It’s a great Monday! 10days to go to #CoworkNG and we have an exciting lineup for you this week.
Today, we unbox opportunities for technology players in the Coworking industry and look at how global technology firms are partnering with coworking spaces to harness technology for greater impact and deeper penetration?
Tech and start-up culture has long recognized the benefits of co-working spaces and their relationship to fostering innovation. Tech powers the shared amenities such as high-speed internet, cloud technology, conferencing solutions to name a few, that help in building a collaborative environment and flexible, interactive work culture but beyond the surface, many other opportunities exist for technology players to collaborate with coworking spaces for mutual benefit.
We see 3 key areas for potential collaboration. They are:
Solutions for coworking space effectiveness, coworking software and Internet of Things (IOT) for Smart space management. There is a thriving business for Coworking software. We see International players like Habu Spaces, Néxudus and Essensys powering thousands of coworking spaces in over 30 countries with innovative technological software. These tools help coworking spaces to manage everything from billing and bandwidth to pricing and community engagement. There is an opportunity for local coworking software management tools and we wonder who will take the lead. Will it be Computer Warehouse Group, Softworks or SystemSpecs?
Package Solutions: Large technology companies are leveraging coworking spaces to introduce their products to SMEs with more hands-on engagement and support. Microsoft did this in the Phillipines providing Office365 on demand. HP launched #entreHPreneur through a coworking space to help SMEs reinvent how they work. See here:
Innovation: Behemoth tech companies are leveraging coworking spaces for hackathons and capacity building to spur innovation to address local challenges. CChub has done this excellently with companies like Microsoft Nigeria, Google and Oracle. The quality of tech business incubated from CCHub and the funds raised show what happens when technology supports coworking.
However, in a country of 160 million people, more can still be done.
So, there you have it folks! 3 key areas for exploration between technology providers and coworking spaces. To learn about these opportunities and more, register to attend Nigeria’s 1st coworking conference on www.coworkingng.co
Tickets are FREE but are in high demand and very limited. Don’t delay, register today! #CoworkNG