The 3rd Realty+ CoWorking Summit & Awards 2022 organized in partnership with Tablespace on February 11, 2022 discussed the unexpected upswing of flex spaces in recent times and how even traditional offices are adopting the lessons of coworking in their corporate real estate strategy. The leaders of the industry deliberated on the present and future outlook of the coworking sector and the innovations that are emerging in the domain that will continue in 2022. Setting the tone of the event, Dr. Annurag Batra, Editor-in-Chief & Chairman, exchange4media & BusinessWorld Media Group sharing his views termed technology as the biggest driver for flex space segment from workplace designs to the occupant experiences. He conveyed his best wishes for the winners of the Realty+ Coworking Awards for their commitment towards making this segment of real estate the sunrise sector.
The first session of the day on “Grow And Scale: New Business Opportunities” moderated by Sidharth Dhawan, Regional Head, Agile Real Estate – APAC, CBRE Asia Pacific along with speakers Azaan Feroz Sait, Founder & Chief Happiness Officer, The Hub, Dharam Mehta - Head - Digital Products, WeWork India, Parul Thakur, Senior Vice President, Coworks, Robin Chabbra, Founder & CEO, Dextrus and Yash Shah, Founder, The Address, discussed the challenges facing the sector, the newer business models emerging within flexspaces and projected a strong growth for the sector in the coming years
The next panel on “Reset- Rethink: Coworking Design & Tech” featured Ramesh Nair, CEO, India & Managing Director, Market Development, Asia, Colliers, Karan Chopra, Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer, TableSpace, Neetish Sarda, Co-Founder Smartworks and Parthajeet Sarma, Senior. Associate, Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA). They discussed the changing occupiers and organizational needs and how technology and space designs are enabling flexspaces to help enterprises achieve their business goals. The final session on the topic of “The Office Is Changing: Workplace Trends 2022” was chaired by Ramesh Nair, CEO, India & Managing Director, Market Development, Asia, Colliers and the speakers were, Amit Grover, Executive Director -Office Business, DLF Ltd., Amit Ramani, Founder & CEO, Awfis Space Solutions, Harsh Lamba, Country Manager – India, Vice President Sales – South Asia, IWG and Ritesh Sachdev, Senior VP & Head - Commercial Leasing &Asset Management, Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd. They discussed the traditional and flexspace footprint in tier1 and 2 cities and how the future looks like for both as well as the changing client expectations and investors growing interest in the Indian commercial realty space.
The Summit conclude with a special address by Nitish Bhasin, Chief Sales Officer, TableSpace. He emphasized that the coworking providers should focus on the health and wellness of occupiers, prioritize value over pricing and most importantly encourage innovation.