What we're about

CoTech is an alliance of worker co-operatives operating in the digital field. We comprise data analysts, web designers, developers, marketing consultants and much more. As co-operatives, our workers collectively own their companies and control their destinies to make better workplaces, better suppliers and better digital products. As digital experts, we aim to ensure that technology plays its part in creating a fairer world.

The CoTech Meetup is an opportunity for the public to engage in our projects. We will be discussing key elements of our work, in terms of the technology and the co-operative structures we use.

Upcoming events (2)

Open Source Technology and the 21st Century Cooperative

Transparent, Meritocratic & Peer-owned: Open Source Technology and the 21st Century Cooperative This event will bring together experts and innovators in the field of open source technology and the co-operative movement. We'll be examining the similarities in the two movements, in terms of the philosophies and decentralised organising methods. We'll be delving into how and why these movements are breaking away from mainstream for-profit companies and technologies. Terry Tyldesley Terry is a producer and musician, and Chair of Resonate, a new, ethical music streaming co-operative harnessing blockchain technology. Resonate is out to create a fairer music ecosystem using a #stream2own model, and by building a variety of artist-empowering services. It is going open source and believes sharing technology is vital for the co-operative movement. Nic Wistreich Nic is an active contributor to the open-source community, with a particular interest in the world of film and cinema. He has written on Coops and Open Source for New Internationalist's People Over Capital book, and is an active member of the CiviCRM community. Nic will be exploring the idea that if open source and and coop communities could wise up to their weaknesses and learn from each other’s strengths, there could be not only be a new economic and governance model; but a new method for solving complex problems. Abi Handley Abi is a member of Outlandish, a worker owned co-operative, that actively contributes to the open source community and open source projects to deliver the majority of its client work. Abi will talk about the technical reasons for preferring open source technology: a wider community checking each others work leads to better results, particularly in terms of security and ease of use. Graham Mitchell Graham is a web developer who has been involved with and founded numerous projects to support the co-operative movement. Most recently he has helped develop platform6.coop, a platform which aims to pool skills, resources and knowledge to facilitate coops to thrive. Graham will talk about how the open source movement can borrow from the co-op movement to become more sustainable. To find out more about open source technology, visit http://opensource.org/. Please note that this is not an official event hosed by the Open Source Initiative.

Using data & tech to keep politics in check

Joaquim d'Souza and Hazel Sheffield In March, the Huffington Post published #SoldFromUnderYou, an investigation revealing that local councils are selling off billions of pounds worth of publicly owned property just to make ends meet. #SoldFromUnderYou was the result of a year of Freedom of Information requests sent to all 353 English councils by the Bureau Local, part of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and reporting by journalists through the Bureau Local's network of local reporters. It came with a map, created by Joaquim d'Souza, allowing anyone to search the location of the 12,000 spaces that have been sold since 2014. Joaquim and Hazel Sheffield, who worked in collaboration with the Bureau Local on the project, will speak about how the investigation came together, how they created the searchable map, and what's next for the project. Seena Shah, Director of Marketing at PolicyMogul Seena is listed as a top 50 women in digital under 30 by The Drum. Her interest in change at Government level led her to her current role with PolicyMogul where she is Director of Marketing. Seena will be discussing how important it is to have diversity in those who influence policy and policy-makers, in order to create a politics that is truly reflective of society. Matt Chocqueel-Mangan, Policy Tracker & Vote for Policies Matt is an experienced agile coach and digital service designer, on a mission to create what he describes as a 'sustainable democracy'. Matt created Vote for Policies and more recently Policy Tracker which focus on transparency and accountability to increase participation.

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