CU Asia 2018
THE COWORKING UNCONFERENCE ASIA
FEBRUARY 7 - 11, 2018
After three successful year, with recent round of 270 attendees from 35 countries travelling from the US to Brazil, Bulgaria, Japan and New Zealand, the Coworking Uncoference Asia will be back for the third time in 2018. This time in Penang, Malaysia!
CU Asia will bring together the prime movers and major players of the Asian coworking and innovation scenes from across Asia, including coworking space operators, real estate companies, government officials, workplace futurists, educational institutes, media companies, tech teams, digital nomads and investment firms. Who will you meet this year?
We can promise you one thing. You've never been to a conference like this before.
Feb 7, 2018 (Wed)
A day to celebrate, showcase and explore the Malaysia coworking and startup ecosystem and connect it directly with global partners.
Meet your fellow coworkers from Malaysia coworking scene and beyond AND listen to stories on differences and similarities about coworking and communities in Malaysia
Feb 8, 2018 (Thu)
Coworking Academy is a fun and focused workshop to help new or prospective spaces accelerate their learning on the Big 4 of Coworking Space: Community Engagement, Coworking Finances, Coworking Operations, and Programming & Events.
Join us to get unstuck; ask questions to experienced operators; and take away tangible tools and templates. You can also join forces with other newbies in the field and see what magic unfolds!
CU ASIA DAY 1
Feb 9, 2018 (Fri)
CUAsia will provide you with the opportunity to share experiences and explore the ways in which we can live, work and learn differently in the new collaborative economy.
Now it's your time to be part of The Future Of Work!
CU Asia Day 2 - the "Unconference"
Feb 10, 2018 (Sat)
They say decisions are made by the people who show up, and an unconference is no exception. It is the ultimate participatory adventure!
Bring your insights, concerns, queries and burning topics for discussion to these 6 unconference sessions, and help us design the day with what matters most to you.
Feb 11, 2018 (Sun)
You're in Penang after all, so don't forget your healthy dose of arts, great food, nature and cultural activities! Join our post-conferences excursions, and you'll figure out why the world calls Malaysia 'the trully Asia. Standard and Full pass holders may choose to join one of the three tour options available, for free.
A first look of our line-up:
Steve is passionate on exploring how work practices are changing and how education can help people take control of their lives, pursue their passions and find their place in an increasingly borderless world. He co-founded Hubud, Bali's first coworking space, and pioneered the Coworking Aliance of Asia Pacific.
THE WORD ON THE STREET
You don't need to trust us. See what others have to say.
Founder of IndyHall, Philadelphia
“CUAsia is, hands down, the best coworking conference I've attended on the planet. I'm pleased and proud to have shared the experience with all of you!
Clearly, lots of intent and thoughtful planning made this event enjoyable and meaningful for all of us.”
Founder of Angkor Hub, Cambodia
“It was an amazing event! I met people with similar experience, people with the same mission, people with the same dreams. I felt a part of an awesome family.”
“It was really refreshing to be reminded of what this movement is all about. It's awesome to see how connected coworking communities are here in Bali, and I'm excited to visit the rest of you while I nomad around to see what's going on in other parts of the world."
Rehoboth Global Project Manager
"It was my first time to attend the CU Asia gathering this year. For me, it was a life changing experience. I really enjoyed meeting like-minded people from all over the world with similar DNA to me. Technology is allowing us to so many amazing things that we never thought could be possible in the past. By spending 3 days at the conference, it has led to friendships and partnerships that can be continued on-line from far away. This is awesome! I’m so proud of this community!"
WHO WILL YOU MEET?
Cofounder of Nexudus
Adrian is a software and hardware engineer with passion to do things differently. He is the co-founder and technical lead at Nexudus, an end-to-end platform to manage many of the processes happening in coworking and shared workspaces.
Adrian and his team are always on the lookout for anything which may make the life of space managers and members easier in their day to day in the space. Client or not, Adrian is always willing to offer advice and his views so make sure you take this chance to pick his brain.
