By VIKTOR VINCEJ
The Repeople Conference, Europe’s largest teleworking event, is returning with its sixth annual edition on Nov. 23, 2021, in the Canary Islands.
The virtual and onsite event, held at 3 different co-locations (Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma) will showcase distributed work and explore the ways the remote working trend is impacting businesses, economies and lifestyles around the world.
In-person and online participants can access remote work-related presentations and workshops held by more than 25 expert speakers, including:
- Simone Beretta, HR manager for Philip Morris International
- Joao Mendes, founder of No Footprint Group
- Aránzazu Pérez, director of innovation for Grupo Martínez
- Guillermo Quintana, economist at Best in Gran Canaria
- Mario Zamorano, co-founder of Coliving Hotels
- Derek Irvine, senior vice-president of client strategy and consulting at Workhuman
- Liam Martin, co-founder of Time Doctor & Running Remote
The conference will additionally stream a two-hour Global Agenda across all stages, which will address remote work issues important to all attendees.
Virtual participants are free to switch between stages and topics at any time. They can also network with other online attendees and browse sponsors at the virtual fair.
Repeople, based in the Canary Islands, promotes ecosystems for international remote workers in the form of coworking, coliving and community spaces.
According to its website, the company “seeks quality of life and happiness at work” and it is driven by the belief that everyone should be able to work in a flexible environment.
Multiple studies developed during the pandemic have found that remote workers are more productive, healthier, and happier than office workers.
We reached out to the organizer, Nacho Rodríguez, to learn about the perks and challenges of hosting such a large online and in-person event.
In the first place, we wanted to get a “sneak peek” of what will set this conference apart from previous ones.
“This year will be a unique format with three different agendas in three different locations and also streamed online globally,” he said.
According to the founder, events of this size are normally organized at least 6 months in advance “but this year it was impossible to do so and [they] had to adjust [the schedule] and be flexible with the plans.”
Of course, we had to ask about the events surrounding the recent eruption of the Palma Volcano and how it could affect the event.
Luckily, he confirmed that “it is only affecting one side of the island, so it [was] basically open for business and tourism as usual.”
In fact, Spanish and foreign travelers are flocking to La Palma to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event.
So, for now, everything suggests this conference will also be an unforgettable experience.