Coworking Europe 2013 – Barcelona

Coworking Europe 2013, the fourth Coworking Europe Conference, organised by Global Enterprise and the Xarxa Punt TIC of the Government of Catalonia, with the support of the coworking magazine Deskmag, will take place on November 11, 12 and 13 in Barcelona.

The Coworking Europe conference is the mainest event covering the topic of Coworking. Coworking Europe 2013 Stamp

Between 300 and 350 attendees from around Europe, North America and beyond, will gather during three days at the Fabra i Coats, a creation factory that the Barcelona City Council puts at the disposal of the conference organizers.

Close to fifty 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.

All are interested to learn more about Coworking as a plateform able to address critical challenges of our time such as boosting entrepreneurship and innovation, making the independent workforce stronger or to investigate the future of working at the digital age.


After the successes Coworking Europe 2010 (Brussels, with The Hub BrusselsCoworking Europe 2011 (Berlin, with Club Office and Betahaus) and Coworking Europe 2012 (Paris, with La Fonderie and ARD), Global Enterprise partnered this year with the Generalitat of Catalonia and Xarxa Punt TIC

The strenghtening of the global coworking wave

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.

As of early 2013, more than 1.200 coworking spaces are in operation in Europe. In less than 5 years, the total of coworking spaces has overtook, for instance, the total of incubators and innovation centers operating in Europe.

Likewise, Coworking spaces are sprouting everywhere on the planet.

The number of coworking spaces worldwide is almost doubling every year, getting close to 2.500 globally.

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 Europe, 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…

Future, threats, challenges, promisses…

As in the two previous Coworking Europe conferences, the 2013′s edition aims to address openly all the topics related to the coworking model.
The conference will also be a exceptional opportunity to share best practices, connect and, why not, build up and collaborate on new exciting projects.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Cedric SERPEAU dit :

    Hello, I am Cédric Serpeau, I am responsible for the Amaranth in France (Montignac on vézère, 24290). I wish to participate in the forum on November 11th, 12th and 13th, 2013.
    I wish to know if there is a translation in French during the forum and if it is possible to settle(adjust) the participation in the forum the day of arrival.

    Thank you for your answer,


    Cédric SERPEAU

    • admin dit :

      Hi Cédric
      There are no translation in French foreseen. English will be the working language of the conference.
      We are not sure to understand the meaning of your second point.

  2. Vera dit :

    Dear Sirs/Madam,

    I am a representative of NGO, from republic of Georgia. I am interested in attending the conference held in November.
    I wander is it possible to participate in the conference for Georgian organizations?

    Please let me know the General conditions via e-mail.



  3. sandro0502 dit :


    Will some meals and snacks be provided for the whole 3 days?

    Samuel Gervais

  4. sandro0502 dit :


    Is the registration fee refundable?
    Thank you,


  5. Javier dit :

    Hola, traducción a español??

  6. […] l’11 e il 13 novembre 2013 a Barcellona si tiene la quarta Conferenza Europea di […]

Leave A Reply