Free HotDesking Fridays

AUGUST 9TH IS INTERNATIONAL COWORKING DAY. But it’s on a bloody Saturday! Nobody wants to work on a sun-shiney summer-y Saturday!

Last year, we had a “Bring A Friend to #Cowork” Day, this year – we’re hosting “Free HotDesking Fridays” for four Fridays of August (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th) in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm. We will have room for 6 people each day, please register for a specific day to claim your spot.


August 8th –

August 15th –

August 22nd –

August 29th –

With hotdesking at the HiVE – you get a desk+chair, internet connection, unlimited coffee or tea, and a work environment filled with an amazing community of individuals in the design, sustainability, tech, small business, social enterprise industries. There may even be cute office dogs, too.

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Desk Bee Exchange Program

Are you a student, writer, new freelancer? Are you interested in a barter opportunity that will give you an amazing opportunity to work in Vancouver’s coolest co-working space and to network with over 90 businesses and non-profits working in social and environmental sustainability? If yes, we have an amazing opportunity for you.

The HiVE Vancouver ( has an on-going Desk Bee Exchange Program – a barter exchange program where in exchange for 2x 4.5 hour shifts per week as a community greeter and receptionist in our co-working space, we’ll give you a HiVE Unlimited package (24/7 access to the space – worth $350/month) and we’ll also give you one $10 lunch voucher or money every week.

Your duties will consist of:

  • Giving tours of the space
  • Greeting visitors
  • Answering general phone/e-mail inquiries
  • Onboarding new members
  • Receiving debit payments from customers
  • Collecting the mail/receiving courier packages
  • Helping organize social events for the 90+ businesses in the HiVE
  • Taking out the garbage
  • Making sure the kitchen and common areas are tidy
  • Posting events on our social media channels
  • Booking event rentals

It’s a very easy role and you get the opportunity to meet amazing people every day. We’re looking for a 3 month commitment. You can schedule your shifts when it is convenient to you and use the space for your own projects/studies whenever you’re not working. Every week, we’ll give you a $10 voucher for one of many local amazing eateries.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, Margarete at margarete [at] hivevancouver [dot] com, on or before July 31st 2014. Note: We area a non-profit and this is not a volunteer opportunity – it’s a barter exchange. Your time in exchange for our services and lunch.


Guest Post: HiVE & RIA Conference (Connie Chen)

Today we’re sharing a guest blog post by UBC student Connie Chen:

I am a fourth year student at The University of British Columbia studying finance and a very typical Millenial in all connotations of that honour/insult. As a very typical Millenial, I have surrounded myself with incredibly bright but idealistic students and I paid attention to my schoolmates’ growing interest in combining a social conscience with a paid career. Visiting innovative spaces – such as The HiVE – and going to industry events – such as the Responsible Investment Association Conference in Toronto on May 26-28 – have really improved my understanding of what I now call “creative empowerment,” and I encourage as many of my peers and neighbours to learn from these pools of endlessly energetic, idea-driven people as well.

I thought it was really frustrating to grow up surrounded by altruistic ideals from elementary to high school and then suddenly specialize in an arcane university subject that has little to no overlap with  In high school, what was all the rage was volunteering at a hospital or raising money for an empire-like NGO such as UNICEF and then being featured in the local newspaper for “being the Leaders of Tomorrow.” In university, what appears to be all the rage is graduating with a full-time job offer.

What a contrast!

But as I studied my peers in more detail, I noticed that the happiest and most inspiring students I know have somehow combined a skill that they aspire to be an expert at with a very global, holistic perspective of the world; my conclusion is that “making a difference” comes in different forms as people mature. My role model is no longer defined well as the student representative of an NGO, but rather the UBC engineer that studies biomimicry to maximize energy efficiency of a product or the Sauder School of Business student interested in social enterprise consulting. Innovative student groups such as oikos Vancouver and UBC Social Enterprise Club have begun in the last two years.

The reason why I know that innovative careers – or a good perspective is “the main activity that you spend 53% of your lifetime on” – are needed in this world is because I have seen the success of local entrepreneurs and the respect for outspoken industry executives. The HiVE doesn’t exist just for business, neither does the RIA Conference exist because of some aggressive sponsors. They exist because people want and need supportive spaces and the occasional world-view-changing speech.

The HiVE needs to be replicated in all major cities of the world because surrounding yourself with people that energize you while you work is just as important as having a good idea and team. Just the same, we need thoughtfully planned and accessible eventssuch as RIA’s Conference in Toronto inviting large firms. May 26 to 28 will be my first time meeting executives from RBC, NEI Investments, Vancity, Philips Hager & North, Loblaws, Ocean Rock Investments and many, many more global firms. 

I encourage everyone living near Vancouver to discover places such as The HiVE, where I met consultants, engineers, designers, architects and entrepreneurs that made me rethink what Vancouver’s economy and identity are reliant on. Similarly, go to events such as RIA’s Conference upcoming conference in Toronto to learn about what the big guys are doing about global issues in combination with their main business operationsMay 26-28 promises to be three full days of topics for executives, academics and entrepreneurs alike: ESG analysis, impact investing, data privacy, anti-corruption practices and much more. 

Push your comfort zone by going to new places and meeting different people. Perhaps I’ll see you in Gastown’s HiVE or amongst the large crowd in Toronto.



(Views and opinions expressed by guest bloggers do not in any way reflect those of the HIVE as an organization nor of its members.)