codebar is a non-profit initiative that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running regular programming workshops.

Our goal is to enable underrepresented people to learn programming in a safe and collaborative environment and expand their career opportunities. To achieve this we run free regular workshops, regular one-off events and try to create opportunities for our students making technology and coding more accessible.

  • I started attending Codebar to learn how to code an idea I had, but I ended up learning more than just the basics. I have built my initial prototype and progressed far more than I thought I could. The best part about the workshops are the coaches, they are very patient and help you understand difficult concepts. Attending weekly has given me the confidence to code any idea into a prototype – something I didn’t think I could do a year ago! I would highly recommend Codebar to anyone, especially if you come from a non-technical background like me!

    Harini Manivannan

    Harini
  • I find Codebar's mentoring model incredibly empowering. When learning programming at university, I found it hard to speak up in class or ask for help. Working through online coding courses later in life became frustrating when I couldn't fix a non-obvious mistake on my own, or boring if I couldn't see a real-world application. Codebar mentors share not just their coding skills 'toolbox' but also the knowledge of when and how it's best to use each 'tool', and are honest about their own experiences of the technology industry. Best of all, the Codebar code of conduct provides a safe learning environment, which I find makes it much easier to ask questions. I have learned so much already from the tutorials, and now have the skills and confidence to start work on my own projects.

    Jacqueline Currie

    Jacqueline
  • Codebar is awesome! The atmosphere is excellent - everyone is really friendly and the coaches really want to help in any way they can. Coding alone in your room isn't great for when you get stuck and so meeting other coders at Codebar made me realise that others were struggling with the same problems that I was. This really helped boost my confidence, which is vital when learning a new subject. Thoroughly recommended.

    Nishita Singhal

    Nishita
  • I started using some of the online schools and whilst they are helpful to supplement knowledge, there is nothing like talking through things with a coach, which Codebar provides. I know no matter what I decide to do in the future, coding and programming will be an important part of the industry (in fact it already is in many industries) and the fact that Codebar encourages those who would otherwise not have an opportunity to learn how to code (which I know is a category I would have fallen under) is great.

    Priya Patil

    Priya
  • I currently work as a Mobile Producer and whilst this involves a lot of project management I'd been looking for other ways to help my team. The opportunity came in the form of web development and as I already possessed a good understanding of HTML and CSS, the next step was for me to learn Javascript. Since joining Codebar my understanding and confidence in using Javascript has improved immensely, the coaches there are extremely helpful and are patient in ensuring that all the students work to the best of their ability and at their own pace. The environment is one which encourages everyone to learn and I would recommend anyone who has the urge to learn how to code to join!

    Jeania Pang

    Jeania

Students

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some want to become full-time developers, whereas some would like to learn the basics of coding in a supportive environment.

Sign up to join our vibrant community and attend our workshops.

Coaches

We encourage new students to work on our HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, Python or Git tutorials. We also help them understand programming concepts.

Therefore are always on the lookout for more developers to join our community and help coach at our workshops.

Workshops

We are hosted by some amazing companies who support our cause. Our normal format is 30 minutes of socialising with food and drink, followed by a lightning talk then coding.

Help our expansion and enable us to provide help and support to our chapters by hosting and sponsoring our workshops.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Jul 23

Workshop at innocent

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West London

Workshop at TrustedHousesitters

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Brighton

Wednesday, Jul 24

Workshop at Sparta Global

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London

Thursday, Jul 25

Workshop at Redgate

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Cambridge

Monday, Jul 29

Workshop at The University of Kent

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Kent

Tuesday, Jul 30

Workshop at ThoughtWorks Manchester

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Manchester

Wednesday, Jul 31

Workshop at Cloudreach

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Edinburgh

Thursday, Aug 01

Workshop at CodeClan

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Glasgow

Thursday, Aug 08

Workshop at Compare the Market - Peterborough

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Peterborough

Workshop at Redweb

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Bournemouth

Monday, Aug 12

Workshop at Helsinki Think Company - Center

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Helsinki

Tuesday, Aug 13

Workshop at Pearson

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West London

Workshop at OVO

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Bristol

Thursday, Aug 15

Workshop at Oxford County Library

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Oxford

Wednesday, Aug 28

Workshop at GoCo

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Houston

Saturday, Aug 31

Helsinki 1 year birthday hackathon at Futurice

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Monday, Sep 16

Workshop at Helsinki Think Company - Kumpula

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Helsinki

Tuesday, Sep 17

Workshop at Amazon Cambridge

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Cambridge

Tuesday, Sep 24

Workshop at Reaktor

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Helsinki

Tuesday, Oct 15

Workshop at Helsinki Think Company - Center

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Helsinki

Tuesday, Nov 19

Workshop at Amazon Cambridge

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Cambridge