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Cary Coworking

Cary, NC – A new initiative of the Cary Innovation Center is to develop an authentic Cary coworking community in downtown Cary.

What is Coworking?

Coworking has developed over the past decade as a place for freelancers, remote workers and independents to work. Typically coworking facilities are located in walkable urban environments. Examples of coworking facilities in the Triangle are Bull City Coworking and American Underground both located in Durham and HQ Raleigh.

Building a successful vibrant coworking community is not easy and depends on the habits of local workers, the facility and the location. Technology Tank has been working on developing a coworking model for suburban locations and has been working on the moderately successful Oakhaven Coworking project for over a year, but location and facility were definitely an issue for Oakhaven Coworking.

Developing Cary Coworking

As was made abundantly clear by different coworking thought leaders at the WorkShift 2014 conference in Durham, building the community first and then finding a suitable facility is the most successful way of developing a facility to support those people that want to cowork. One of the biggest reasons for people wanting to cowork is that they are tired of being lonely working from home. A coworking facility provides a good working location without the distractions of a coffee shop or a library. A coworking community also provides a place for people to associate professionally to find advice or assistance from someone with needed skills or expertise. Please note that a coworking community is not a “networking group” so if that is what you are looking for you need to look at other groups more suited for networking!

With the move of the Technology Tank offices to the Cary Innovation Center, we are now working to develop a coworking facility in downtown Cary by first finding the community. We will be holding several “jelles” at the Cary Innovation Center starting in late January 2015. A coworking jelly is a meetup for potential coworkers to see if they like working together. For more information, or to get involved please join the Cary Coworking Meetup Group

Gather Coworking

Please also know that there is an existing coworking facility in downtown Cary – Gather. We don’t see our effort as competition, only strengthening the coworking community in Cary. If you have the chance please check out the Gather coworking opportunity and if that is what you are looking for, please join their community!

WorkShift:2014 August 16, 2014

CoWorking Conference Comes to Durham

Durham, NC – Robert Petrusz, Founder and Manager of Bull City CoWorking attended the 4th annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Kansas City at the beginning of May. Robert met lots of great contacts in the coworking field and discussed many topics vital to the coworking movement.

SONY DSCOne thing Robert wanted to do is to bring a coworking event to the South East US so that the coworking operators and people interested in coworking who could not attend the GCUC would be able to benefit from the learning and networking afforded by this conference. So Robert created a regional coworking conference to be held in Durham on Saturday, August 16, 2014 – WorkShift:2014.

WorkShift:2014 Details

An unconference for people who own, operate or work in a coworking space!

  • WorkShift:2014 – “The First Coworking Conference in the SouthEast”
  • PSI Theater, Durham Arts Council Building, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • WorkShift:2014 Website
  • WorkShift:2014 Registration Site

Why Attend WorkShift:2014?

  • Hear from 2 renowned speakers on coworking, Alex Hillman, community-oriented shared workspace thought-leader and Co-founder of IndyHall in Philadelphia, PA and Chad Ballantyne, Owner of Rhubarb Media and Founder of The Creative Space in Ontario, Canada
  • Meet many of the coworking space operators in the Southeast.
  • Connect with many creative people who find coworking to be a great way to work.
  • Find out if coworking is for you.

Disclosure: Oakhaven CoWorking, a project of Technology Tank, is a sponsor of WorkShift:2014

Picture from the WorkShift:2014 Website

Emerging Tech Hub - Raleigh, NC - Picture by James Willamore

Raleigh – Emerging Tech Hub

Raleigh, NC – Raleigh was just included in a list of the 8 emerging tech hubs. The list originally appeared on the TransferWise blog: Why you should pay attention to these 8 emerging tech hubs (TransferWise is the new way to transfer money between countries and is “from the people who built Skype and PayPal“)

The TransferWise folks “found 8 cities where technology’s influence is growing by the minute, and the world should start paying close attention.”

The List

  1. Eindhoven, Netherlands
  2. Pune, India
  3. Nicosia, Cyprus
  4. Dublin, Ireland
  5. Raleigh, North Carolina
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Malmö, Sweden
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel

The Word About Raleigh

Affordable housing, short commutes and the title of No.1 U.S. city for young families are all triggers for the flock of technology companies and university graduates to Raleigh. Over the past two decades, Raleigh has experienced the third-highest job growth and second-highest population increase in the country. It’s also part of the North Carolina Research Triangle, one of the most prominent U.S. research parks pioneering in IT and biotechnology. The region (known as Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is anchored by cutting-edge research institutions from surrounding universities, growing high-tech companies like Bandwith and Yealink as well as Fortune 100 companies IBM, Cisco, Sony Ericsson and many more.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation as an Economic Development Tool

The efforts of everyone in Raleigh pulling together for entrepreneurship and innovation is a powerful economic development tool. The momentum is continuing to build and recognition of Raleigh and the Triangle as a premier Tech Hub will only continue.

What are all the pieces that are building our strong and vibrant Tech community?

Takeaway

I hear people wondering if we have too many things going on in the Tech space and if the market is now getting crowded. I think there is room for many more, companies, programs and meetups. Competition, friendly competition, in the Triangle area will develop even better programs and offerings than we have right now and will ensure our place as a premier Tech Hub.


Featured picture by James Willamor under Creative Commons

American Underground logo

American Underground @Main Opening Party

Durham, NC – We reported earlier about the American Underground @Main Opening Party. What a party!

If you get a chance, take a tour and look into their space.

Outside View

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Inside Offices

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Bullpen / Co-Working

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The Vault

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The Vault – Dilemma

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The Award-Winning Smoffice

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Fun!

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