It’s that time of year again – the time where coworking leaders scour the internet and tap into their networks to find the very best coworking conferences to attend.
This year, we have another jam-packed list of coworking and flex space conferences to attend in 2024. We’ve included some heavy-hitting classics like GCUC and GWA, along with some lesser-known hidden gems for you to check out.
Use this list to help you figure out your shortlist for the coworking conferences in 2024 that you’ll be attending.
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1. Space UK
January 24, 2024 | London, UK | BUY TICKETS
Best for: Established coworking networks and those looking ahead to future commercial property trends in the flex real estate industry.
Space UK is the premiere event for forward thinking property owners and investors who are interested in workplace innovation. Hosted by Space+, the event includes dozens of speakers along with a variety of topics covering:
- Unique and emerging business models in the world of real estate
- Mega trends of 2024 influencing investment opportunities
- Insights and learnings from success stories in the industry
- Premier technology powering the future of work
Along with covering these topics in detail, expect panel discussions and plenty of opportunity to network and connect with fellow attendees on all things in the evolving landscape of facilities management.
2. Workspace Design Show
February 27-28, 2024 | London, UK | REGISTER FOR FREE
Best for: Anyone interested in how to optimize the workplace design for maximum productivity and well-being
The Workspace Design Show is the UK’s leading workspace interiors exhibition. It’s a popular choice amongst architects, designers, developers, consultants, and anyone involved in shaping the future of the workplace.
The event website lists some incredible reasons to attend, including:
- Unique insights and insightful discussions from over 120 thought leaders
- Networking opportunities with nearly 4,000 fellow industry leaders
- Introduction to over 300 innovative products and the latest technology that are transforming how we work
If you’re interested in intentionally designing the optimal workspace of the future, then there will be much for you to explore at this workplace event. You may also enjoy these 15 design ideas for your coworking space.
3. London Coworking Assembly Breakfast Show
February 27-28, 2024 | London, UK | RSVP
Best for: Workspace Design Show attendees who want to share insights, learn, and connect with other workspace operators.
In London for the Workspace Design Show? Stop by one of the two breakfasts held by the London Coworking Assembly on February 27th or 28th from 9:30 to 11 am before heading off to the conference.
It’s a great chance to meet other coworking operators outside of the formal work conference setting to share insights about the industry. Best part is, it’s completely free to attend.
4. Coworking Alliance Summit
March 6, 2024 | Virtual | LEARN MORE
Best for: Coworking space operators, thought leaders, and decision makers who want to be intentional in how they’re shaping the future.
The Coworking Alliance Summit is an annual event that engages coworking space operators, thought leaders, and industry professionals in thoughtful conversation around the issues affecting the coworking movement.
The event was established in 2020 by Ashley Proctor of Creative Blueprint and Coworking Canada, and Hector Kolonas of Syncaroo and This Week in Coworking.
This year, the three-hour event will be held in early March. It’s also important to note that the Coworking Alliance Summit is advertised as a “participatory event”, meaning attendees should come prepared ready to share ideas with the community.
5. GCUC North America
April 9-11, 2024 | Salt Lake City, UT | BUY TICKETS
April 9-11, 2024 | Salt Lake City, UT | BUY TICKETS
Best for: North American coworking owners and operators who want to attend the premiere event in the industry.
GCUC North America is one of the most highly anticipated coworking conferences in 2024. At GCUC, you can connect with other coworking operators, tap into the greater coworking community, explore local coworking spaces, and learn from the top minds in the flexible workspace industry.
The conference stretches across three days. Here is a breakdown of what those three days may look like.
- Day 1: a full day of learning with two different curriculums, one for those new to coworking and one for seasoned pros.
- Day 2: consists of “thought-provoking, educational, and future of work shaping content”, along with a showcase highlighting the best in coworking software, design, and more.
- Day 3 is a flex day where attendees can choose between live sessions, demos, tours of local spaces, and more.
Speakers for 2024 have yet to be announced. Past speakers have included coworking legends like Jamie Russo, CEO at Everything Coworking, Jason Anderson, President at Venture X & Office Evolution, and Jamie Hodari, CEO and Cofounder at Industrious.
6. Coworking Spain
May 28-29, 2024 | Madrid, Spain | BUY TICKETS
Best for: European-based coworking and coliving operators who want to connect with like-minded individuals.
Coworking Spain, the annual two-day coworking and coliving conference, is back again, this time in Madrid.
The event features keynotes from speakers around the globe including coworking consultant Mark Navarro, with many more to be announced in the coming months.
