All of the coworking conferences, unconferences or barcamps happening all over the world, are now taking on a big assignment. They are expected to keep up the momentum within the coworking community, while simultaneously presenting the most current state of the coworking movement. But these trends are changing fast, and it has become difficult to predict what they will be from one year to the next. Deskmag got a closer look at how coworking conferences have changed as a result of major developments within coworking community. We spoke with the organizers of Global Coworking Unconference Conference, the European and Asian coworking conferences as to gain insight into what will be offered at these upcoming events.
For some people coworking is all about mobility and flexibility, and these people have stretched this concept to unlimited possibilities, where variety has plenty of space to roam and explore, all in the name of the “coworking visa”. A simple seed of ingenuity in 2008 has now blossomed into a huge tree, with branches stretching far and wide into all corners of the globe. Deskmag got a closer look at how far coworkers and coworking spaces have taken this flexibility.
LiquidSpace, the web and mobile platform, which aims to facilitate the process of finding on-demand work and meeting spaces in the US, received US$ 1.3 million in additional funding this week. The money will be added on to the US $11 million in funding raised since 2010. According to the company, the support comes from two new strategic investors—Steelcase and the CBRE Group, two bigger companies that are also involved in the workspace industry.
Running a coworking space is a business, with overhead to track, revenue to collect, and lots of data to gather, analyze and synthesize. Both personalities of a space affect the other, limiting or revealing possibilities in different ways. For a while some coworking spaces can make it all happen with a lot of sticky notes or a spreadsheet, but at some point those systems fail and it’s time to look for something better. You might find it surprising, but there are software systems out their built specifically for the coworking movement.
Recently Deskmag presented you the trials and tribulations of working independently in the United Kingdom, and Germany. Now we're heading to Italy. If you thought the UK and Germany were complicated, let’s see how it’s done more southern.
Are you a hacker looking for an island? A creative who is travelling amongst the new kinds of “monasteries” in Europe? An entrepreneur who enjoys working in the countryside just a few miles from town? Some of you might be experiencing these new life/work environments in the near future. Are you ready to change, not only the way you work, but also your lifestyle? Deskmag attended the OuiShare Fest and was able to watch the debate about this topic.
Mexico is far more than just tacos and Frida Kahlo. In fact, Mexico is known for being the second largest trading partner of the US, after Canada. The 13th largest nation in the world with 50% of the population under the age of 29. Needless to say, their startup scene is growing, and since Deskmag covered coworking in Mexico two years ago, we have seen some changes that indicate a bright future for the coworking scene.