Top Coworking Conferences to Visit in 2021
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Top Coworking Conferences to Visit in 2021

Helga Moreno
Helga Moreno

The coworking industry is growing really fast these days. More entrepreneurs choose the freedom and flexibility of 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).

Benefits of Participating in the Coworking Conferences:

  1. It's a great opportunity to meet partners and investors.
  2. Learning about the latest market news and trends.
  3. Study efficient marketing strategies to finance spaces, attract new members, and achieve sustainable business growth.
  4. Of course, a conference is a source of inspiration as you hear real-life success stories and adopt best practices in your own business.

We, at andcards, don't neglect the opportunities coworking conferences reveal.

Igor Dzhebyan workshop at CWE 2019

Well, I guess now you are ready to plan your big post-coronavirus coworking events for 2021?

Updated List of Top Coworking Conferences 2021

This section features the best and most prominent events recommended for coworking space owners.

#1. Future Offices Winter 2021

January 20-21 •  Online

Future Offices Winter is a 'second to none' industry gathering thanks to executive workplace speakers from Colliers, Uber, Cisco, Zendesk, CenterPoint Energy, Avison Young, and many more. They will tackle the industry's hottest topics and trends to include:

  • Aligning Workplace Investments With Organizational Mission.
  • Hybrid And Remote Working Challenges & Successes.
  • Lessons Learned As We Navigate The Hybrid Design And Build Process.
  • Tech-led Reality: What Digital Workplace and Real Estate Necessities Prove A Return On Investment?
  • The State of Coworking, Flex Office And Shared Space.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Creating Resiliency And Its Impact On Future Profitability.
  • The Wellness-Equipped Workplace: Safety, Health, and Sustainability.

The event brings together Fortune 500 and Leading Tech corporate real estate, workplace, facility, and design experts for two days of case studies, panel discussion, keynotes, and our audience favorite round table discussions.


#2. Digital Workplace Experience

February 11 - May 13 - July 15 - October 14 •  Online

Digital Workplace Experience is a series of virtual conferences that gives you unparalleled access to the latest independent research and the people leading industry advancements. 

Here are 2021 series topics:

  • Navigating the R/Evolution of Work (Feb. 11)
  • Collaboration & the Knowledge Ecosystem in Modern Organizations (May 13)
  • Employee Experience, Digital Literacy & Workforce Skills (July 15)
  • Future Workplace: Emerging Technology, Innovation & Intelligent Platforms (October 14)     

#3. 2nd Annual Lead Workspaces Summit

February 25-26 •  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. Don’t miss this main industry event for the most recent strategic thinking, successful case studies, benchmarking opportunities, and high-level networking within the corporate real estate and workplace community.


#4. Pause Fest 2021

March 1-12 • Online

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.


#5. Cuasia Coworking Unconference Asia 2021

March 4-5 • Cyber-Hybrid Event

Coworking Unconference Asia is the first cyber-hybrid event you may want to attend. This is the premier annual event to bring together regional operators, innovators, corporate partners, financial and real estate companies, proptech startups, and the investment community to inspire rapid and mindful entrepreneurial growth in the Asia Pacific region. 

For the first time ever, CU Asia is hosted as a cyber-hybrid event. Their online event platform gives participants the opportunity to join live talks, participate in workshops, network with others, connect 1-on-1 with sponsors, and be part of unconference sessions.

With their topic-centered channels, attendees can tailor their experience to their interests. With 100+ talks, panels, and workshops there is something for everyone. Besides, they’ll host streaming meet-ups on day 2 in coworking spaces around the globe. 


#6. World Workplace Europe 2021

March 17-18 • Hybrid Event

World Workplace Europe 2021 is the original all-encompassing learning and networking event on facilities and how to manage them. There’s program value for FM professionals at every point of their careers and across all types of facilities. 

This is the largest and most well-respected conference for facility management and related stakeholders in the region. Held annually, World Workplace Europe facilitates idea-sharing and knowledge-exchange between professionals who support and sustain the built environment to ensure smarter, more efficient, healthier, and safer facilities.

As a hybrid event, World Workplace Europe 2021 will accommodate virtual learning and in-person connections.

  • All educational sessions will be presented online live and recorded so that delegates can view them at their convenience.
  • Three World Workplace Europe hubs will stream live sessions simultaneously from different locations. Those in the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain can attend the local live event to network safely, participate in break-out sessions, and join facility tours.

#7. Gartner Digital Workplace Summit

April 26-27 • Online

Gartner Digital Workplace Summit is a perfect place to advance your thinking as a strategic leader with the skills and knowledge to develop the digital workplace needed to productively thrive in digital business. Here you can bring your vision to life with the best mix of insights and research-backed sessions to help you cut through the hype and dive deeper into areas that drive results. 

This conference is designed for:

  • Digital workplace leaders
  • Architects
  • IT leadership
  • Application leaders

The event gives access to more than 50 hours of the latest Gartner research specifically designed to help digital workplace leaders accelerate workplace productivity and agility. Each topic discussion helps you deliver on what matters most to you and your organization.


#8. Flexible Space Association Annual Conference & Exhibition 2021

May 18 • London

After the necessary cancellation of the 2020 Conference due to the Coronavirus crisis, Flexible Space Association is planning on the 2021 Conference being the best one yet. They are going to bring together speakers with industry expertise to inform delegates on a wide range of flexible workspace issues. 

More details will be available towards the end of the year, but for now, you can make a note in your diary to keep the date free for this event.


#9. WORKSPACE

May 31 - June 2 • Dubai

WORKSPACE is the platform where you will find products and solutions dedicated to the commercial interiors industry. Whether it is for the workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and educational spaces, the event gives you unparalleled access to regional and international brands and the latest and most innovative solutions.

This is the only commercial interiors trade exhibition in the GCC bringing together a full range of office products while inspiring new-design thinking through dedicated workplace seminars and experiences. This event exists to ensure you’re fully equipped to meet the growing demand for new, innovative, safe, and flexible office interior solutions.


#10. Futurebuild 2022

March 1-3 • 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:

  • Buildings,
  • Energy,
  • Critical Infrastructure,
  • Interiors,
  • Offsite,
  • and Resourceful Materials.

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Did you find some of the events on my list worth a visit? Don't forget to tell your friends about the biggest coworking events in 2021 as planning the coming exciting 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, sign up for our newsletter and you'll be aware of the latest updates.

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