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Bali's second CUAsia gets inside the heads of the people who're re-designing the way we all work

UBUD, Indonesia ­­ The future’s bright for the hubs facilitating Asia’s shift towards the creative economy, according to industry experts at the second Coworking Unconference Asia (CUAsia) on the tropical island of Bali.    

Initiated by Hubud: Ubud Coworking & Community Space, Bali’s first coworking space and community hub, CUAsia was designed to bring together all the movers and shakers from the world of coworking and innovation in Asia and beyond to explore how we can learn, work, and live in this new collaborative economy.
CUAsia 2016
Attendees shared different views on the business models of the future: as coworking across  Asia­Pacific becomes increasingly competitive, spaces will increasingly diverge in strategy,  offering more choice to this new wave of workers.   

Event attendance was up this year, from 135 to 220 people from 31 countries, last year, with attendees traveling everywhere from the US to South Korea, Mongolia, India, Cambodia and Australia.  

Steve Munroe, Founder of Hubud, the organizer behind CUAsia said the increased attendance reflected the surging interest in coworking across the continent:  ‘Asia has seen an explosion of growth in coworking over the last 12 months, with new spaces  opening every week. It’s fascinating to see how different spaces are reacting to the challenges  and opportunities posed by this new world of work.’   

Asian coworking spaces are also growing rapidly in number, with Singapore now home to 45 coworking spaces, as well as the rise of “coworkation” spaces such as Bali, Koh Lanta, and Jeju island.

This year’s CUAsia covers a range of subjects, hosted in different locations in Bali, from February 24 - ­ 28.

Pre­event includes ​Coworking Academy​ on February 24. Hosted at Hubud: Ubud Coworking and Community Space, it’s a full day workshop on how to create and manage a successful coworking space. With coworking experts such as Alex Hillman of Indy Hall Philadelphia, Grace  Sai of the Hub Singapore, and Amarit Charoenphan of Hubba Thailand as mentors, participants  of Coworking Academy ­ more than half are planning to open their own coworking spaces ­  receive tangible tools and templates to support executing what they learn.
CUAsia 2016
Another pre­event workshop is ​Coworking Indonesia​, set to bring together coworking  operators and enthusiasts to discuss and share ideas about coworking and the future of work in  Indonesia. Organised in collaboration with Kumpul Coworking Space, this year’s Coworking  Indonesia saw Indonesian government support, with Nur Syahrir Rahardjo from Indonesia’s  Ministry of Foreign Affair and Hari Sungkari from Indonesia’s Creative Economy Agency  (Bekraf).

Main event of ​CUAsia on February 26 ​includes keynotes from some of the mentors and  visionaries in the world of coworking and innovation spaces in Asia, panel discussions and  debate sessions on the future of work. Notable speakers are Brad Krauskopf from Third Spaces  Group, Jonathan O’Byrne from Collective Works, and Carsten Foertsch, the founder of  Deskmag.

Day Two of CUAsia​ offers a traditional coworking unconference where attendees set the  agenda and discussion, allowing better dialogue and interaction. Hosted at Green School Bali,  attendees joined in 24 unconference session, sharing collective experiences, and designing the  future of work in their own respective spaces.

At the end of the conference, ​The Coworking Association of Asia Pacific (CAAP)​ was  formed to further unify, support and promote collaborative coworking across Asia.

Inspiration Unlimited eMagazine was glad to be the Online Media partners for CUAsia 2016 CUAsia is brought to you by:

Hubud: Ubud Coworking & Community Space | www.hubud.org 

Hubud is the first coworking space in Bali, and home to a diverse community of local and visiting creatives, techies, entrepreneurs and businessfolks, changemakers, downshifters and  truth-seekers.  

Called one of the world's top coworking spaces by CNBC, Hubud is redefining the way we work,  learn and connect with each other. Its community of over 250 entrepreneurs, freelancers and  creatives from 65 countries are a glimpse into the future of work.

To learn more about Coworking Unconference Asia 2016 visit www.cuasia.co or contact Risyiana Muthia at sisie@hubud.org

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