• CU Asia 2018




    FEBRUARY 9 - 11, 2018


    Join us in February in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Penang, one of the most colourful places on Earth. Our "Colourful" theme gives a gentle nod to its host city, as well as the unified diversity of the Asia Pacific region. We honour the creative tapestry that is the coworking movement; its colourful characters, the diversity of its communities, and its all-shapes-and-sizes nature.


    "Connections" brings it back to the human, where coworking began. Our industry discussions often focus on 'work' and 'place' as we explore the rapid changes in those spheres. In 2018 we want to refocus on what matters: the quality and nature of the connections that we help make room for.

  • CU Asia 2018 is produced by CAAP

    The Coworking Association of Asia Pacific (CAAP)
    unifies, supports and promotes
    collaborative coworking across Asia Pacific.

  • And organised in partnership with Hubud and Paper and Toast

    Bali's 1st coworking space and a globally recognized hub for location-independent entrepreneurs, startups, creatives and change-makers.

    Established in 2010, Paper and Toast is the first coworking space in Malaysia.

  • Procrastination not only kills, but also costs.

    Tickets to CU Asia 2018 are already on sale, but prices go up to $100.

    Are you sure you want to miss that?


    We can promise you one thing. You've never been to a conference like this before.


    Wednesday, 7 February 2018

    Location: @CAT Penang - Gat Lebuh China 16, Georgetown 10200.


    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.


    We will end the day with a cocktail hour at Scoopoint at Pengkalan Weld 46, George Town 10300


    Thursday, 8 February 2018

    Location: Msogo Coworking Space -Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, Georgetown 10100


    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!


    Friday, 9 February 2018

    Location: Majestic Theatre - Jalan Phee Choon 31, Georgetown 10050
    Khazanah Nasional - Bangunan U.A.B., Gat Lebuh China 21-35, Georgetown, 10200.


    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"

    Saturday, 10 February 2018

    Location: Khazanah Nasional - Bangunan U.A.B., Gat Lebuh China 21-35, Georgetown, 10200.


    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.

    Excursion Day

    Sunday, 11 February 2018

    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 truly Asia'. Standard and Full pass holders may choose to join one of the three tour options available, for free.

  • Partners

    CU Asia 2018 wouldn't happen without our passionate partners.

  • Interested in becoming a sponsor or media partner?

    Get in touch with team@cuasia.co


    You don't need to trust us. See what others have to say.

    Alex Hillman

    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.”

    Cynthia Satrya-Hasan

    Co-founder of Coworkinc, Indonesia

    “You guys are the reason why we believe that coworking and its spirit needs to be heard and introduced to more people.”

    Jay Kim

    Deputy General Manager of Rehoboth, South Korea

    "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!"

    Jeff LaFlamme

    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.”

    Jason Lusk

    Co-Organizer of Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) and Co-Founder of ClickSpace Hanoi, Vietnam

    “It was a positive experience. We are happy with the value, and we connected with great people!"

    Rebecca Collins

    Digital Nomad

    “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."

  • Media & Outreach Partners

    We get by with a little help from our friends.

    Deskmag is the magazine documenting the changing look and function of coworking spaces and the movement.

    Coworking Insights is a publishing platform for sharing valuable insights learned from the trenches in the coworking world.


    Adrian Palacios

    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.

    Alex Hillman

    Co-founder of Indy Hall



    Alex is the co-founder of Indy Hall, one of the longest running coworking communities in the world. He is also 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.

    Anelia Heese

    General Manager of Inspire9 in Richmond


    Growing up on a farm in rural South Africa has provided Anelia with keen interest in what makes communities tick. After finishing her degree in Decision Making, she moved to Melbourne where she dived into the Australian startup scene. As the General Manager of Inspire9's original site in Richmond, Anelia spearheads community development in the startup ecosystem of Melbourne and beyond.

    Brad Krauskopf



    Brad Krauskopf is a serial entrepreneur who activates work spaces that people love. As CEO of Hub Australia, Brad is committed to catalysing a national network of shared workspaces that changes the way Australia works. Since 2011, he has founded Hub Australia, CoActiv8, MESH, and GCUC Australia to help realise this goal.

