Co-working spaces offer a lot to their members: collaboration, community, coffee (and beer!). The industry has mushroomed into a movement aimed at just about anyone looking to get out and meet others while working. Let’s explore the Bay Area’s co-working spaces representing at #NewCoSF and #NewCoOAK, October 5th-8th.
Oakland-based coworking spaces make a great impact on the local community. For example, Youth Impact Hub “provides a collaborative workspace for youth social innovators, offering programming and community networking while engaging businesses, agencies and organizations to support community led change.” On October 8th, get into Youth Impact Hub, “learn how young people in Oakland are leading the way through social enterprise development and explore how adults and businesses can support the growth of a sustainable future that includes and benefits everyone.”
The Port Workspaces is “a supportive community of entrepreneurs, artists, chefs, makers and professionals sharing four historic Oakland buildings.” At Port, they “mix coworking with cooking,” according to Berkeley Side, and the results are delicious, “Port Workspaces have opened a unique kitchen co-working space. Called the Port Kitchens, this collaborative kitchen space is part of The Port’s newest co-working office space on the floor below. Port Kitchens offers a more modern, technology-aided collaboration between entrepreneurs.” On October 8th, go to Port and discover, “a better way to work, network and cultivate a community.”
Tech Liminal invites “invite technology experts, business professionals, community leaders and students to collaborate and learn together.” According to KALW, co-working spaces like Tech Liminal have become quite popular in recent years, “Instead of working alone, independent workers—freelancers, contractors, independent consultants and temps—are increasingly joining co-working spaces. These are collaborative work environments where independents can rent desk and meeting space down to the hour. Roughly like a gym membership, at co-working spaces, you pack your laptop instead of your sweats.” The lure of co-working space is the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in other industries. On October 8th, do just that. Visit Tech Liminal for a panel discussion moderated by Tech Liminal’s founder, Anca Mosoiu and made up of diverse group of founders, designers, and programmers. Get to the bottom of “How to distinguish between a technical problem and product-market fit, and, why using technology can be so complicated.”
WeWork is on a mission “To create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living.” With multiple WeWork locations in the Bay Area, you’ll have double the opportunity to explore the space at #NewCoSF and #NewCoOAK. On October 7th, get inside WeWorkSF and learn how the shared economy affects individuals. On October 8th, go behind the scenes at WeWork Berkeley and “learn how everything WeWork does is designed to build community.
San Francisco is home to many co-working spaces as well. Take Westfield Labs. They’re “committed to transforming emerging ideas and technologies into viable businesses that move the retail industry forward.” Westfield Labs knows, “as the retail landscape continues to evolve, the future of the industry lies in the convergence of the digital and physical retail space, which is where Westfield Labs enters the scene.” On October 6th, get inside Westfield Labs and explore its location on the apex of “ the global hub of innovation and the development of digital technology.”
PCH believes, “If it can be imagined, it can be made.” As featured in Tech Crunch, founder and CEO Liam Casey, aka Mr. China, “sources, designs and manufactures custom hardware for Fortune 500 companies and startups in Shenzhen. Before founding PCH in 1996, however, he spent 10 years in the fashion business. Now Casey is excited to see a “renaissance in prototyping” that makes creating hardware prototypes almost as easy as sewing fabric into garments.” On October 6th, join PCH Lime Lab Co-founder, Kurt Dammermann in a discussion about “what’s fueling the renaissance in hardware, as well as trends in the connected device marketplace (IoT).”
Lemnos Labs knows “hardware startups require capital and hands-on expertise,” and they blend the best elements of a seed stage firm and incubator. Lemnos Lab’s hardware-focused warehouse is not typically open to the public (though you can get a sneak peak in this Tech Crunch video), but, on October 7th, get “a rare look inside an incubator not typically open to the public and hear directly from Lemnos Founding Partner Jeremy Conrad about the various hardware startups in the company’s portfolio and the emerging hardware startups trends Lemnos is seeing in San Francisco.
Get inside these and other innovative organizations changing the way we work and live at #NewCoSF and #NewCoOAK, October 5th-8th.