Co-founder of Indy Hall
Co-founder of Indy Hall, one of the longest running coworking communities in the world. The creator and lead instructor of the Community Builder Masterclass, an intensive bootcamp-style course that teaches community leaders, managers, and corporations how to build a robust and powerful culture that scales for anything from a neighborhood association to a coworking space to a Fortune 50 business.
CTO & Co-Founder of Cobot
Alex Lang is the CTO and Co-Founder of Cobot, a web-based management software designed for coworking spaces, and Co.up, one of the first coworking spaces in Berlin, Germany. He developed Cobot together with Thilo Utke, to meet the needs of their own coworking space. Since then, Cobot has helped other space managers across five continents to streamline their business and have more time for their coworkers.
Founder of Mingle
Ash is the founder of Mingle, the largest coworking space in Mumbai, with a fully equipped state of the art events facility, an in-house VC and incubator, and a Montessori themed crèche. Mingle's Mumbai space is the first of hopefully several Mingles around India and Asia.
Co-Founder and CEO of the Working Capitol
Ben believes that property can be transformed to take on another life, changing the way people interact with it. After learning the ropes with Red Brick Properties in New York City, Ben returned home to Singapore in 2010 and founded The Bamboo Group, a boutique real estate investment and development company. Inspired by his own entrepreneurial journey, he co-founded The Working Capitol, disrupting the way we work and providing people with a vibrant space to collaborate and be their most productive.
CEO of ThirdSpaces Group
Brad Krauskopf activates spaces that grow the collaborative capacity of individuals, businesses and cities. He is an entrepreneur, innovator and speaker. As CEO of Third Spaces Group, Brad is committed to catalysing a national network of smart work hubs that changes the way Australia works. Since 2011, he has founded Hub Australia, CoActiv8 and Platform3 to help realise this goal.
General Manager of The Dream Factory
Conrad is a passionate entrepreneur with a deep interest in problem solving, leadership, community and helping people prosper. His personable, dedicated and friendly approach has seen him become a thought leader in the Australian startup, music and coworking community. Conrad joins the Inspire 9 team in 2017 as General Manger of the companies exciting new project "The Dream Factory".
I am a Co-founder and co-CEO of Hive Arena, a coworking space based on techie community in Seoul. My passion is to build tech for good community to make positive impact socially. My background is hardware engineering. And I am interested in technology, woman, mental healthcare and social enterprise via online and offline community building. I am ready to build the community, “coworking South Korea” also. I am really happy to share the tips and information about setting the online, offline stage for creative collaboration.
Founder of KoHub
As a digital nomad, James has traveled, lived and worked all over the world since 2004. Koh Lanta is now James' base, where the allure of work/life balance has called him back for many years. The Thai island was the natural choice for James to establish KoHub - a community focused tropical coworking space.
Jason loves the Mekong region and aims to enrich its economies through sustainable tourism, digital nomadism and social entrepreneurship. He launched ClickSpace four years ago as Hanoi’s community hub for digital nomads and expat freelancers. A career marketer, he also founded the tourism and hospitality marketing agency Clickable Vietnam. Jason is co-organizing of the MIST Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism business plan competition with the Asian Development Bank’s Mekong Business Initiative and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.
Founder and CEO of Collective Works
Jonathan is an entrepreneur, designer, investor and the founder of the coworking space Collective Works. Jonathan's work is rooted in the belief that you can improve the way people experience the world through design. His passion has led Collective Works to become Singapore's fastest growing coworking community. Jonathan's first book on coworking, titled 'Coworking Corp' is due to be published in a few short months.
I am co-founder and co-CEO of Hive Arena in Seoul. And I’m building a tech for good community to make positive change in Korean startup and tech scene and society. Now I have a plan to build the community ”coworking south Korea” I would like to meet some people want to live or stay in south Korea. In few years, I hope to build a coworking and coliving village in South Korea for digital nomads and techies.
Regional Manager of Asia Pacific at Techstars
Lalitha Wemel is a community architect based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. She is currently the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs across East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania, where she works with amazing community leaders to strengthen and empower their local startup ecosystem.
