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A big coworking event can create new connections and ideas. It's a melting spot of shared knowledge and fun. But it also includes an incredible workload for the organization team behind. Locations need to be found, topics have to be set-up, speakers to be organized, potential attendees to be informed, sponsors to be convinced, accommodation, food, flights... It's an endless list and, in between, some nails need to be polished as well. What you can experience within two or three days, is usually a product of many months of preparation. However, there are already many major coworking events which can be announced for this year. Here's a brief overview.
By Carsten Foertsch - Wednesday, 06 January 2016

The Coworking Unconference Asia (CU Asia)

The most exotic coworking event will be held in Bali - without walls and windows. Unlike the name may suggest, the meet-up doesn't focus on Asian topics only. It also could be called 'C U in Asia'. The coworking movement is quite universal as are the three main topics of the first day: "work well", "work smart" and "work where", Asian flavored. The last topic blends coworking with the growing movement of digital 'knowmads'. The second day will be programmed by the attendees. A few days before, people can book a 'Coworking 101' workshop. Another day is dedicated to the Indonesian coworking movement. You can leave Bali after exploring the island on the excursion day.
When? February 24-28, 2016
Where? On Bali (between Ubud and Denpasar) at the Green School Bali 
How much? Starting at US$ 175 (Standard Mid Price for 2 days until Jan 15), some offers also include accommodation
Language? English

GCUC South America

Brazil is the hotspot for coworking spaces in South America, and São Paulo can be called its heart. Surprisingly, there hasn't been a big coworking meet-up organized there yet. This gap will be filled in March with the South American edition of GCUC. The program will provide a conference and unconference stream. One day will also guide you to coworking spaces in São Paulo. The specific agenda is about to be announced soon.
When? March 3-4, 2016
Where? In São Paulo at the Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism (FAU) of the Cidade Universitária (USP)
How much? R$450 + R$10 ticket fee (until Jan 10) (ca. US$115)
Language: Portuguese, Spanish, English (with simultaneous translation)

Cowork 2016 (Germany)

Germany is quite decentrally organized compared to other countries, and that also can describe the organization behind the 'Cowork'. What once began as a barcamp in Wuppertal in 2011, and hosted in Stuttgart last time, is heading to Hamburg this year. Unlike other conferences, the Cowork was organized as a not-for-profit event by different and devoted coworking pioneers each year, with support of local governments. It's now coordinated under the umbrella of a common association, the German Coworking Federation. And this year, the entire event will be held in a coworking space. 
When? March 11-13, 2016
Where? In Hamburg at SHHARED (The double 'H' stands for Hansestadt Hamburg)
How much? €90,75 (Early Bird until Feb 29, 2015), €119,79
Language? German

People at Work Summit

Have you ever taken part in an online conference? This will be the first one on coworking and related topics. Unlike other conferences, it also tries to focus more on the needs and perspectives of members of coworking spaces. The get-together will run for 24 hours! All participants can also download the whole summit as souvenir for an extra fee of US$30.
When? April 21, 2016 (April 20-22, depending on your time zone)
Where? Online, you will receive a link with a 24hrs access
How much? US$99 (For every 10 tickets they sell, they’re giving away one full priced scholarship)
Language? English


The Global Coworking Conference Unconference USA is one of the two most popular coworking conferences worldwide, and the ideal spot to socialize with many coworking operators, service providers and coworking newbies from the US and around the world. The event is divided into four tracks. On the first day, newbies will get an 101 introduction into coworking, the second day will provide you with a pre-organized agenda, and the topics of the third day can be proposed by you. Eat and drink a lot on the last day, the metro area of LA is not only quite huge, but also offers a very wide range of coworking spaces which you can choose from a tour.
When? May 3-6, 2016
Where? In Los Angeles at the Steel Case Work Life Center 
How much? US$400 
Language? English

Coworking Spain Conference

For the fifth time, the event will open its doors to coworking enthusiats from Spain, and people who like to talk about Coworking in Spanish. This time it will be hosted in the event hall of CREC, a coworking space in Barcelona. An agenda will be published soon. CSC offers some coworking tours a day before the conference will begin. CREC is also a practical starting point for other tours. The cable car to the Montjuïc is located nearby, at the Paral·lel metro station.
When? May 19-21, 2016
Where? In Barcelona at CREC  
How much? Starting at €130 (Early Bird) up to €195 (Last Minute)
Language? Spanish

