The Hacker Co-op: Coming soon!

Join a small group of ambitious learners

The Hacker Co-op Discord community is a space where beginner and senior programmers can come together and support one another.

What is this?

The Hacker Co-op will be a small Discord community of 10 to 20 people who have started learning programming, and want to level up with a group of like-minded individuals.

The community will be moderated by senior level engineers like , in order to provide mentorship, advice, and help unblock learners. In the beginning, it will only be me, which is why I'd like to keep the group small to start. 🙂

How does it work?

The community will be focused on learning through building individual web-based projects. To start, the group will be comprised of people interested in using one of the most popular tech stacks: HTML, CSS, JavaScript/TypeScript/NodeJS. Each individual will be responsible for coming up with their own project ideas.

The goal is to simulate what it's like working at a typical Silicon Valley tech company. Each week, we will set individual goals, write code, create Pull Requests in GitHub, and review each other's code. Each member is expected to build in public.

The community will be kept relatively small to start. People that fail to participate or meet expectations will be removed from the community, so that others may join.

How do I apply?

Click here to fill out a Google Form application. 🚀

For the first cohort, the following applicants are preferred:

  • People that have some basic experience with HTML, CSS, and JS/TS
  • People that have some basic experience with git and GitHub
  • People that are willing to commit at least 12 hours a week to learning
  • People that generally work in a US time zone

I apologize if this seems unnecessarily restrictive — I just want to make sure everyone has a good experience, and it helps if everyone is focused on learning similar tools in similar time zones.

Who are you?

My name is Alex (LinkedIn/Github). I've been a software developer for almost 10 years now. I started my career in San Francisco working at various startups, then spent a bit of time at Stripe, at which point I moved to New York.

In the summer of 2020, I went through Y Combinator. Since then, I've spent most of my time working on my own startups. 👨‍💻

Why are you doing this?

I have some free time on my hands this summer, and I was considering doing some volunteer work. I've always enjoyed coding and mentoring junior engineers, so I figured this could be a nice way to give back, especially as someone who was also self-taught.

I also would like to launch a few side projects this summer, and would love to have an accountability group to work with! 🔥

In the meantime, come say hi on Discord 👋