Top Coworking Conferences to Visit in 2020-2021 (Updated List)
The coworking industry is growing really fast these days. More entrepreneurs choose the freedom and flexibility of the coworking spaces. We can even notice certain business trends aiming to provide a personalized approach to members' needs.
For instance, digital nomads and people on workation may use a rural coworking, some women entrepreneurs prefer special amenities of female-centric coworkings, niche professionals like to work in the like-minded people environments, such as coworkings for chefs, coworkings for pet-supplies entrepreneurs, and so on.
The industry is getting more competitive. Being an ambitious coworking space owner you surely want not only to keep your business afloat but grow and scale it. Coworking business success depends on many aspects. Tracking the global trends, technical innovations, promotion, networking, and partnership are some of them.
Visiting coworking conferences is a great way to keep yourself in excellent business shape (even if they are online due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
- It's a great opportunity to meet partners and investors.
- Learning about the latest market news and trends.
- Study efficient marketing strategies to finance spaces, attract new members, and achieve sustainable business growth.
- Of course, a conference is a source of inspiration as you hear real-life success stories and adopt best practices in your own business.
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Well, I guess now you are ready to plan your big post-coronavirus coworking events 2020-2021?
This section features the best and most prominent events recommended for coworking space owners.
July 24 • Online
All of us got used to solving problems, negotiating with partners, and even running businesses online during the period of COVID-19 isolation and social distancing. It is still recommended to start small, so the first event on our updated list will be carried out online by coworking storyteller and content strategist Cat Johnson.
Her Convo is a free, informal, community conversation with fellow workspace operators and coworking pros. The event is targeted at coworking space operators, community managers, workspace marketing pros, and teams.
You'll get helpful tips and insights from several workspace operators and industry pros. Then you’ll have the possibility to take part in the conversation, share questions, ideas, and resources on coworking culture and community topics.
August 4-5 • Online
Future Offices Summer 2020 Online invites you to join the hub and learn from experts at the Best Places to Work, Fastest Growing Brands & Most Innovative Technologies. This year, they will be tackling the hottest industry topics, including:
- Strategies to Get Employees to Feel Confident About Going Back to the Workplace
- Rebalancing of the Workplace from Individual Work to Collaboration/Social Space
- How to Deliver Meaningful and Impactful “Virtual” Experiences
- Remote Working Strategy and Technology
- Creating Inclusivity through the New-normal Space and Belonging
- Aging Facilities, the Densified Workplace, Flex Office and Coworking
- Facility and Workplace Cleanliness
- Real Estate Strategy, Design and Build
A rare online event brings together Fortune 500 and tech corporate real estate, workplace, facility, and design leaders for two days to share and discuss case studies and keynotes.
September 3-4 • Amsterdam
Ulead is conducting LEAD Workspaces Summit to explore and understand how workspaces will evolve in the future and how it will impact the business and help people and organizations be more effective. Global level speakers will tackle the challenges you are facing and outline the opportunities surrounding employee experience, interior design, portfolio management, coworking, technology, and of course sustainability and wellness.
The Summit content is interspersed with a perfect networking opportunity to maximize your chance to establish new partnerships and connections as well as to enjoy your time in Amsterdam among your industry peers.
September 14-17 • Paris
The Paris Real Estate Week is a business rebound triggering event that will gather international real estate leaders aiming to reconnect, benefit from timely content and prepare future investment strategies to facilitate the recovery of the property industry.
Here are five key topics the Paris Real Estate Week offers through thought-inspiring keynotes, conference sessions, and networking events:
- Urban Environment
September 17 • Singapore
WORKTECH20 SMARTBUILDINGS Singapore is the conference for all those involved in the future of work and the workplace as well as real estate, technology, and innovation.
SMARTBUILDINGS one day Conference and Innovations Exhibition explores how new technologies are shaping the built environment and the new world of work. Leading thinkers and industry practitioners get together to debate trends and explore the best ways to enhance assets of space, technology, and people.
They share new global case studies and offer insight into the latest thinking around Workplace Apps, Property Technology, Connected Urban Environments, 5G, Sensors, Cloud and Mobile Technology, AI, AR, and more along with opportunities these technologies provide for business leaders and their organizations.
If you are interested in saving operational cost or increasing building efficiency, enhancing workplace wellbeing and increasing employee productivity, you can join 150+ senior professionals from CRE, IT, FM, HR, architecture, and design to listen to global thought leaders, further their knowledge and share best practice and expertise.
September 25 • London
IWFM conference is the workplace and facilities management event of the year. Bringing together leading insights and ideas from inside and outside the profession, IWFM Conference tackles the sector’s greatest opportunities and challenges, equipping attendees with the tools and inspiration to seize FM’s workplace opportunity.
October 7 - 9 • Amsterdam
Smart Workspace Design Summit is aimed at working out strategies to drive productivity by creating a healthy work environment.
The summit offers:
- 400+ most talented attendees on-site and online
- Site visits to the coolest offices around
- 30+ inspirational speakers
- In-depth workshop sessions
- 20+ supporting partners, sponsors, and exhibitors
October 18 - 21 • Seattle
The Global Coworking Unconference Conference is the largest coworking conference series in the world.
