The History Of Coworking - Presented By Deskmag

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1995-09-01 00:00:00

One Of The 1st Hackerspaces Founded

C-base in Berlin, was one the first hackerspaces in the world. In 2002, they made WiFi networks available and promoted free public access to the internet.

1999-07-01 00:00:00

"Coworking" gets a new meaning

Brian DeKoven launched the word "coworking" as a way to identify a method that would facilitate collaborative work and business meetings, coordinated by computers.

1999-08-30 06:29:11

1st studio with flexible desks opens in NYC

42 West 24 opened long before the term “coworking” entered popular use. Even back then, the idea was to offer a pleasant work environment with flexible desks available for rent .

2002-01-01 00:00:00

Vienna's 1st Coworking Space Opens

Vienna's mother of coworking spaces opened. The Schraubenfabrik was firstly called "UnternehmerInnenzentrum" or "community center for entrepreneurs" .

2002-12-01 00:00:00

Denmark's 1st Coworking Space

LYNfabriikken combines a coffeeshop with a workspace. Denmark's 1st coworking space is located in Aarhus and opened on December 1st, 2002

2004-12-01 00:00:00

1st Local Network Of Coworking Spaces Kicked Off

Vienna's Schraubenfabrik was extended by Hutfabrik (en: Hat Factory). The two spaces are organized under the umbrella of the Konnex Communities.

2005-01-31 00:00:00

The 1st Global Network Came Out Of London

The first Hub started at London's Angel Station. From there, more than 40 other coworking spaces have been developed by a franchise network worldwide.

2005-08-09 00:00:00

The First Day Of Coworking

The first official so-called "coworking space" opened its doors in San Francisco on August 9 at Spiral Muse.

2005-09-30 00:00:00

Opening Of St. Oberholz

In Berlin, St. Oberholz opened in 2005 as the first café that allowed people to work on their laptops as guests, not as wifi parasites.

2006-01-25 00:00:00

The Coworking Wiki Goes Online

Founded by the future co-founders of The Hat Factory in San Francisco.

2006-03-31 00:00:00

Jellies Start As Global Movement

Jelly is started by two guys in NYC. Amit Gupta & Luke Crawford promoted mobile workers getting together in a casual work environment occasionally.

2006-06-01 00:00:00

1st Official "Full-Time" Coworking Space

The Hat Factory is the first space that opened full-time and called itself a “coworking space”.

2007-03-01 23:20:12

"Coworking" becomes popular on Google Search

For the first time, the term "coworking" was seen as a trend on Google's database. Until 2013, the search queries increased by factor 20 when searching the word "coworking" prevailed over other search terms.

2007-05-01 15:41:05

The 1st Fairchise Coworking Network

The Business Class Net, Berlin's 1st coworking space, celebrates its opening on Labor Day. It's the mother space of the 1st fairchise network of coworking spaces around the globe.

2007-06-01 00:00:00

Switzerland's 1st Coworking Space

The 1st Swiss coworking space opened in Zurich in a former soap factory. According to its owner, he copied the concept of Citizen Space in San Francisco, including the name. Even the iconic lamp can be found in the Swiss space today.

2007-07-01 00:00:00

Coworking Space Funded By Bootstrapping

Indyhall is one of the first coworking spaces which was created by bootstrappping. Around 30 people were willing to buy memberships in advance.

2007-08-23 18:21:08

1st Conference On The Digital Bohemians

The first conference discussing new forms of work & "digital bohemians" took place in Berlin. The meeting was called "9to5" & ran three days between 9pm to 5 am (!).

2007-10-01 00:00:00

1st Spanish Coworking Space Opens In Barcelona

The founder Cristina learned about the new shared workspaces through a language course in San Francisco. In 2007, she took the idea back to Barcelona and opened the city’s first coworking space in the Gracia district.

2007-10-09 07:04:55

"Coworking" on Wikipedia

Coworking is listed as term on Wikipedia.

2008-01-01 21:00:15

1st Coworking Space with Childcare

At Cubes & Crayons, the coworking space exists alongside facilities for kids ranging from just a few months old to pre-schoolers.

2008-02-20 08:08:30

1st article on "Coworking" at the New York Times

"Contemplating his career path a couple of years ago, a young computer programmer named Brad Neuberg faced a modern predicament."...

2008-02-21 15:13:48

The term "Coworking" jumps to Europe

The NYTimes article was also read in Europe. The people behind the German website "Hallenprojekt" looked for a place where "people can work independently, but together", and shared this article on their blog.

