Crowd-sourced feedback & lessons learned from the Coworking Europe 2017 conference.
We have only been back from Coworking Europe in Dublin for a week, and already the community connection feels tighter than ever!
There were understandably people who could not make it this year, and who were sorely missed, but those that came definitely bonded more than ever.
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It’s no secret that last year was a tough year for Coworking Europe, but it turned out to be a growing pain, as we said in our conference survival guide before we set off for Dublin the mood is high and support for the event is generous.
When we got to Dublin people seemed determined to make it work across WhatsApp groups, Copass Camp, Slack Channels and social media there was a nonstop flurry of banter and communication. So much so that on one of the nights, when Alice Cooper announced an extra gig a bunch of us closed our laptops, put down our Guinness glasses, and shot over to rock out.
The event attracted both a host of new faces; and many long time attendees who had all travelled in to learn about each other’s communities and challenges.
The first day, was opened and hosted by Alex who made sure both new and previous attendees felt equally welcomed. The schedule for the day started with a series of keynote talks and panels on topics like the growing coworking scene in Dublin and the latest EU coworking stats from DeskMag’s Coworking Survey, before splitting into three tracks namely ‘Impact’, ‘Business / Operations’ and ‘Trends’.
The second day was run as an ‘un-conference’, where attendees suggested sessions and volunteered to run them. Think of it as attendee generated conference scheduling. These sessions were then split across five time slots throughout the day and topics ranged from software, community, real estate, rural coworking, small workspace challenges. Hector even co-hosted an un-conference session on coworking management software, which allowed 30+ community operators to openly vent about their issues with existing software in the same room as many of the world’s best coworking software developers.
The final day was the conference’s “experimental day”, where they tested out new interactive content like a live ‘Coworking Doctors’ panel, an interesting €1,000 pitching competition and live-streamed their conference content for the very first time.
The event ended with a closing party sponsored by 1Tap who gave away a brand new iPad to a lucky attendee during the party.