Industry conferences appeal so much to companies and individuals alike because they create the feeling of being part of something much bigger than any one mission statement or bottom line. There's a real infusion of enthusiasm and drive taking place as speakers share their experience, invoke bold ideas and propose novel practices, leaving attendees with a visceral sense of wanting to go conquer the world.
Conferences are great platforms for peer-to-peer learning and for building thought leadership, especially when it comes to emerging sectors and industries — like remote work. Though smaller and fewer than those in business or tech, conferences around remote work are ambitious in scope and overall exciting, bringing together an otherwise scattered community of digital entrepreneurs, distributed leaders, remote workers, freelancers and digital nomads with one main thing in common: the unrelenting pursuit of a less rigid workstyle.
That being said, here are the five most noteworthy remote work conferences taking place this year. Companies with a message to spread (or an employee personal development budget 🙂 ) might want to take note:
1. Grow Remote
Scheduled for: April 16, 2019
Location: Tubbercurry, Ireland
Audience: Remote workers and employers
Lineup: Buffer ( Marcus Wermuth ), Trello / Atlassian ( Jordan Mirchev ), Teamwork.com ( Ryan Mesches), Hoxby Collective ( Alex, Co-Founder ), Workplaceless (Tammy Bjelland ), Bloomberg ( Lorcan Roche Kelly, Markets Editor ), Rural Online Initiative ( Laurel Farrer)
2. Running Remote
Scheduled for: June 29-30, 2019
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Audience: Remote leaders
Lineup: Help Scout (Nick Francis, Co-Founder & CEO), Doist (Amir Salihefendic, Founder & CEO), Mural (Mariano Suarez-Battan, CEO), AngelList (Andreas Klinger, Head of Remote), Curious Capital (Andrew Dumont, Founder), 500 Startups (Marvin Liao, Partner), Time Doctor (Liam Martin, Co-Founder & CMO), Flagtheory (Edmund J Lowell, Founder & CEO), Utah Rural Online Initiative (Laurel Farrer, Remote Work Strategist), Mixergy (Andrew Warner, Founder), Evernote (Dr. Beat Buhlmann, General Manager), Shopify (Marcie Murray, Director of Support), Conversio (Adii Pienaar, Founder), Dribble (Zack Onisko, CEO), Selina (Marcela Fernandez, Employer Brand Ambassador), rLoop (Ilyas Vali, Co-Founder & APM), Shield Geo (Tim Burgess & Duncan Macintosh, Co-Founders), Coworking Nest (Nataniel Orea, Co-Founder & CEO)
3. Nomad City
Scheduled for: November 7-9, 2019
Location: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Audience: Remote workers and leaders
4. CUASIA: Coworking Unconference Asia 2019
Scheduled for: February 20-24, 2019
Location: Goa, India.
Audience: Coworking space operators, workplace and education futurists; global media and trend bloggers; tech innovators, government officials and digital nomads; proptech and design firms; plus real estate, investment and venture capitalists.
Lineup: Selina (Marcela Fernandez, Employer Brand Ambassador), Telliskivi Creative City (Jaanus Juss, Founder & CEO), Deskmag (Carsten Foertsch, Founder), Guanxi.AI (Mahdi Shariff, Co-Founder), CoLo Life (Lachlan Sloan, Co-Founder), Hubud (Steve Munroe & Renee Martyna, Founder & CEO and Co-owner).