Close to 20 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.
The development of coworking in India
For outsiders, here is a reminder of what coworking is :
The concept is simple : professionals from different working areas, independent workers, nomad workers and entrepreneurs find themselves in the same physical space to work on their own projects.
They don’t only seek to break with their isolation and to find an alternative solution to their home office or to the company office they are used to work from; But also to belong to a community of individuals who are open to exchange ideas, and eventually, who are ready to collaborate.
India has seen a significant economic growth in the recent years specially in the digital and e-commerce sector.
The Indian freelance economy has exploded with an estimated of 15 million freelancers operating in the country making India second only to the United States in terms of independent workers.
The startup ecosystem is flourishing like it hasn’t before thanks to different factors: The growth of internet and smartphones. The number of big wins in companies on e-commerce which have attracted the investment. The positive macro-environment. And the country has become the house of Google, Intel, IBM or Microsoft establishing their headquarters.
Nowadays startups are sprouting around the country as well as an increase in freelance and remote jobs. Tons of coworking spaces have pop up playing a vital role helping startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs to succeed.
Coworking offers connectivity solutions, affordable space, networking through events and mentoring programs. It directly contributes to the growth of the Indian businesses particularly in areas of development.
Getting rid of the confusion between Coworking and « office sharing »
The coworking concept, is not limited to the sharing of a facility.
It’s based on the emergence of a new type of interpersonal relationships and on the development of exchange communities, with people sharing values of openness, collaboration and readiness for change.
Nowadays, Coworking spaces are reflective of the emergence of new models and new expectations in the business world and in the society in general. The movement represents a wide variety of styles. It reaches out and is expanding to new audiences.
All over the world, public institutions and companies are starting to consider Coworking as a source of inspiration in order to implement new working, innovation and collaboration approaches.
As of today, coworking spaces host thousands of entrepreneurs, independents and nomad workers already. They will soon host tens or hundreds of thousands them.
A very impactful trend
Coworking paves the way for tectonic changes in our modern economies.
The concept and values of coworking are shaping the patterns of change in areas as broad as :
- Mobility management
- Transformation of the office furniture market
- Entrepreneurship development
- Evaluation of the demand in public transportation
- Innovation in the corporate sector
- Development of digital and mobile technologies
- Human resources management
- Evolution of the office space design and facility management
- Revival of urban areas
- Development of rural areas
- Development of new ecosystems of innovation
- And countless other impacts