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Jelly Coworking Meetup Electron Workshop 18 July

If you have been thinking about trying coworking, there is no better time to give it a whirl than this Friday 18 July 2014 at the regular Melbourne Jelly Meetup which once again is being held at Electron Workshop.

Electron Workshop entrance

Electron Workshop entrance

Jelly
If you aren’t sure what a Jelly (www.workatjelly.com) is, I published a post about it on 6 January 2014 – ‘Jelly provides a taste of coworking‘.

In brief, Jelly is a movement that creates the opportunity for casual #coworking at different spaces around the world on a semi regular basis.

The Jelly ‘movement’ began in February 2006 in New York City. Since then, the movement has grown and there are over 100 cities around the world that are involved.

You can find a list of participating cities from Jelly‘s wiki – wiki.workatjelly.com.

Jelly is open to anyone and it’s free!’

In my hometown Melbourne Victoria Australia there is a Jelly group available and it’s run through www.meetup.com. Here’s the link to Melbourne Jelly (via www.meetup.com).

I’ve been to a few Jelly Meetups so far. A couple last year were held at the then new ‘Collins Collective‘ coworking space, centrally located at the top end of Collins Street, Melbourne (Suite 6, Level 6 Collins Street). The others were at Electron Workshop in North Melbourne, an established and innovative coworking space run by Nick Jaffe and Martin Gleeson, which is where the event is being held this Friday.

Electron Workshop – 31 Arden Street North Melbourne

www.electronworkshop.com.au

Electron Workshop  Jelly Meetup lunch break Nick Jaffe + Jason O + Andrew Lai + Jane Deany

Electron Workshop Melbourne Jelly Meetup lunch break Nick Jaffe + Jason O + Andrew Lai + Jane Deany

I must say I met some really interesting nice people and learned a few things too.

The Space
Electron Workshop is a quiet coworking space that attracts numerous independents as well as people working in the digital media industry. It’s friendly, convenient, near great cafes, Victoria Market, not very far from public transport and has a nice relaxed vibe. Oh yes, I mustn’t forget to mention the cappuccino machine and ping pong table. They even have an in-house theatre.

… Jelly Meetupcoworking … champagne breakfast …
Electron Workshop … Friday 18 July 2014 …

This month’s Electron Workshop Jelly is extra special as they’re putting on a special champagne breakfast (RSVP needed via Melbourne Jelly Meetup and there are limited spaces).

The Jelly option is a great opportunity to trial coworking. Some people come to just get out of their office, especially home office and to have a change of pace or scene for the day or a few hours. Others jump at the chance to get fresh ideas by way of chatting to fellow ‘jelliers’.
Whatever suits you, it’s a pretty casual affair.

Jelly is open to anyone and it’s free!

Cheers, Jane Deany

Melbourne Jelly Meetup at Electron Workshop today!

There’s still time to come and try coworking today. Where you might ask? Well, down at funky Electron Workshop in North Melbourne, a really cool coworking space run by Nick Jaffe and Martin Gleeson.

Address – 31 Arden Street North Melbourne

www.electronworkshop.com.au

Coworking lunch break at park near Electron Workshop - host of May's Melbourne Jelly Meetup

Pretending to cowork but really just enjoying lunch break at park near Electron Workshop coworking space the host of May’s Melbourne Jelly Meetup. L to R- Jason O, Andrew Lai, Courtney Biggs, Jane Deany (me), Sarah Jansen & Nick Jaffe

‘Try coworking for a day
courtesy of Melbourne Jelly Meetup
and Electron Workshop

Electron Workshop entrance

Electron Workshop entrance

Jelly provides a great opportunity to checkout the coworking scene, have a change of scene from your usual coworking space, which in my case is Hub Melbourne, or simply do your work in a different location for the day or a few hours. Whatever suits you, it’s a pretty casual affair.

To find out a little bit more about Jelly coworking, you can go to –

www.workatjelly.com

www.meetup.com/melbourne-jelly (where you can join this Meetup and come to a Jelly either today or whenever you can make it)

or check out my blog post of 6 January 2014, link here ‘Jelly provides a taste of coworking‘.

Melbourne Jelly - lunch break

Melbourne Jelly lunch break (L to R) Sarah Jansen, Nick Jaffe, Jason O, Andrew Lai, Jane Deany (me) & Courtney Biggs

Some of us decided to enjoy lunch in a park around the corner and soak up the sunshine and 23c autumn day, but now it’s back to work.

