Photo Essay: HackCville’s 2016 San Francisco Startup Trip

During Spring Break, HackCville held its first ever startup trip to San Francisco. More than 20 students toured startups big and small as part of the hugely successful expedition.

During Spring Break, HackCville held its first ever startup trip to San Francisco.  In partnership with Health Unbound, the trip took more than 20 students to startups in the city and surrounding bay area.  The trip included company office tours, talks, meals with U.Va. alumni, and a Wahoowa networking mixer.  Students visited companies such as LinkedIn, Airbnb, Pinterest, Dropbox, Google, Palantir, and many others.

The beautiful office space of Airbnb.
The beautiful office space of Airbnb in San Francisco.



Lots of coffee was consumed to fight the jet lag.



Office corgis were not an uncommon sight.


HackCville member Madhav Sekar was one of four track leaders on the trip. He was responsible for getting students where they needed to be.


Students were able to visit Google, and yes, had time to ride the famous bicycles.


Employees of SocialCode, one of the numerous companies on the trip itinerary, analyze digital insights for the world’s largest brands.


Students also had time to talk with U.Va. alumni who all made successful transitions to working and living in San Francisco.


Wahoowa attracted 109 attendees to its networking mixer. 


The students were divided into two groups. Each group was able to visit 10 companies over two days.


One group of students got to visit the office of Piazza, a Q&A platform that many of them use every day for their classes.

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