Last year, the conference covered topics around:
- Creating a hybrid coworking environment
- Space as a service and growth opportunities in the industry
- Top 10 most common questions (and answers) when managing a coworking space
Attending the Coworking Spain conference can be an excellent opportunity to gain insights into the local and European coworking market, network with peers, and learn about the latest trends and best practices in coworking.
7. The Future of Work Series – USA
June 3-4, 2024 | New York, New York | BUY TICKETS
Best for: Operators who want to be on the cutting edge of workplace trends, and better understand how to incorporate these trends into their spaces.
The Future of Work Series is a global network of conferences dedicated to unpacking the latest trends and strategies within the evolving landscape of the Future of Work. It includes conferences in Canada, the USA, Europe, and more.
These conferences cover a wide variety of topics related to the future of work, making this workplace event a great option for those wanting to educate themselves on trends shaping the coworking sector and the modern workplace.
The Future of Work Series USA event will cover topics such as:
- Solving the hybrid work conundrum
- The impact of generative AI on the future of work
- Digital technology to enhance the workspace and human connection
While this event is geared more towards hybrid work and corporate professionals, it may be a good event to consider if you’re simply looking for networking opportunities with other industry professionals outside of the coworking movement.
8. GWA Immersive 2024
May 8-9, 2024 | Nashville, Tennessee | LEARN MORE
Best for: Flex space owners and operators who are interested in an intimate conversation on emerging real estate trends.
Immersive is an annual gathering for flexible space owners and operators put on by the Global Workspace Association (GWA).
The two-day event typically features breakout sessions on hot topics like enterprise technology, sales, and hospitality, as well as tours of local spaces, all designed with coworking owners in mind.
If you’re a coworking operator or one of the many community managers looking for events specific to the sector then this coworking conference is for you.
9. GCUC APAC
August 2024 | TBD | LEARN MORE
Best for: Coworking and flex space operators in Asia who are interested in learning more about the unique challenges facing the APAC market.
Along with GCUC North America, GCUC has announced two other global coworking unconferences in 2024. One of these not-to-be-missed events is the annual GCUC APAC conference.
Last year, this four-day virtual coworking conference covered real estate, technology, wellness, and best in class ecosystems, across each of those four days.
Details for this year’s event have yet to be announced, though we may expect it to be in a similar format. Subscribe to their mailing list to be first in line when details are announced.
10. The GWA Conference
September 10-13, 2023 | Phoenix, Arizona | BUY TICKETS
Best for: North American coworking space owners and operators who want to connect with industry leaders and be part of a collaborative community.
The GWA Conference is a significant event put on every year by the Global Workspace Association. It features keynote speakers, curated events, and plenty of opportunities for networking with others in the industry.
This event caters specifically to those in the coworking industry, making it an excellent choice for any kind of coworking space or flex space owner or operator.
Speakers for this year’s event have yet to be announced, though previous year’s speakers included representatives from Instant Offices, JLL, Cushman Wakefield, and more.
11. Coworking Europe
October 2024 | TBD
Best for: European coworking and flex space operators who want to better understand their unique market and challenges.
Coworking Europe is the premiere destination for European coworking space owners and operators to learn about what’s happening in and around the industry. Their annual multi-day conference includes tours of local coworking and coliving spaces as well as talks on a variety of subject matters.
Last year’s talks covered topics like:
- Main trends in the European coworking market and what to expect in 2024
- How ChatGPT can help coworking spaces drive marketing success
- How coworking can provide part of the remedy to the great resignation wave
With speakers from companies like The Commons, Cushman & Wakefield, and The Instant Group, there’s a lot to learn at this well-crafted coworking conference.
12. GCUC UK
October 2024 | TBD | LEARN MORE
Best for: UK based coworking and flex space operators who want to better understand their unique market and challenges.
Finally, we’ll close the article on another GCUC great, the GCUC United Kingdom (UK) conference!
Similar to the APAC conference, this date has yet to be announced. However, if it’s anything like other GCUC events, then you can rest assured that the experience will be well curated and worth your time.
Last year the event took place across two days in London featuring top speakers, expert insights, special VIP tours and presentations, and more!
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Coworking conferences are a fantastic way to gain knowledge, connect with like-minded professionals, and stay up-to-date on the latest trends and innovations in the flexible workspace industry.
With a diverse range of events and opportunities available, there is something for everyone, whether you are a coworking space operator, community manager, or future of work enthusiast.
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