Last year we focused on topics for people just discovering the wonderful world of Coworking or those about to open a Coworking space.

Now that we’re all on the same page we wanted to investigate a new set of questions around growth and change. Here goes:

Day One

As we begin to move up the bell curve just slightly, we are experiencing growth, change and expansion. No surprise for an industry that has grown 200% year over year for 7 years (Thanks Deskmag). This brings about new players, new challenges, new opportunity and more questions. Here we will discuss themes, questions and ideas that warrant our attention and time with careful moderation and hopefully a few fireworks.
We are nimble and fast so we reserve the right to change it up!

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast and Check-In
Welcome to GCUC 2013! Grab a cup of coffee and check in when you arrive. We’ll have breakfast, badges, new friends and surprises just for you. Fuel up, you are going to need it!

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
Liz, GCUC + Link Coworking
Welcome to GCUC 2013! Learn more about what will be happening at this year’s conference, and mingle with other fresh arrivals.

9:10 – 9:50 The State of the Union
Steve, Emergent Research / Carsten, DeskMag / Gervaise, Gensler / Kevin, Turnstone
// Moderator: Jean-Yves, Global Enterprise

A lot has been going on in the Coworking Community since we last met. We will bring you up to speed on new Coworking research that you haven’t seen, update you on the state of Coworking around the globe, and get you ready for the days ahead.

9:50 – 10:30 Purity vs. Blurring of lines
Derek, Gangplank / Harsh, Officelinks / Ronen, Cross Campus / Kelley, Softlayer
// Moderator: Jeremy, Nextspace

Incubators, Executive Suites, Accelerators, and Hackerspaces – Oh my! What defines coworking? Why are some spaces moving away from the term? What does this mean and more importantly, how do we all fit together?

10:30 – 11:10 Corporations and Coworking
Chris, AT&T / John, Serendipity Labs / Sam, Jones Lang LaSalle
// Moderator: Mark, Liquidspace

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the corporate giants! They’re coming your way. Are you ready? What does their entry in to the market mean for the future of Coworking, and how will you be affected?

11:10 – 12:00 Have Talent, Will Cowork
Craig, Creative Density / Ashley, Foundery / Elton, Cowork Jax / Barbara, Satellite Telework
// Moderator: Sam, The Coop & Desktime

What is our role in connecting members? Should we facilitate introductions or stand back and let our members meet organically? We’ll discuss the benefits and risks involved in actively creating these connections.

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Coworking Partners Showcase
You’re are invited to enjoy a delicious Texas lunch and meet our fabulous partners. We’ve opened up our Rolodex to introduce you to several amazing companies who will make your life easier. We are excited to share with you the best of the best providers offering software solutions, furniture and services for Coworking.

1:30 – 2:15 Alternative Funding
Brian, Rockethub / David, Somerset Media Properties / Cindy, U.S. SBA / Nick, Geekdom
// Moderator: Steve, Emergent Research

Many Coworking spaces are expanding. If you aren’t yet, you will be soon. What are some creative ways to fund your growth? Crowfunding? VC? SBA? Angels? Government? How do you determine what the right answer is for you?

2:15 – 3:00 Can your Coworking Space make Money?
Benjamin, Grind / Craig, Mojo Coworking / Todd, Formerly of C4 / Ramon, Betagroup
// Moderator: Alex, Indyhall

We’ve all heard the question and quite frankly we wouldn’t be here if the answer was no. Let’s end this discussion once and for all with a resounding, “Yes! You can make money in Coworking.” We’ll discuss what you need to consider and show you how to succeed in Coworking.

3:00 – 3:15 Break
Mix and mingle, stretch your legs and do what you need to do to get ready for an afternoon of awesomeness.

3:15 – 4:00 Specialization in Coworking
Amy, Plug & Play / Lucrece, Kitchen Incubator / Matthew, AEDC, Hive 4A
Rena, Makeshift Society
// Moderator: Clay Spinuzzi, University of Texas

We’re seeing lots of growth in spaces that have specialization. Spaces offering kitchens, tools, and childcare are popping up across the globe. What other frontiers are on the horizon?

4:00 – 4:45 Can Coworking Have a Deeper Impact on Society?
Chris, Joe Start-UP / Gene, MBO Partners / David, Conjunctured
// Moderator: Tony, New Work City

Through Coworking, we’ve created incredible communities. We’ve seen these communities band together after natural disasters, help each other tackle job hunts and even start new businesses together. What else can they do? How can we help them do it?

4:45 – 5:30 Serendipity on Steroids
Iris, Nextspace / Jenny, CO+HOOTS / Brad, Hub Melbourne / Manuel, Coworking Spain
// Moderator: Susan, Office Nomads

We’ve talked a lot about Accelerated Serendipity – encouraging and seeding the water cooler effect. Sounds great, but is it real? Can we measure it? How do we foster it?

5:30 – 6:00 Final Thoughts
Liz, GCUC + Link Coworking
We know your stomach’s probably growling, but hang on! We’ll review the highlights of Day One and present a challenge to you for this evening before adjourning.

6:00 – 7:00 Drinks!
LiquidSpace is buying you a drink upstairs at the bar! Join us to relax, recount the days events, peruse the tradeshow and find some new friends to go to dinner with.

Day Two

8:30 – 9:30 Yoga with Soma Vida
Soma Vida
The energetic folks at Soma Vida have offered to lead us in a yoga session to start your day out right. Please come ready to get your ‘om’ on with mat in hand. We will have a few extras in case you can’t borrow/find/buy one in time for this special event. Namaste.

10:00 – 6:00 Unconference
You + Your Brain
We’re starting a little later at 10 am today, use this extra time to eat some breakfast and take care of that hangover! It wouldn’t be an unconference if we had a schedule. That being said, Iris Kavanuaugh of Next Space and Don Ball of CoCo will be implementing new and exciting tools to make this the most focused and nimble unconference you have ever attended. Come ready to make your passions realized and share your vision for the community. We will also be making a deliverable that will be presented to the larger community at the end of the day. (Lunch break from 12-2!)

12:00 – 2:00 Lunch Break!
Take yourself to lunch! We have some of the best food trucks in town to set up right across the street from GCUC. The Seedling Truck, The Peached Tortilla and Coolhaus are on site and ready to serve you some of Austin’s famous trailer cuisine. Rock on Coworking community.

8:00 Closing Party
GCUC 2013, like all good things, must come to an end. We will celebrate in style with a surprise like no other! There is a good chance you’ll need to pack a fabulous costume and your dancing shoes. Stay tuned for more details!