Pauline Roussel and Dimitar Inchev, co-founders of Berlin-based online job forum Coworkies, are in the process of organizing Hack Coworking Online that aims to bring coworking space users together to collaborate and develop new products.
The event will take place virtually as Germany, and many other countries, are encouraging physical distancing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, the biggest challenge facing coworking providers at the moment is navigating how they can continue to keep their members engaged when most are working from home.
Coworkies is helping coworking companies members’ pay their rent by offering them a platform to find work opportunities.
Prior to the pandemic, Coworkies had plans to expand their event worldwide, focusing on one particular region at a time.
“Instead of focusing on one particular region, we decided to make it a global conversation. In the span of five days, we had spaces from India, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Portugal, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, and a few other countries signing up,” said Roussel. “We love this diversity because it will bring so many different perspectives into the discussion.”
Once lockdowns have been lifted, Roussel said that Coworkies will be helping coworking firms to create the safest workspace possible. This will involve bringing companies together to brainstorm ideas and listening to feedback from coworkers.