Coworking Switzerland

The national coworking meet-up will be held in June. This time, the organizers decided to run the whole meet-up as an unconference. There's no admission for attendees, but a registration is required.
When? June 28, 2016
Where? Ville de Fribourg, at the Safe Gallery BCF
How much? free
Language? English

Worktech Berlin

Worktech is a long running series of conferences around the globe which aims to discover and discuss the future of work. The topics focus stronger on the tech and design elements of workplaces compared to other conferences. Coworking is just one topic among others. However, this year's edition in Berlin will be the first one which is also hosted at a location with a coworking space.
When? July 6, 2016
Where? Berlin, at the Factory Berlin
How much? £269 (Early Bird, yes in Pound Sterling), €499 (Standard ticket)
Language? English

Workshift 2016

When? August 2016
Where? In Durham, at the PSI Theatre
How much? tba
Language? English
More details will be announced soon.

GCUC China

According to the organizers, the first Global Coworking Unconference Conference in China was attended by 600 people last December, and became a major event right from the beginning. The Chinese government lately initiated a change in their economic policy by empowering new services and technologies, rather than the old low-cost industry. And coworking spaces can profit from this change. There's no agenda announced yet, but the second GCUC China will take place in Beijing. And download WeChat onto your phone to stay in touch with people during and after the conference.
When? September 8, 9 & 10, 2016
Where? Bejing  
How much? Starting at US$180
Language? English, Chinese

Coworking India

The first Coworking India conference connects Indian digital communities with startup ecosystems. The two-day-event is dedicated to storytelling, discussions, sharing of best practices, co­creation workshops, peer to peer learning, and, of course, the chance to build up and collaborate on new exciting projects. With an estimated 15 million freelancers working across the country, India is second largest state of active independent workers worldwide. Making it a perfect environment to foster a new coworking industry. And coworking spaces play a vital role to support the development of the Startup Nation that India is now. The conference is organized by Social Workplace (the team behind Coworking Europe), CoworkIn and HubDhaka.
When? September 9 & 10, 2016
Where? New Delhi, at the MTV Flyp Cafe
How much? ₹ 8640 (Last Minute)
Language? English 

CU India

When? September 28 - October 1, 2016
Where? In GoaMuseum of Goa
How much? Prices start at US$ 175
Language? English
More details will be announced soon.

The Global Workspace Association Conference & Trade Show

It will be the 30th annual get-together of the GWA. The conference usually attracts many people from the traditional workspace industry, most of them are from small business centers. This has changed slightly over the past years by integrating more topics which focus on coworking spaces. Two new directors of the associaton are also founders of coworking spaces. And this year, the conference will also be produced by a former operator of a coworking space. It's a promosing mix which you can attend, as long as you don't get lost in the entertainment zoo of Las Vegas.
When? September 28 - October 1, 2016
Where? In Las Vegas at the Four Seasons Hotel 
How much? US$ 1099 for GWA members, US$1299 for non-members
Language? English

GCUC Canada

When? October 5 - 7, 2016
Where? In MontrealMontreal Science Center
How much? Currently CAN$ 425, prices will rise up after September 30, 2016
Language? English
More details will be announced soon.

CCUB - Coworking Unconference Bansko Bulgaria

Bulgaria's first Coworking Unconference is organized by Coworking Camp, a company who usually hosts coworkations in holiday spots. And that's what you also can expect in Bulgaria. The unconference will take place in Bansko, surrounded by the Pirin mountains. For the same reason, the accomodation during this weekend is included! You can reach the temporary coworking resort by a public bus connection from Sofia's airport for around €5. A private airport shuttle (€20) is also available.
When? October 7 - 9, 2016
Where? In Bansko, 4 Toma Vishanov St.
How much? €15 (Early Bird), €25 (Standard) - including accomodation for two nights
Language? English

Coworking Europe 2016 

This event can certainly be called the longest running coworking get-together, which started in Brussels in 2010 and will return to Europe's capital this year. It's also the most popular event next to GCUC USA and GCUC ChinaAttended by the most international crowdmainly but not only from Europe.
When? November 28 - 30, 2016
Where? In Brussels at BEL Brussels.
How much? Currently € 480, €530 after November 17, 2016
Language? English

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