[This has been crossposted from the OpenTechSchool Blog ]
We've already announced that we are looking into offering a more in-depth programme back in May at Codemotion but thanks to feedback and input of the community we now also know what we want to do specifically: we call it Hackership.
Hackership is a full-time, self-directed peer learning programme for coders to become better hackers. As every experienced coder knows there is no better way to really learn than getting knee deep into the mud and hack on and experiment with the new technology for a while until you really got it. Inspired by the Hacker School in New York, Hackership tries to provide an environment for exactly that by bringing together people, who want to learn the same thing, create a distraction-free, learning focussed environment and provide the guidance and help through experts in the field - we call them "Hackers in Residence".
You can learn more about the concept of Hackership on the website or through this presentation. Hackership Berlin is scheduled to start in Winter 2013/2014 and will accept applications as soon as the last details are figured out (we are still looking for a good venue to host the programme).
Part of the bigger OpenTechSchool vision
With this programme in place, OpenTechSchool now has offers for all experience levels: workshops for total beginners, continuous learning groups for on-going-learning of intermediates, and Hackership for experienced programmers.
By adding Hackership OpenTechSchool wants to provide a similar experience to experienced developers, too. With the slight difference, that coders, who are proficient enough to judge a good source by themselves whether a source, don't need the same kind of coach. So instead there will be experts -- so called "hackers in residence" -- providing them deepest insights in even the complex aspects of those topics, allowing the participants to learn faster and more in-depth than if they were on their own. Time is key here, too: we secure the time and space for these hackers to be able to learn full-time with other like-minded people by experimenting and hacking together.
Although these are different programmes they are all based on the same core concepts and values of OpenTechSchool: learning from each others, by doing it hands-on, at your own pace, in a safe and welcoming learning environment.