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The future of tech in Oakland, as seen in 11 new spaces

on November 30, 2016

Oakland’s technology scene is in flux.

Like other cities, its government, its residents, and its businesses are trying to evolve with new technologies. Schools are trying to incorporate them into their curriculums, the owners of parking lots are figuring out how best to accommodate the fast growing numbers of electric cars. Longtime residents and businesses are navigating their place in the new economy even as tech startups seeking cheaper rent move in.

Eleven Bay Area Bandwidth reporters hit the streets to observe tech spaces in Oakland. (Bay Area Bandwidth is a project of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, which also runs Oakland North.)

Some tech entrepreneurs have been lucky, like the owner of Tertulia, who signed a lease for his new café just a few hours before Uber announced that it bought the iconic Sears building across the street. Others like the FabLab makerspace sits empty because they don’t have the funding to staff it.

We invite you to follow this link to explore 11 tech spaces across the city and witness these changes firsthand. Or, you can navigate to each one of them by clicking the links below.

Table of contents:

Construction in West Oakland

Cafe on the Corner Across from Uber

Going Electric

Video Games Crawl to Catch Up with Oakland’s Tech Boom

Changing the Face of Tech

At the Door of a Hacker Space

Waiting for Students, a Lab Sits Empty

How to Make Solar Electricity

An Evolving Music Business

The Port Workspaces

Fruitvale Looks to the Future

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