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Tech coops list

A list of tech coops and resources concerning tech coops and worker owned cooperatives in general.

Contributions to this list are very welcome. Just clone this repo, edit this file (README.md) or edit it directly (open it and click on the pencil icon on the upper right) and create a pull request.

What are worker-owned tech cooperatives?

A very general definition:

Worker-owned cooperatives are business enterprises that are owned and governed by their employees. All worker cooperatives have two common characteristics: 1) member-owners invest in and own the business together, and share the enterprise’s profits, and 2) decision-making is democratic, with each member having one vote.

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Tech cooperatives are worker-owned cooperatives that operate in the information technology industry. This list focuses on tech coops that are providing software development and consulting services.

Tech cooperatives could be a solution if you feel alienated by big software corporations and startup culture or you feel alone and in search of solidarity as a freelancer.

Table of Contents

  1. Coops
    1. North America
    2. South America
    3. Asia
    4. Europe
    5. Oceania
    6. Worldwide
  2. Networks of coops
  3. Resources
  4. Information on tech coops and coops in general
  5. Talks
  6. Mailinglists
  7. Chat rooms
  8. Tools
  9. Products created by tech coops
  10. Jobs and contracts

Coops

North America

Coop

Business Areas Region/Country Notes
Agaric Web development, tech consulting USA / Nicaragua / Germany Worker-owned collective building online since 2006, lately contributing to the Drutopia platform for grassroots groups.
Brierwood Coop Mobile apps Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Caravan Web Worker Cooperative Web design, Software development (Python) Montreal and Quebec City, Canada
Catalyst Cooperative Open data engineering / analysis for energy & climate policy Distributed / Remote, North America
C4 Tech & Design Web Design, Business IT Services, Computer Repair New Orleans, USA
CoLab Ithaca, NY, USA "CoLab’s mission is to contribute to a new economy of justice and cooperation while bringing clients beautiful, cutting-edge technology."
Design Action Collective Web design and development Oakland, USA
DWG Product development and implementation East Bay, CA, USA
Dojo4 Web applications and design Boulder, CO
Electric Embers Hosting San Francisco, CA, USA
FullSteam Labs Web application development, UI & UX Design USA
Future Club Game development USA
Hypha Worker Co-operative Digital coaching, (decentralized) web design, and development Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario, Canada Founded in 2019 with the mission to help organizations and communities redesign their relationships with digital technology.
Informal Systems Distribute Systems and Formal Verification Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario, Canada Working towards an open-source ecosystem of cooperatively owned and governed distributed organizations running on reliable distributed systems
KO_OP Game development Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Koumbit Hosting, Websites, Sysadmin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nexodus Visual Effects (VFX) Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
NOVA Web Development Django sites, graphic design USA / El Salvador / elsewhere Worker-owned co-op developing LibreOrganize and Business Tracker primarily for unions, labor movement, social justice, etc.
Openflows Web development, CiviCRM New York, USA
Palante Technology Cooperative Web development, CiviCRM, Tech support, Training New York, USA and beyond Focus on NGOs
Plausible Labs Development, Design New York and San Francisco, USA Bylaws
Politics Rewired Political campaigning and organizing tools USA
Position Development Software Development Brooklyn, NY Focused on independent media, cultural institutions, and socially minded organizations
Sassafras Tech Collective Research, User experience design, Development Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Seattle Developers Cooperative Web development, React, Node.js Seattle, Washington, USA Founded 2018; Working on P2P projects in JavaScript
The Glory Society Games US Founded in 2019
the Tech Support Cooperative POS software, open-source web development, consulting US + CAN Maintainers of the CORE-POS / IS4C software project
Tierra Común digital security, sysadmin, web design Mexico
Vulk Coop Design, Development Austin, TX, USA Worker-owned, Founded 2013, Organizers of Austin Software Co-operatives Meetup
Willow Bark Design, Development, sysadmin, security Remote, international
Zinc Collective Development US

South America

Coop

Business Areas Region/Country Notes
bantics Consulting, Cloud Infrastructure Administrator, Hosting, Full-stack Development, FLOSS Development Buenos Aires, Argentina Fundanda en 2012
Cambá Web and mobile Development, Consulting, FLOSS Development Buenos Aires, Argentina
EITA Open Source Development Brazil Our goal is to deliver open source technologies to social moviments
Equality Web development (Django/Angular) Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Eryx Full-stack development, Data Science, Operations Research, UX, Consulting CABA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fiqus Web and mobile development Buenos Aires, Argentina
gcoop Hosting, Consulting, Web Development, FLOSS Development Buenos Aires, Argentina "Transformamos los sistemas."
It10 Software development Córdoba, Argentina
Lyseon Tech Web development, Apps and Hosting Rio de Janeiro, BR Cooperative of free software developers
Matelab Development Buenos Aires, Argentina Founded 2019; 8 associates
Nayra Web development, UX Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tecso Development, Information services Rosario, Argentina Founded 2002; 150+ associates

Asia

Coop

Business Areas Region/Country Notes
Albatros Tech Cooperative Initiative Design, Development Istanbul, Turkey Worker-Owners
Nilenso Development (Clojure, Javascript, Ruby, Haskell, Go, Java) Bangalore, India
Sofi Cooperative Web development, Design, Vue, Node.js Jerusalem, Israel Founded 2018; "Sofi is a workers cooperative of designers and developers, we focus on websites and applications that bring positive value for society and the planet"

