Coworking world hots up in Melbourne, Sydney & Adelaide

If you are coworking already or thinking about it, there’s never been a better time to try it out.

Three Melbourne CBD based coworking spaces held special events yesterday and I participated in all of the them. The spaces involved were –

The Spaces

  • Hub Melbourne, who has not long ago celebrated its 3rd year of operation
  • The Village, which opened its doors to NAB business customers in February this year
  • Queens Collective, who officially open next week.

Friday 27 June 2014 Coworking Events
Hub Australia
Hub Melbourne, where I #cowork, together with the two other Hub Australia coworking spaces in Sydney and Adelaide, held an open house event where there was free coworking for the day.

Hub Melbourne - Friday Wine Down drinks

Hub Melbourne – Friday Wine Down drinks

Lots of people took the opportunity to try out the Hub and #coworking. Quite a few decided they liked it so much, they joined there and then. I believe Hub will run the event again (possibly on an ongoing basis), so keep an eye out for further opportunities to try coworking at the Hub. Follow them on Twitter @HubMelbourne .

The day wrapped up in the usual way with Hub’s weekly 4pm open house tour of the space, then ‘wine down’ drinks for #coworkers and visitors.

Drinks at wine down are always a lot of fun, and last night was no exception.

Pam Votscos and Tim Mahlberg at high tea at The Village, 27 June 2014

Pam Votscos and Tim Mahlberg at The Village

NAB’s ‘The Village’
Earlier in the day, I headed over to NAB’s The Village at 700 Bourke Street, which is a new coworking space for NAB’s business customers.

The Village offers a different membership concept to traditional coworking spaces, so best to speak to Tim Mahlberg The Village host or Jen Klop The Village‘s co-host for more details of how to qualify for membership etc..

The Village held another of their many social gatherings. Yesterday’s event was a semi traditional high tea to farewell The Village‘s first co-host Pam Voltscos and welcome her replacement Jene-lynn Klop. It was a slightly more female focused event, but not entirely.

One of The Village members called ‘Sister Works‘ was there with a wide range of hand made gifts and jewellery to sell.

NAB's The Village member Sister Works project - high tea 27 June 2014

NAB’s The Village member ‘Sister Works’ project at high tea 27 June 2014

As always, the event was lots of fun. Sometimes there’s ‘Decanter Banter’ around 4.30pm, aka Friday drinks. Not sure if that happened yesterday as I wanted to rush back to the Hub for 5pm wine down drinks to meet some of the Open House visitors, and catch up with some of my fellow coworkers, before heading off, with quite a group of Hubbers, to the launch of the newest coworking space in town …

Queens Collective
Welcome and good luck to Queens Collective, run by Sean Qian (who also opened Collins Collective in the second half of last year). Sean ran a big launch party last night, with hundreds of guests and it was a really fun night indeed. I met Sean last year at Collins Collective (in Collins Street, Paris end), where he was hosting a Jelly Meetup (see separate post of 6 January 2014).

Sean and I are co-organisers of the Jelly Meetup group (again, see separate post of 6 January 2014).

Sean Qian (check shirt) at his Queens Collective coworking space launch party June 2014

Sean Qian (check shirt) at his Queens Collective coworking space launch party

Sean has partnered with General Assembly (GA), Start Up Grind and Uber. GA will run tech/web related courses out of the large Queens Collective space which is at Level 1, 20 Queens Street Melbourne.

Jane Deany aka me at Little Temper Hawthorn 27 June 2014

Jane Deany aka me at local cafe Little Temper Hawthorn 27 June 2014

New Financial Year
It’s 1 July next week, you could kick off the new financial year with an investment in your future by trying this new(ish) way of working.

‘…there’s never been a better
time to try coworking…’

Cafes!
What’s an alternative to coworking? Sitting at home being distracted and alone, or maybe going to a cafe, but you can’t sit there all day and of course, it’s not necessarily the quietest or most private option. I absolutely love my cool cafe coffee, but how many coffees can you have in a day after all!

Coworking
So what are you waiting for? Give coworking a try … it’s fantastic! Cheers, Jane Deany

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