Programmers Space Project

The Idea

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.

The Mission

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 Concept

The purpose of the space would be to do one specific thing very well: facilitate the learning of computer programming.

  1. 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.)
  2. It would not be a "coworking space", because it's not designed around working but is focused on studying.
  3. 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.

We already have local meetup groups with over 3,000 local programmers. The next step is to find a dedicated space to meet. Check out our Code Self Study website and the main meetup group.


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Sun, 2015-08-09 15:16
Joined: 1 year 6 months ago

Programmers' Space

Hi Josh,

I came to your website through a quora link, and I really like the idea of programmers' space. I am working on my programming skills and want to collaborate with someone on a real life project and solve real life and hopefully complex problems.

I looked at joining some coding bootcamps, but I can't quit my job and your idea works perfectly for me. Have you looked at any options for a dedicated space yet? Is there anyway I can help?

thank you,

Tue, 2015-08-11 14:47
Joined: 1 year 11 months ago


Welcome to the group! The best way to get involved with planning the space would be to come to an event and meet everyone. We're looking at spaces and are talking about funding models for paying the rent.

You can get experience on a different project each month through the group, and it can function as a kind of bootcamp alternative. If you would like suggestions on good tutorials and study plans, I could suggest some ideas in the forum or at a meetup. See also the wiki.