This is a proposal to create a dedicated space in the El Cerrito/Albany/Berkeley area where people can go to study programming and collaborate on projects. See the homepage and our event listings for a list of proposed activities.
Some of the goals of this space would be to:
- Create a physical space where like-minded people can meet with their laptops to study together, bounce ideas off of each other, and collaborate on projects
- Bring together people who are interested in solving problems with Internet technology
- Function as a kind of alternative startup incubator for members' software projects
- Offer interesting classes to members and the public
- Discuss philosophy, especially technology philosophy
- Learn, study, and teach programming skills
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Ideally, it should be within two blocks of a BART station so that it's accessible to people without their own transportation.
The purpose of the space would be to do one specific thing very well: facilitate the learning of computer programming.
- It would not exactly be a traditional "hackerspace", but would be centered around studying programming. There wouldn't be the hardware and electronics of traditional hackerspaces/makerspaces. It would mainly be focused on studying programming and related topics. (Note: small hardware projects that don't involve soldering, heavy machinery, and noise would be welcome. A goal is keep the space friendly for people who have difficulties with smells and noise.)
- It would not be a "coworking space", because it's not designed around working but is focused on studying.
- Ideally, this space would be a new kind of self-directed educational center for people who study computer programming.
Benefits for the Community
Here are some possible benefits:
- Provide a place for locals and visitors to learn how to program. Even experienced programmers need to study regularly to stay up to date with technology.
- Bring people together to collaborate on new programming projects and startups.
- Provide a supportive environment for startups in East Bay.
- Provide an inexpensive place where motivated people could learn to program in groups -- studying at the space could even function as a kind of non-traditional job training program for people looking to get into the tech scene.
If interested in the idea, please send me an email and/or leave a comment below.