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Powering ProductivityDon’t go it alone – collaboration & the case for engineering serendipity

Don’t go it alone – collaboration & the case for engineering serendipity

Collaboration and why people need people – following on……part of the #PoweringProductivity series.

 the case for Engineering Serendipity

“We still have no idea how to pursue what former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously described as “unknown unknowns.” … It’s not enough to ask where good ideas come from — we need to rethink how we go about finding them.”

The article refers to laboratories relocating and throwing new collaborations together – and the architectural hoops they’re jumping through to have Silicon Valley campuses maximise “casual collisions of the workforce.”

Here’s what came of such a “casual collision” in a coworking space:

A digital marketer and a website designer take desks in a coworking office.

A tech startup needs some digital marketing help.

The tech founder’s brother-in-law needs a website – and by the way some marketing.

A new business is born – a campaign launched and a Dani Award won – in Year One!

And sometimes the relationships and connections just aren’t all that obvious. And not even immediately fruitful. This collaboration arose from a BizCamp introduction:

An accountant moves into business consultancy


He puts together a team – 3 of the five include a Dublin Engineer, a Newry Coach,
an Antrim Web Designer and a Limerick expert in tender preparations.

It goes nowhere. The accountant disappears into solo consultancy work.

Two years later the Engineer & the Tender Expert win a major contract for a third party

Three years on the Coach & Web Designer launch an AR/VR product for Travel & Tourism


Five years on the referrals among the four continue.

Join us – over lunch – virtually or in person. Tell us what you think you need to know – you just might meet the person you need to know.

So bring your expertise – or your passion for learning to one of the upcoming Thursday Lunch & Learn sessions – Monthly at the Hub Newry or virtually – every week! See our events list

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The Hub is an award winning network of coworking spaces with 3 sites in Newry city centre. People need people and our community is at the heart of our business. Central between Belfast and Dublin the sites have very different offerings and a diverse business community consisting of start-ups, freelancers, remote workers and small businesses from private / public / social enterprise organisations, NI / UK / ROI / Europe wide. Whether you’re running or setting up a small business, growing or downsizing and looking for an inspiring environment to work in Northern Ireland this community will welcome you. Our coworking spaces cater for people like you who want to work for themselves, just not by themselves. We're a fun and collaborative work space that’s full of interesting people, straight talking, no tie-ins and affordable tariffs.

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