2008-03-07 00:00:00

1st Coworking Meetups at SXSW Interactive

During South By Southwest (SXSW) in 2008 and 2009, the first unofficial coworking meet-ups took place. Based on these meetings, and the first Coworking Conference in Brussels in 2010, Loose Cubes decided in 2011 to organize the first official Coworking Unconference during SXSW. One year later, the GCUC (Global Coworking Unconference Conference) emerged

2008-08-22 00:00:00

Birth of the Coworking Visa

The Coworking Visa is a voluntary goodwill agreement between many coworking spaces to allow members of other spaces to visit for free: http://www.coworkingvisamap.com/

2009-01-23 03:17:05

1st Book on Coworking Published

"I'm Outta Here! How coworking is making the office obsolete" is a book about the people & places that kicked off the workplace revolution in the US.

2009-03-15 22:34:48

"Coworking" becomes popular in Germany

In Germany the first space, offcially called a coworking space, Betahaus, opened. No other coworking space had found a place in Germany's biggest news magazine - even before its opening. Because of rising attention, the term "coworking” entered into the German mainstream media.

2009-06-01 00:00:00

Coworking News Goes Online

Coworking News is a German blog which publishes short articles about coworking. Today, its mission is to promote "Free Coworking".

2010-04-17 06:18:31

Coworking Barcamp in Italy

CowoProject introduces the 1st barcamp on coworking in Italy.

2010-07-10 00:00:00

Deskmag Goes Online

The 1st online magazine about Coworking is released on July 10th.

2010-07-31 00:00:00

Movebla - Brazilian Magazine on Mobile Workers Released

2010-08-09 00:00:00

1st #CoworkingDay Celebrated

The coworking movement celebrates the first #CoworkingDay - in memory of the first "coworking" day five years earlier.

2010-08-28 15:13:48

1st Coworking Space Crowdfunded By Kickstarter

New Work City collected US$ 17,000 on Kickstarter to re-open a full-time coworking space at a new location.

2010-10-07 09:24:42

600 coworking spaces worldwide

About 600 coworking spaces have been counted in October 2010. Every second coworking space is located in Northamerica (US & Canada)

2010-11-01 00:00:00

1st city collective of coworking spaces

The 1st city collective of coworking spaces is formed in Seattle.

2010-11-19 13:00:00

1st Coworking Conference in Europe

The first Coworking Europe conference took place in Brussels. More than 150 people from 22 countries attended the conference

2010-12-09 00:00:00

1st Global Coworking Survey Launched

The Global Coworking Survey was carried out by Deskmag in cooperation with the TU Berlin. It attracted 661 participants from 24 countries.

2011-01-17 18:07:51

1st European JellyWeek

The year starts with the European Jelly Week, which becomes Worldwide Jelly Week, only one year later.

2011-03-09 19:19:56

1st Coworking Space Receives Angel Funding

NextSpace has raised an angel round of US$425K in at risk funds. At this time they run two locations in the Bay Area.

2011-03-10 14:00:00

1st US Coworking Unconference

The first U.S. Coworking Unconference was organized by Loosecubes and attracted around 200 people during the half-day barcamp.

2011-07-08 09:02:59

1st Coworking Barcamp in Germany

2011-09-18 04:36:02

Coworking Gets Political Power

The 1st operator of a coworking space is elected to a parliament. He becomes member of Berlin's House of Representatives and works for the Pirates.

2011-10-27 11:33:22

2nd Global Coworking Survey Launched

The 2nd Global Coworking Survey was the work of a large community of partner organizations. Over 1500 people from 52 countries took part in the survey.

2012-01-16 00:00:00

1st Worldwide Jelly Week

More than 220 jellies have been organized in 34 countries.

2012-03-08 18:07:37

Coworking - Explained in two minutes

How coworking is changing how and where we work - A video, explaining coworking in two minutes. The video was released at GCUC.

2012-03-09 09:33:34

1st National Coworking Space Tour

The Coworking Space Ship tour started in Austin as part of the second day of the GCUC. The mini-conference then traveled to Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.

2012-05-25 00:00:00

1st Conference on Coworking in Spain

2012-06-16 10:00:00

1st Coworking Conference in Japan

2012-09-14 00:00:00

1st French Coworking Barcamp in Paris

2012-10-31 09:12:01

More than 2000 Coworking Spaces Worldwide

In October, more than 2000 coworking spaces are found worldwide.

2012-11-08 16:17:11

3rd Global Coworking Survey Released

For the third year running, Deskmag has conducted the biggest study of coworking worldwide through its Global Coworking Survey. A total of 2007 people took part in the survey

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