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Curator Year in Review 2012: Kat in Melbourne — December 9, 2012

Curator Year in Review 2012: Kat in Melbourne

With 2013 just around the corner, we continue our update from our beloved city curators. Last but not least, Kat Loughrey in Melbourne, aka @KatLoughrey, highlights some of her most appreciated events, spaces and top moments of 2012.


Best event for meeting people?
The best thing about Melbourne is that I have found it incredibly easy to meet people at every event I’ve attended. I think that comes down to the fact the people who choose to attend these events, go with the right attitude and an open mind. That said, I think I always walk away with a few more contacts after attending the monthly Silicon Beach Drinks. Great atmosphere and a very open environment for networking and making new friends.

Best event for content shared and learnings?
I’ve been on a journey of discovery in 2012 since joining The Fetch and have been suitably impressed with the digital, creative and startup scenes in Melbourne – namely everyone’s desire to learn, share and grow individually and collectively. I really like the WeTeachMe Speed Teaching events and the Social Media Club Melbourne nights, plus I think if you’re in the non-profit arena, then NetSquared is the place to be.

The Socialmelb Unconference earlier this year was memorable and a great introduction to this exciting world of learning and networking that’s happening in Melbourne – and that I fear that too many Melbournians just aren’t well aware of yet. That’s where The Fetch steps in.

All in all, we’re spoiled for choice in Melbourne – and if you can take away just one learning from each meetup you attend, then I think you’ve succeeded.

Personal event style preference (breakfast/conference/workshop/etc/etc)?
I love the more informal vibe and atmosphere of the smaller meetups, over a large-scale conference. It provides a better chance to meet people and have more meaningful conversations. I also think they fit in better with our busy time-poor schedules. I’ve still learnt a lot from some of the big conferences I’ve attended such as iStrategy though. You just need to approach a large-scale conference with a different mindset.

Favourite source of local community news?
Without a doubt – Twitter – and utilising the list functionality to (try to) stay across as much as possible happening in Melbourne. Facebook comes in a close second, with LinkedIn increasingly becoming a relevant source for community news as well.

Favourite coworking space?
Definitely a throw up between Inspire9, York Butter Factory and Hub Melbourne. All fabulous spaces that if I wasn’t working in a full time job, would aspire to do coworking at.

Favourite cafe with wifi?
I can’t go past 1000 Pound Bend, where the Social Melbourne breakfasts are held. The State Library of Victoria and its café, Mr Tulk, are also worthy of an inclusion. Now if only I could take my coffee into the library to work/read, that’d be perfect!

What’s been a personal highlight and not so high moment of the year?
The inaugural dinner for The Fetch we had at TrunkTown in September. Stimulating conversation and great people. That was brilliant to be a part of and I can’t wait for us to do another one.

Low point? There hasn’t really been one, though attending the iStrategy conference still sick with a chest infection and a fever wasn’t exactly how I had pictured myself feeling when I was networking – but yet I still took 15 pages of notes and met some lovely people!

What have you enjoyed about being involved with The Fetch in 2012?
In the short time I’ve been involved with The Fetch, a lot of my work has been behind the scenes, so getting out from behind the desk, attending industry meetups that were new to me and spreading the word of The Fetch with our slick business cards has been the most enjoyable aspects. As mentioned before, The Fetch Dinner was also a serious highlight.

I love the adventure of unearthing new events and happenings, as well as being inspired and motivated by the determination of others that I’ve met across a diverse range of roles and industries.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?
That’s easy – attending more events and happenings, and taking The Fetch to a wider audience!

I am also really looking forward to working with the Community Ambassadors further to develop more content for The Fetch and make more contacts (and friends!).

In regards to events – seeing the arrival of The School of Life to Melbourne.

I’m also excited to see the current meetup groups and conferences evolve grow further, as well as the further development of General Assembly and TEDxMelbourne.

New Melbourne coworking space: York Butter Factory — October 17, 2011

New Melbourne coworking space: York Butter Factory

After a few days back in Melbourne, I was lucky to catch to first day of opening at the York Butter Factory. York Butter is a new coworking space that’s just opened up in the CBD – adding to Melbourne’s growing coworking scene.

Behind it is Stuart Richardson (@StuAC) and Darcy Naunton (@DarcyNaunton) of Aurelius Digital and Adventure Capital, and Lorenz Grollo, CEO of Equiset Grollo Group and co-owner of Rialto and other major Melbourne construction projects. It’s quite the combination!

Located near some dubious but refreshingly diverse tenants along King Street, the location and space are sure to attract freelancers, independents and startups alike – with more than a handful of people already there on day one. Permanent residents also include IndexMedia, Vumero and Native Tongue.

I asked Darcy, one of the co-founders, about where the space sits within the coworking landscape. Here’s his response:
“This is a place for startups – a mix of business and developers. The typical company is 2-3 co-founder startup in seed/MVP stage. We aren’t specific to programming languages, but rather have a diverse (and curated) skill set that should enable a good pool of talent for YBF startups to draw on. Its also a ‘get sh*t done’ kind of space and we aren’t looking to get pinball tables and anything too quirky.”

Their drop-in policy is flexible – you can try out the space for a few days after which time they’d discuss a hot desk signup (starting at $100/month).

Current pricing is:

  • Full time permanent desk: $600/desk/month
  • Hot desk – 5 days per week:  $500/person/month
  • Hot desk – 4 days per week:  $400/person/month
  • Hot desk – 3 days per week:  $300/person/month
  • Hot desk – 2 days per week:  $200/person/month
  • Hot desk – 1 days per week:  $100/person/month

More info will be on their site over the coming weeks.

Exact location: 66 King Street, Melbourne.

I’m loving the emergence and natural segmentation of coworking in Melbourne. It’s great to see the main players such as the Hub, Inspire9 and OpenHub (amongst others) working together and supporting each other. At the end of the day, it makes it very easy for entrepreneurs to get connected quickly and easily without administrative fuss. So thanks guys!

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