Co-Founder & CEO of Coworker.com
Leanne is co-founder of Coworker.com, the new "Tripadvisor for Coworking Spaces" launched in October 2015. Lover of technology, random adventures, ingenious collaborations and not-so-secret missions to change the world, she's lived outside of her native UK for most of the past 12 years, including Togo, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand.
Founder and CEO, FlySpaces.com
Founder and CEO of FlySpaces.com a tech-start up that empowers SMEs to get access to flexible office and retail space. True global professional with extensive experience in leadership, strategy, innovation and expansion. Passionate about empowering and enabling people, developing businesses, and supporting companies and institutions all around the World.
General Manager at Inspire9
Melina has been involved in Inspire9 since its inception. After an AYAD placement in Cambodia, Melina cofounded the social enterprise Kinyei, where she worked on a group of community development projects to generate employment opportunities for young Cambodians.
Co-founder of Collision 8
Michelle Yong triggers corporate innovation from within. Fourth generation leader of construction conglomerate Woh Hup, she built its property development arm Aurum Land to an award winning $100 million+ business. A foodie at heart, she has a background in strategy consulting and a degree in economics. Dedicated to bringing success to the next generation, Michelle started Collision 8 to help corporates like herself grow through innovation.
Regional Director of Asia at Techstars
Oko is a director APAC, Startup Programs at Techstars. His work is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. He helps entrepreneurs from inspiration to IPO and runs community focused programs such as Startup Weekend, Startup Next, Startup Week and Startup Digest. Oko is also a Co-Founder of Startup Mongolia, Mongolian NGO that organizes various programs, events and trainings for entrepreneurs and startups.
Account Manager at Gpayroll
Love ideas, learning, thinking, books, cats, data, yoga, organic food, making friends and sharing happiness. Currently growing business for Gpayroll in HK, showing people how to make one of the most complicated thing (aka payroll) fun and easy!
Risyiana Muthia (Sisie)
Communication Manager of Hubud [Hub-in-Ubud]
Sisie is passionate about community growth, media engagement, and storytelling in any form. She has been involved in the growth of Hubud since 2013, shaping and spreading the messages wide and far.
Co-Founder of The Working Capitol
In 2013, Saranta went to Myanmar and immersed herself in the startup ecosystem, providing market entry consultancy services and facilitating networking opportunities between exploring entrepreneurs and emerging businesses in a fast-growing market. Passionate about people, building cultures and communities, Saranta co-founded The Working Capitol, a space for people to collaborate and do their best work.
Stefan van der Werf
Cofounder at Bisner
Stefan is cofounder at Bisner. Passionate about the new way of working, he created Bisner to help coworking managers activate their communities better. He strongly believes that flexibility will shape the future of work, and that connecting people creates opportunities. With these beliefs, he designed Bisner to support coworking space managers develop their spaces as they envisioned them and grow their communities faster and stronger.
Co-Founder of Impact Hub Candidate Jakarta
Stephanie is the co-founder of Impact Hub Candidate Jakarta and an ecosystem strategist at VSS - a consultancy focused on cross-sector partnerships, strategy and storytelling for visionary companies. She's passionate about the role of coworking spaces as facilitators of social change, growing the B Corp movement in Southeast Asia and supporting [Nomad] Social Responsibility in every community.
Co-founder of 91springboard
Varun is the co-founder of 91springboard - a collaborative environment transforming the start-up ecosystem across India and emerging markets. Springboard provides start-ups with work space, infrastructure & services, a platform to network and learn, customised incubation, and access to capital.
Vitto is the Events Manager of HUBUD and the Head Coordinator of Coworking Alliance Asia Pacific (CAAP). He has organised more than 1,000 events in the past 2.5 years, 430 events only in 2016. He is also the Party Captain of Invasion Ubud, the biggest monthly pool party series in Ubud, Bali.
Work and Play
Having a conference in Penang, it would be a shame to have all work and no play. That's why we'll bring CU Asia participants on unforgettable excursions on the last day. The costs? On us!