The coworking sector is growing faster than ever as it steps up to fill the new demand created by a broader move towards hybrid and flexible working models. That means there’s more news than ever to keep up with and a bigger community to engage with. And, while both of those things are possible online – by subscribing to newsletters, following industry experts, and keeping an eye on the top blogs – there’s no better way to stay up to date than by attending coworking events and conferences in person.
Here’s a rundown of eight of the best coworking industry events to consider attending in 2023, spanning the UK and beyond.
9th-10th May 2023 | Complejo La Petxina, Valencia | Link: coworkingspainconference.es/en
If you’re looking for something a little more international – CWSC is perfect for you. Known as the most important coworking event in Spain, CWSC is a two-day event held in May that attracts expert speakers from all over the world. It’s focused on coworking and coliving solutions, and planned talks for this year’s event cover topics such as expansion strategy, how to manage historic buildings, and the trend towards space as a service. It doesn’t hurt that you’re able to soak up a bit of sun while you learn, too.
23rd May 2023| etc. Venues County Hall, London | Link: https://www.flexsa.co.uk/event-post/flexible-space-association-conference-exhibition-2023
The Flexible Space Association’s (FlexSA) annual conference will also be returning this year. Taking place on the 23rd May and to be held in etc. Venues County Hall in London, it’s set to be one of the highlights of the year in the UK flexible workspace sector. Offering opportunities to catch up with industry peers, hear from leading figures and experts, and learn about product and service developments, it’s an all-rounder event that can deliver plenty of value.
7th-9th June 2023| Dublin | Link: bco.org.uk/conference
BCO, or the British Council for Offices, hold an annual conference that’s returning to Dublin in 2023. A three-day event with countless talks, workshops, and seminars, supplemented with other fun activities including tours of nearby buildings, drinks receptions, and after-show parties, it mixes learning and networking in the most seamless way.
2nd – 3rd November 2023 | London | Link: uk.gcuc.co
GCUC are bringing their giant annual conference back in 2023, it will be held at Convene, Bishopsgate, London. Comprising of keynote speeches, networking and panel sessions, coworking tours, and VIP dinners, attending GCUC is a way to get unrivalled insights into the coworking and flexspace sectors. You can sign up for email updates from GCUC to be one of the first to know when tickets are announced for the event on their website.
15th – 17th November 2023 | Czech Republic | Link: luxatiainternational.com
This is the 8th FUTURE Workplaces Summit and is being in Prague. This edition will focus on the latest developments in the infrastructure of digital workplaces, modern office design, human centricity, principles of sustainable design, methods for maximizing space usage, and optimal strategies for creating versatile and motivational work environments.
This hybrid event will bring together digital workplace experts, corporate real estate managers, architects, designers, infrastructure management specialists, technology solution providers and other industry professionals to discuss the best practices, success factors and latest technological advancements through practical case studies. Leading professionals from global brands will be attending to share their knowledge and expertise on the latest trends in workspace design, automation and AI, employee engagement, remote work arrangements and many other important topics.
28th-29th November 2023 | Porto | Link: coworkingeurope.net
Another one for the jet-setters, Coworking Europe is this year being held in Porto. Set to take place in late November, it will bring together experts, business leaders, and stakeholders from across the coworking industry for two days of focused shared learning. There are tens of talks to be held over the event, with speakers including senior figures from Startway, The Social Hub, and Mindspace.
Date TBC | Venue TBC | Link: workspace.propertyweek.com
Another conference yet to be confirmed but still expected to make an appearance in the 2023 coworking event circuit is the WorkSpace Conference. Pioneered by Property Week, the WorkSpace Conference in 2021 ran alongside another event called AVWorks. The former featured a roster of speakers and seminars spanning a broad range of coworking topics, while the latter focused on the role technology can play in delivering innovative physical experiences in the flexspace sector. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the 2023 conference soon.
Ongoing | London | Link: londoncoworkingassembly
While not a single fixed event, the London Coworking Assembly regularly hosts events relating to all things coworking and flexible working. Their event calendar presents constant opportunities for engagement with the industry throughout the year, so keep an eye on their upcoming events and attend one that suits you!
Ongoing | Europe | Link: coworkingassembly
Similarly to the London Coworking Assembly, the European Coworking Assembly host a range of diverse events throughout the year to cater for coworking operators, owners, investors, and more. Keeping an eye on their website, or following them on social media, is a great way to stay tuned in for events that suit you in the future.
TBC 2024 | London | Link: eOfficeNetwork
Started in 2014, the Coworking London Conference has evolved into an intimate event for global coworking operators and flex space experts to connect, share knowledge and foster relationships. It is a great place to connect with workplace specialists, operators, landlords, decision-makers and trendsetters within Europe’s fastest growest sub-sector: flexspace. Topics discussed include the current and upcoming trends, predicted future directions and data & research on the future of work.