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The Winter Gathering 2019 of CoTech

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The Winter Gathering 2019 of CoTech is set for Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December 2019, 10am-5pm, (Friday night : social/bar in the venue) at Star & Shadow Cinema Co-Op, Warwick St, Newcastle, NE2 1BB.


For questions about the event, please contact Calum at


Friday 13th Saturday 14th
10-11 Intro session (Introduction to working groups and current state of play) Intro session (TBD)
11-12 Work Work
12-1 Work Work
1-2 Lunch Lunch
2-3 Work Work
3-4 Work Work
4-5 Work Work
5-6 Decision Making Decision Making
6-late Party Home (or pub!)

The opening intro session on Day 1 is to bring everyone up to date on where we are so far. At the end of each day there will be a session for work groups to update the wider group on what they've worked on, and where necessary this will include a sociocratic decision-making round with work groups running proposals.

Working groups

Working groups are currently being organised! Please participate in this via the forum or another channel.

Working group suggestions:

  • General Election result: what does it mean for tech co-ops? (the election is the day before the event)
  • CoTech hack 2018 update
  • Co-operatives, copyright and licenses
  • Ecology/sustainability and technology
  • Sharing resources for economic goals. Sharing resources for social goals

Working groups from the last gathering:

  • Comms and Branding
  • Governance and Membership
  • Skills Sharing
  • Website improvements
  • Business Development
  • Onboarding
  • Fund

To contribute to this discussion the best place to start is the forum thread:


The gathering will be at Star & Shadow Cinema Co-Op, Warwick St, Newcastle, NE2 1BB. It has full disabled access, and a vegetarian/vegan cafe which will hopefully be open depending on volunteer availability. There is a car park, I will find out its capacity and update this page. It's a 10-minute walk from Jesmond and Manors metro stations, and bus number 1 stops right outside the door, which you can get from the stop outside Mile Castle (street over from Central Station)

Star & Shadow is a co-op owned and ran by its volunteers in the interests of the community. Volunteers organise a wide range of events, which range from techno nights, accessible community football competitions and an anarchist book-fair, to the regular film screenings, cafe and library

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Lunch for both days are being provided by the Star & Shadow, included in the ticket price. Food can also be ordered on the day at the following prices:

  • Vegan/Vegetarian hot plate £4.50
  • Cakes £2.00
  • Tea/Coffee £1.50

For dinner we will be splitting into groups and heading to some nearby restaurants


The main locations for hotels are the City Centre, Jesmond and the Quayside, which are all 15-30 minutes walk from the venue.


Entering "Hotels Newcastle" into a search engine will bring up lots of results, or using a popular website such as Hostelworld, AirBnB, Listed below are a summary of some different options.


Travelodge, located on the Quayside, around £20-40 per night.

Newbridge Hotel

Newbridge Hotel, located around 15-20 minute walk from the venue (towards the city centre), around £40 per night.

Holiday Inn Jesmond Holiday Inn Jesmond, located between Jesmond and Sandyford, very close to the venue, around £45 per night

Osbourne Road, Jesmond The main road in Jesmond, which is a short walk north of the venue, has lots of hotels, varying between £30-50 per night.