    Conrad Tracey

    COO of Inspire9



    As the COO for Inspire9, Melbourne's original community led coworking space for startups, freelancers and creative entrepreneur, Conrad is leading Inspire9's reputation as an authority on the future of work discussion, as well as expanding from their original location in Richmond to a second iconic location, The Dream Factory in Footscray.

    Emma Forster

    Marketing Lead at Inspire9


    Emma is passionate about creating and collaborating. Her experience spans across marketing, communications, events, the arts, tech and creative industries. She is a community builder and thinker with purpose, currently leading the marketing at Inspire9 in Melbourne.

    Howie Chang

    Co-Founder and Head of Product at The Commissioned

    Howie is one of the community hosts of @CAT Penang, a collaborative co-working space which offers mentorship, incubation, workshops, events, networking and corporate innovation labs. He is the Co-Founder and Head of Product at The Commissioned, a marketplace network connecting discerning individuals and businesses with talented artists from around the globe.

    Daniel Beck

    Founder and CEO of Coliving.com


    Daniel is the Co-Founder of Coliving.com. His goal is to promote amazing coliving communities so that digital nomads, remote professionals, or anyone with the desire to explore has the chance to find their tribe. Making relationships and cultivating optimism are what motivate him to contribute first-hand to the coliving movement.

    Joy Taylor

    Co-Founder and Community Manager of Canvas Coworking Space

    Joy supports new entrepreneurs to start and scale their business, as a Lean Startup Coach for Startup Toowoomba and as a Program Facilitator and Mentor for the WiRE - Women in Regional Enterprise project in collaboration with USQ and QRRRWN. Joy is also the Founder of Founderfest; and CoderDojo Toowoomba.

    Kasia Triantafelo

    Business Dev Manager at Hubud


    Kasia plots, plans and executes things for Hubud’s world-domination program.


    Leanne Beesley

    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.

    Marc Navarro

    Content Director of the CoworkingSpain Conference

    Marc helps individuals and companies create work environments that improve people's lives and performance. He is also the creator of the first coworking with social return, Sinèrgics and head of strategy of CREC coworking. Among his consultancy achievements are the implementation of Endesa's corporate coworking at their HQ or the mentoring of L'Hort Coworking a creative space in Barcelona.

    Maria Agustin T

    Partnership Manager of Hubud and Coworking Alliance of Asia Pacific

    Maria is the partner-whisperer and the chief of getting-things-done-quickly-and-well at Hubud. reviously involved in bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects, she brings many years of outreach and partnership experience.

    Mike LaRosa

    Publisher at Coworkaholic.com


    Mike is the brain behind Coworkaholic.com, a media company, dedicated to all things shared workspace. He designs dynamic and engaging sponsorable content, programs and products paired with innovative marketing campaigns.

    Uwe Allgäuer

    Co-Founder of Coworking Bansko


    Uwe is a real estate manager, coworking space owner, entrepreneur, consultant, mentor and skipper. His current startups are Coworking Bansko and a book project. Currently he is looking to finish his book, to learn more about what is important to him and to help people on their way to achieve their dreams.

    Risyiana Muthia

    Writer at Content Collision


    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.

    Steve Munroe

    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.

    Vitto Christaldi

    Coordinator of Coworking Alliance of Asia Pacific , Events Maestro of Hubud

    Vitto is the Events Manager of HUBUD and the Head Coordinator of Coworking Alliance Asia Pacific (CAAP). He has organised more than 1,200 events in the past 3.5 years, 430 events only in 2016. He is also the Party Captain of Invasion Ubud, the biggest monthly pool party series in Ubud, Bali.

  • The Charm of Penang

    Penang is one of Malaysia’s most diverse, cosmopolitan and exciting cultures. Located at the intersection of Asia’s great kingdoms and Europe's powerful colonial empires, Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s two halves and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East.

    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!


    Got any question? Want more details? Ask. And we shall answer.