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

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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.

– community-wealth.org

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.

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.
Baseline AI consulting Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Baseline is the outcome of a collective will to share resources, to give ourselves greater visibility and to pool common expenses and risks, while respecting our individual needs.
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."
Cooperatus Project management, tech consulting, web development, graphic design, virtual assistance Western US and Georgia, US Cooperatus is a tech worker collective providing a range of freelance support and services from hybrid book launches and websites to interpersonal communication and cybersecurity consulting.
Coop Symbiotic Contact, membership, donation and case management with CiviCRM, SaaS and custom development Montreal, QC, Canada Founded in 2014
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
Gemify Software Development, UX Research and Design San Jose, California, USA Worker-owned tech co-operative developing affordable solutions for small businesses since 2019.
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
Interstitial Technology Full-stack engineering - design, development, firmware, electrical engineering USA/Canada Focused on technology with positive social impact
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
Polycot Associates Strategic planning, Web applications and website development, Drupal, Wordpress Distributed / Remote, North America Our highly experienced team provides comprehensive custom web development and design services for mission-driven businesses and non-profit organizations.
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
Radish Cooperative Food Delivery & Restaurant Tech Montreal, Quebec, Canada A multistakeholder restaurant delivery and technology cooperative owned and operated collectively by its restaurant, driver, and consumer members.
Rose Coded Tech Cooperative I.T. Consulting Portland, Oregon, USA An I.T. consulting LLC cooperative owned and operated collectively by its members.
Sassafras Tech Collective Research, User experience design, Development Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
The Drivers Cooperative Driver-owned rideshare New York City, NY, USA Drivers own 100% of the company. Developing an entirely new platform.
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 ComĂşn digital security, sysadmin, web design Mexico
Vermont Computing Cooperative Hardware, Websites, E-mail, Hosting Vermont, US
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
Animus Backend / Frontend / Web / Mobile development / UX / UI / Accesibility Bariloche, Argentina
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 CĂłrdoba, Argentina
LibreCode Free software development, tech consulting Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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 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
Argo Cloud Computing, Hosting, Software Development Lower Austria, Austria digital souveranity and privacy with Free Software and a democratic, transparent workers cooperative
Astrolabe Business Consulting and Services Rennes, FR
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
Codeurs en Liberté Public transports, GIS, maps, web applications, sysops France
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
Dalibo PostgreSQL support Paris, France
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
Empreinte Digitale Web development, Cloud hosting, Accessibility France Founded in 1993, Worker-owned coop since 2020
Fairness Web and mobile development, agile coaching, technical consulting France Worker-owned coop with a focus on digital eco-design and software quality
femProcomuns IoT infrastructure, Cloud services, Co-op Incubator Catalonia
FikaWorks Consulting, DevOps, IT infrastructure Netherlands Distributed company
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
Good Praxis Web development London, UK A worker-owned digital agency founded in 2019
Happy Dev Anything digital France Freelancers network federating tech collectives around France
Happyculture Web development, Drupal experts France Webagency working to increase projects sucess rates for customers
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 115+ workers; distributed company
Indici Opponibili Web Design & Development, Motion Graphics, Game Design & Development, Edutainment Bologna, Italy Full Remote Coop, part of the Legacoop Emilia Romagna and Culturmedia coop networks
infra.run Development, Support, Training, Video Conference Hosting
Insite Drupal web development Lille, France Founded 1996
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.
media co-op Filmmaking, Design, Development Glasgow, Scotland
Motion Twin Video game development Bordeaux, France
MuchDifferent Game technology, Engineering Uppsala, Sweden
multi Web development, data science, innovation, open source, open data France Tech workers owned. Created in 2022
Nethik Software development Argelès-sur-mer, France Founded in 2009
Open Data Services We help people publish and use open data, by offering software, support and consultancy UK (Remote) Worker co-op, 23 employees, founded 2015.
Outlandish Web development London, UK Outlandish is a worker owned co-operative that is committed to making the world better through technology, co-operativism and communication. Based in Finsbury Park, North London, they also work with the Islington Council to run the co-working space, Space4.
Pathtech Web development, Project Management France Founded 2020
Probesys Web development, System Administration, Hosting Grenoble, France We provide Open Source development and infrastructure expertise
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
roko.li Software Development, Hosting Potsdam/ Rostock, Germany
Sange Hosting Helsinki, Finland
Sociality Digital Technologies Athens, Greece
SkuraMobile App development Errenteria, Basque Country
Slobodna domena Web & app development, design, IT infrastructure, consulting and education Zagreb, Croatia Worker's non-profit coop founded in 2017.
Spotlab Web apps development & consulting Paris, France Webagency owned by people simplifying people work
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."
Talaios Koop. Web development. Vue, Sage, Node.js. Docker, kubernetes. Odoo, Wordpress, Nextcloud, Moodle. Coop consultancy Errenteria, Basque Country Founded 2012
UNI:CODE IT Solutions Web development, IT services Germany, Remote
WAO Co-op Digital transformation, elearning, project management UK / Germany Making sense of complex problems while spreading the benefits of open. Part of CoTech
Web|Alternatif Software development Grenoble, France Self-managed worker cooperative
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
Ion Technologies Contracting / Consulting Kerikeri, New Zealand Worker's cooperative founded in 2017
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
meet.coop A co-operative meeting and conferencing platform, powered by BigBlueButton.
Talespinners Game Writing, Design, Editing, Direction and Consultancy
ZO Design, Development, Translation, Copy-editing

Historical / defunct coops

Other lists

Networks of coops

Meetups

Resources

Information on tech coops and coops in general

Handbooks / Guides

Books

Articles

Financing / Salaries

Conflict

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

References to this list

License

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