I hear there’s drinks on offer around 5.30pm!

If you want to check out coworking at Electron Workshop, (a regular Jelly host), it’s a great opportunity to do so. Electron Workshop is a quiet coworking space that attracts numerous independents as well as people working in the digital media industry. It’s friendly, convenient, near great cafes, Vic Market, not too far from public transport and with a nice relaxed vibe. Oh yes, I mustn’t forget to mention the cappuccino machine and ping pong table.

Cheers, Jane Deany

International Women’s Day 2014 #IWD2014 and coworking

International Women’s Day 2014 was last Saturday, 8th March. While this important day is still fresh in our minds (well at least my mind), here are a few thoughts about women and the coworking scene. Four Melbourne inner city coworking spaces spring to mind in how they support women.

Electron Workshop North Melbourne

Electron Workshop coworking space

Electron Workshop
I visited Electron Workshop (EW), a funky coworking space in North Melbourne earlier this year and was impressed with their stylish yet functional converted warehouse style factory space. I also met the friendly owners Martin (Marty) Gleeson and Nick Jaffe and had a chat and a quick tour. Their coworking space opened in 2011, after they converted the old ‘Bulla’ (brand) cream factory.

‘Coworking spaces can be male dominated,
but are often female friendly nonetheless.’

As the conversation turned to the different coworking spaces that are popping up, I mentioned to Marty that I was intrigued with the name of a fairly new coworking space in Richmond called ‘Themanroom’. We pondered the wisdom of such a name, which I believe is a special term used by the founders, originally in their own home. However, I feel if they wish to attract women members, I wonder if there might be a better alternative. On that point, I’ve since noticed that there may be a name change in the wind for them. 1nerground (Anothermanroom) is a new business name listed at the same address as ‘Themanroom’. I’m still trying to track down the founders Chrystal and Nikos Psaltopoulos to find out more about this space which I’ve visited (nice vibe), but the members seemed to be enjoying one of the benefits of being self employed, they weren’t there! After all, it was a beautiful day outside. Stay tuned.

Fika at Hub Melbourne

Fika break at Hub Melbourne with L to R, Anetta Pizag, Ella Agren, Kathleen Asjes (hostess) and Jane Deany

The reason I mentioned this discussion about ‘themanroom’ was because it prompted Marty to tell me that EW is very pro-women, so much so that they sponsor a desk for 3-6 months for a female, to help get more women into the ICT industry, especially at the more ‘geek’ i.e. programming/development end of the spectrum. It’s a great initiative. For more information on their ‘grant’ initiative, see link here to the grants section of their website.

EW also hosts a female focused Meetup group ‘Melbourne Drupalchix‘ (for female Drupal users) which meets at Electron Workshop on a monthly basis. EW’s support of women doesn’t end there, as they provide a desk at no charge for a couple of women who are involved with the ‘Hollaback’ global movement/project which is designed to end street harassment of women. For more information see link to the www.melbourne.ihollaback.org website here.

Inspire9 Richmond

Inspire9 coworking space

Electron Workshop is also currently the ‘anchor’ venue for Jelly Meetups which provide free coworking on a semi regular basis (fortnightly/monthly) on Fridays. See my post on the ‘Jelly’ scene, link here.

Hub Melbourne
In late 2013, in Hub Melbourne‘s 2nd year of operation, a member survey was taken (Hub Health Index) and one thing I found interesting was that the balance of the sexes was almost even with 49% women to 51% men. Many coworking spaces tend to have a significantly higher percentage of men, due to the tech start-up/app developer focus of some of the spaces. I think the virtually even sex ratio of members at the Hub makes for a very real world and naturally balanced (co)working environment. Well done HubMelbourne for this achievement. 

‘WordChicks Meetup is held at York Butter Factory

York Butter Factory Melbourne

York Butter Factory coworking space

Inspire9 & York Butter Factory
To the credit of Inspire9 and York Butter Factory, each of these coworking spaces host a number of female focused Meetup groups, for example ‘Girl Geek Dinners Melbourne‘ at Inspire9 and ‘WordChicks‘ (a sub-group of WordPress Melbourne) is held at York Butter Factory.

It’s great to see women supported so well through the coworking community.

Cheers, Jane Deany