcoming - they introduce people to people to people (us Aussies are a little more reserved, so this was very refreshing).

Curious conversations with makers and influencers - the big tech of Google, LinkedIn, Atlassian, Zendesk. Also, there were tech startups, VCs, and accelerators: like 500 StartUp and the amazing Guy Kawasaki (Chief Evangelist of Canva and one of the originals at Apple), to name a few.

At the same time, SF was a demystifying experience: the rose-tinted glasses were pulled off. SF is a real place with real people! They work hard, but they’re only human. It validated my aspirations to try and find a job there.
And of course, an experience that brought our gaggle of exchangees together very closely, with lasting personal and professional friendships.

For my CSIT peers: your chances for getting a job in San Francisco are better than you think.

There are really only two things you need - a purposeful trajectory for your career, and a technical skill you’re good at. If you don’t have those two things yet, then you’re in the same boat as me, and still figuring things out. What SF gave me was some help with that.

My 2017 mission: I now define this year as my chance to get there.

Rey Takeshima is an RMIT Computer Science & IT student and a creative & curious UX/CXer unicorn-in-training currently hacking his way to San Francisco

Read more about the trip at Business Insider 

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Applications for the 2017 June Hacker Exchange close 31st March