Europe

Coop

Business Areas Region/Country Notes
24ème Free open source software development Paris, France Governance based on trust and transparency
Agile Collective Web development UK
Alma Software development Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France Founded 1979
Animorph Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality Applications London, UK Founded 2016
Atomised Web development, mobile apps, UX design Cupar, Scotland Founded 2008
Autonomic Free software infrastructure and bespoke web development UK, Cypherspace
A Bunch of Hacks Video game development, software development Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Black Shuck Producing moving image, audio and digital projects (websites, apps and installations). Europe
blinkenbox Sysadmin, Web Development, Hosting Berlin, Germany
Camplight web and mobile development, tech consulting EU, Bulgaria A digital cooperative that creates experiences for the web, mobile and beyond
Champs-Libres GIS, Maps, Web applications Namur, Belgium
Common Knowledge digital tools for grassroots activists London, UK
Coopdevs Development Barcelona, Catalonia Non profit association and workers cooperative focusing on non-profit & grassroots social change projects e.g. Open Food Network amongst others
Co-operative Web Web Development, Mobile Development, Web Hosting, legacy software support Birmingham, UK
Coop IT Easy ERP development Brussels, Belgium Worker coop, we provide Open Source ERPs to other cooperatives.
ctrl.alt.coop Software Development, Consulting Berlin, Germany
datenkollektiv.net Hosting, networking, services Dresden, Germany
Devtopia Consulting, project management, design and UX, web development, app development, marketing Spain Distributed company
Diciannove Consulting, project management, open source development, hosting, web design Italy
Digicoop Product company, makers of kantree.io France Distributed company
dtc innovation Web development, design and engineering, cooperation, open {data source} France, UK, Québec
femProcomuns IoT infrastructure, Cloud services, Co-op Incubator Catalonia
fnordkollektiv software development, infrastructure devop, tech consulting Siegen, NRW, Germany Founded 2020
GNU Coop Open source development, training, e-learning, project management Italy
Go free Range Web development UK
Happy Dev Anything digital France Freelancers network federating tech collectives around France
Hostsharing Hosting Germany
Hypernova Web Development, Web Design, Digital Italy Freelancers network, part of the Doc Servizi coop network
Igalia Free Software consultancy A Coruña, Spain; Global 40+ workers
infra.run Development, Support, Training, Video Conference Hosting
IT Kollektiv Cross-platform apps, web development, backend development, consulting GER Network-type
IT Kollektivet Copenhagen, Denmark
Itopie Repairs, workshops, IT services (individuals and companies) Geneva, Switzerland
Jamgo Front-end dev, design services, e-commerce, Drupal/WordPress Barcelona, Spain
Kaleidos Front-end, mobile, UX/UI design, open source software Madrid, Spain
Kedu Software, infrastructure Barcelona, Spain
Les-Tilleuls.coop Web development, Tech consulting, Open Source Development Lille, Paris, Nantes, Lyon (France) Tech worker-owned cooperative founded in 2011. Creators of the API Platform framework and major contributors to Symfony.
Motion Twin Video game development Bordeaux, France
MuchDifferent Game technology, Engineering Uppsala, Sweden
Outlandish Web development London, UK Sponsored 2016 Outlandish Fellowships
Rabotnik graphic design, web-development, video production and animation, campaign and concept development Denmark
Reinblau Web development Berlin, Germany
Resonate Music Streaming Berlin, Germany / Dublin, Ireland A multistakeholder platform co-operative - with contributors (workers, contractors, volunteers) represented with a 20% ownership stake.
Robur Software Development Berlin, Germany
Sange Hosting Helsinki, Finland
Slobodna domena Web & app development, design, IT infrastructure, consulting and education Zagreb, Croatia Worker's non-profit coop founded in 2017.
Startin'blox Web development Hosting specilized in federated application
TableFlip Web development. Javascript, Node.js, Meteor. London, UK Founded 2013; "We're your technical co-founder."
UNI:CODE IT Solutions Web development, IT services Germany, Remote
Webarchitects Co-operative Hosting, Sysadmin Sheffield, UK Multi-stakeholder, including workers, organisations and investors
WTF Kooperative eG Software Development, Hosting, Consulting, less bureaucracy for freelancers in germany Germany, Remote eG legal German Coop, founded 2020
Yaal Coop Web development, open source development, technical investment Bordeaux (France) Worker-owned cooperative focused on social impact startups.

Oceania

Coop

Business Areas Region/Country Notes
Enspiral NZ Network-type
Loomio Online decision-making app Wellington, New Zealand Wikipedia
Protozoa Web development NZ
Root Systems Consulting NZ "Pod" within Enspiral; Inactive.

Decentralised / Worldwide

Coop

Business Areas Notes
bits.coop webgl, maps, p2p, offline data replication
ZO Design, Development, Translation, Copy-editing
Talespinners Game Writing, Design, Editing, Direction and Consultancy

Historical / defunct coops

Other lists

Networks of coops

Meetups

Resources

Information on tech coops and coops in general

Handbooks / Guides

Books

Articles

Financing / Salaries

Legal

Conflict

Other links

Videos / Talks

Mailinglists / Forums

Chat rooms

Tools

  • Cobudget - Crowdsource and fund projects within an organization. Developed and used by Enspiral.
  • Loomio - Online decision-making

Software/Products created by tech coops

  • API Platform - REST and GraphQL framework on top of Symfony and React.
  • Canaille - Simple account manager and an OpenID Connect provider based upon a LDAP database.
  • Cobuy - Group wholesale purchases as a consumer co-op (by Root Systems).
  • CoopHub - Git repos from cooperatives around the world!
  • Up & Go - Cooperative Home Cleaning Services (by CoLab).
  • Moodlight - Emotional intelligence for teams (by Camplight)
  • Assista - Effortless time tracking for Trello (by Camplight).
  • CoopCycle - A federation of bike delivery co-ops with an open-source logistics platform.

Jobs and contracts

License

This work and all contributions to it are released into the public domain under the terms of the CC0 1.0.

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