The “GCUC experience” goes like this:
- four exhilarating days full of keynotes,
- an “un”conference,
- panel sessions,
- group dinners,
- and a partner showcase.
A crowd is a diverse group of people who’ve come from far and wide. The GCUC is the best match for the corporate executives, entrepreneurs, designers, coworking space owners, real estate visionaries and industry enthusiasts who converge to talk about ideas and insights, big and small, as they build the future of work together.
November 9-10 • NYC
Propel by MIPIM NYC is the meeting place for the game-changers who aim at building a sustainable, desirable, and prosperous environment.
Propel by MIPIM focuses on such topics:
- and user experience.
Because these components are key in the editorial and commercial approach.
By discovering and bringing to life local ecosystems, they aim at developing a better understanding of what is a stake in different areas of the globe when it comes to the transformation of the built environment. By gathering these local ecosystems during major international gatherings, they are giving maximum impact to ideas, projects, and solutions that are worth of prominent exposure.
November 25-27 • Vienna
Coworking Europe 2020 is an annual conference no coworking space operator can miss as it features the rise of coworking. 600 attendees from all around Europe, North America and beyond, will gather during two days at the Vienna International Center, also known as UNO City. On Day 3 there will be an off-site in Vienna’s twin city Bratislava.
More than fifty speakers and panelists will share their thoughts and best practices with an audience made out of coworking space operators, facility managers, real estate pundits as well as city councils representatives, public development agencies, universities, or startup incubator managers. We are coming, and you?
December 1-2 • Hong Kong
The MIPIM Asia Summit is a great place for top-level real estate professionals from all sectors to build partnerships, gain industry insight and discover the most outstanding projects through a world-class program dedicated to inbound and outbound property investment, regional development opportunities and retail real estate.
The MIPIM Asia Summit also hosts the MIPIM Asia Gala Dinner, which is a celebration gathering 300 of the most influential real estate professionals to honor and reward the property industry's best and brightest projects in Asia-Pacific.
January 19–21 • Berlin
The 2021 Summit is the essential corporate real estate event. If you are ready to join your tribe and rethink the future of real estate with thoughtful reasoning that moves beyond adaptation to building resilience, you should probably grab your ticket.
Here is the event agenda available at the moment:
- More than 100 speakers
- More than 40 learning experiences
- Two inspirational general sessions
- Networking breakfasts, lunches and evening receptions
- Off-site learning excursions
February 3-5 • Melbourne
Pause Fest is the world's leading festival for business and creativity. It's an independent, industry-driven movement with a mission to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation forward.
Over the course of nine years, the event has seen 80,000 movers, shakers, and creative change-makers come through its doors. Pause Fest is described as 'Innovation Capital', **'Octoberfest for business', and 'Woodstock for digital natives’. In **2020 they welcomed over 9,000 attendees and 10,000 online live viewers from across the world.
March 2-4 • London
In 2021 Futurebuild will remain true to the roots of ecobuild and become the event having a higher purpose to be a catalyst for change. Their passion for innovation and real change will extend beyond the world-class knowledge program, across the entire exhibition floor, and showcase innovation like never before.
The knowledge program and exhibition will unite to provide education and solutions to address the biggest challenges facing the built environment, in six stages:
- Critical Infrastructure,
- and Resourceful Materials.
March 1-5 • Vietnam
Coworking Unconference Asia is a community for community builders. While diving deeper into how the community is done well, they’re considering how the coworking world can leverage technology to build human relationships and therefore build better businesses. Another point of interest is how to move beyond the artificial world of the “social network” into a world of impact, meaningful connections.
If those issues resonate with your business and personal mission, join the interactive community of Cuasia to create a new world of living, working, and learning differently.
March 17-19 • Amsterdam
World Workplace Europe 2021 is the most longstanding and credible learning and networking event for facility management and related professions. World Workplace facilitates idea-sharing and knowledge-exchange between all professionals related to the work environment.
The event is the gold standard for discovering new ideas and technologies impacting the European FM industry. Educational sessions will be categorized under topic tracks, including research and development, business, and education.
Interactive workshops and panel discussions allow delegates to actively participate in building FM proficiency. Delegates won’t just acquire the latest facility management innovations and insights, they will work together to create, share, and discover their own.
May 19-21 • Toronto
The organizers of the BCO Annual Conference 2021 will be asking key developers about how the office industry will change. In particular, you will hear about potential disrupters that could drive wholly new office building designs and radically alter social environments.
You'll also listen to leading occupiers, who will speak about whether workplaces are meeting their current and, of course, future needs. Together, guests will examine the importance of creating a sense of place in a world moving at dizzying speed.
Meanwhile, afternoon tours will show the city’s thriving commercial heart. But it’s not all work, there’ll be the cycling challenge, deep lake fishing, and golf all ahead of our first day. Evenings will be spent eating the city’s world-leading, multicultural cuisine and enjoying vibrant bars with vistas that look across Toronto.
Did you find some of the events on my list worth a visit? You are welcome to share your favorites in the comments. Don't forget to tell your friends about the biggest coworking events 2020 - 2021 as planning the coming exiting experience together is even more enjoyable.
As you understand, this recap is not exhaustive, I am going to add new items as soon as they appear. Stay tuned and you'll be aware of the latest updates👌.