codebar is a charity that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running free regular programming workshops for minority groups in tech.

Our goal is to enable minority group members 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.


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.


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

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

How to support us

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Use the donation page

Support us with a one-time or recurring donation through the donation form on our website.

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Setup a recurring contribution or make a one-time donation through Open Collective.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Sep 21

Virtual Workshop

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Tuesday, Sep 22

Workshop at Deichman Bjørvika

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access_time 19:00 - 21:00 CEST (GMT+02:00)

Virtual Workshop

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access_time 18:30 - 21:00 BST (GMT+01:00)
West London

Thursday, Sep 24

Virtual Workshop

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Virtual Workshop

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access_time 18:30 - 21:00 EDT (GMT-04:00)

Monday, Sep 28

Workshop at Pennsylvania Avenue Resource Center (PARC)

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access_time 17:30 - 19:00 EDT (GMT-04:00)

Tuesday, Oct 13

Virtual Workshop

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Monday, Oct 26

Workshop at Pennsylvania Avenue Resource Center (PARC)

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Monday, Nov 16

Workshop at Pennsylvania Avenue Resource Center (PARC)

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access_time 17:30 - 19:00 EST (GMT-05:00)

Monday, Dec 14

Workshop at Pennsylvania Avenue Resource Center (PARC)

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  • 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 Jacqueline Currie
  • 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 Nishita Singhal
  • 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 Jeania Pang
  • 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 Priya Patil
  • Thanks to the patience and clarity given from tutors, I understand coding and programming much better and this has improved my employment prospects. Tackling coding and programming by myself would have been impossible and my motivational levels were quite low. I have enjoyed the community feel in Codebar and the support from coaches and fellow students has made my goal of becoming a developer more attainable.

    Lisa Lisa Mac