Self-organising meetups begin in the British Library
Classroom space secured at Camden Collective
runs for 8 weeks from March, still largely based on Python
runs for 7 weeks from June. "LEARN TO CODE, JOIN A COMMUNITY, BUILD A BUSINESS". It is the first FAC-like FAC and the first time a team of graduates (George, Bes and Izaak) stays to work on a freelance project.
runs for 8 weeks from September. Ines and Nelson turn up half way through. We lose our Classroom and in the final week run a crowdfunding campaign, instead of learning Angular. We move to Palmers Road and register as a community interest company.
Our founding documents
Registered January 27, 2015
Providing programmes of study for the general public
Benefitting the community by:
"helping develop the knowledge and skills of the general population."
Providing a place of learning and work for our members
Benefitting the community by:
"providing a convivial place where our members can study and work together and contribute to our study programmes...
"... and by encouraging continuing support and collaboration between students of our study programmes and our members."
"Our activities are run and managed by our members, most of whom have been through one of our study programmes and are committed through their membership of the Company to continue to contribute to those programmes."
"If the company makes any surplus it will be used for developing further programmes of study and for developing further places of study and work."
Several alumni stay with us to mentor as we try to build a cooperative agency. Nelson and Ines volunteer more-or-less full-time.
Our attempts to build a cooperative agency collapse and we go back to the drawing board.
runs for 12 weeks with several graduates ending up working with Ines and Nelson at dwyl.
runs for 16 weeks, culminating in 7 hackathons in 8 weeks. Madness!
We unwisely start planning our first cohort in Nazareth. CAST and The Anna Freud Centre both provide budget for graduate projects.
We are joined by Shireen and Esraa from Israel. Bradley from FAC8 volunteers in the role of course facilitator.
Three programmes start simultaneously in London, Nazareth and Gaza. A team of volunteers scrambles to get the master-reference ready. Rebecca is now working more-or-less full-time on a volunteer basis. Joe returns to help us build hiring relationships.
Thanks to the Gaza contract, we finally have budget for a part-time course facilitator and to pay Rebecca. Dan goes on payroll. Yvonne joins the team. We use funding from the second CAST digital fellowship to launch the InFact agency.
For the first time, more than half the cohort finds employment through us and London begins to break even.
It snows. We move to Finsbury Park during reading week.
It is the hottest Summer on record. Tech for Better launches and we secure the first round of funding for the Founders programme.
The course facilitator role becomes full-time.
The programme is now 18 weeks long.
On a hot summer, lumberjack style is in.
Patterns are patent pending.
FAC19 introduced to a shiny new curriculum!
Founders and Coders goes remote.
Being remote is trending!
Oliver Smith-Wellnitz (FAC15)
All of FAC20
Yvonne (FAC10): Operations
Oli (FAC10): Developer-in-residence
Gregor (FAC17): Tech for Better Facilitator
We want the tech industry to be a place where people from all backgrounds can thrive.
We prioritise collective learning over individual goals.
Through the Tech for Better programme!
With a wide network that goes beyond the mentors, speakers and staff that you'll meet over the next four months.
Building a tech industry that's better for its workers and customers through co-operation, democracy and worker ownership.
And be committed.
To everyone in the space and the community. Our code of conduct is important!
You'll take turns to mentor at our evening meetups, short course sessions and workshops. More on that later.
As a minimum, mentor one week for the next cohort.
And let him help you find employment when you graduate!