The Nomad City 19 Chats- Nacho Rodriguez
A sit down introducing Nomad City 2019 with the best man for the job- the creator and crowned king of the event Nacho.
Nomad City 2019 is slowly but steadily approaching its time, and as we are getting closer to revealing this year’s speakers, we wanted to take the time to officially introduce the 2019 edition by catching a moment with the man behind it all- Nacho Rodriguez. He shared a bit of the history of Nomad City, his hopes for the event, what to expect from it, and even a little bit about himself.
Hi Nacho! Hope you are well and busy as always. We wanted to ask you a few quick questions about Nomad City. Let’s introduce 2019 to everyone!
If you had only one sentence to describe the Nomad City experience, what would it be?
It´s a unique opportunity to connect with the #remotework community and learn how location-flexible work can improve your professional experience.
Who do you see NC being for?
We focus our value proposition to professionals who want to understand the benefits and the opportunities around location-flexible work.
How have you seen the different groups (freelancers, entrepreneurs, etc) interact over the past few years of NC?
We see that companies that are becoming remote-first are also much prone to hiring freelancers. Also freelancers embrace a huge opportunity when they understand how to tap into the global market when they acquire remote skills. As we see the value for both groups we believe our event is useful for freelancers, entrepreneurs and company leaders.
What do you see as the biggest value of the event?
We think that the biggest value of our event are the deep and authentic connections that are built during the whole event. This is why we believe in the power of lots of meetups and activities that happen during the week of the conference, when people get to know each other in a meaningful way.
What are your hopes for NC?
Our main motivation is to generate a positive impact on the local and international community that is part of Nomad City. We are working to encourage companies to offer more remote jobs and connect those opportunities to our community. We are also working to promote Gran Canaria as an ideal destination for remote workers. Finally, we are working hard to make Nomad City a yearly gathering that everyone interested in #remotework will put in their calendars to come to.
What are you most excited about in the 2019 edition?
We are super excited about the changes that we have done for the 2019 edition. For the first time we will host a Summit for remote work advocates with over 2 years of experience. We are also improving the workshops, with a much more “hands-on” approach to the topics covered by our mentors, and finally, we are selecting some of the world ́s best speakers to share their knowledge and experiences with our community.
Are there any concepts which NC stands behind in particular?
We believe that remote work is key to sustainability for several reasons that we will share soon in a blog article, and we like our event to be sustainable and generate awareness about sustainability within our community. For the 2019 edition we will coordinate a beach cleaning activity in collaboration with Canarias Libre de Plásticos, as well as pay a lot of attention to all the materials that are used during the event.
The 2019 edition will be even more participatory than the previous ones. How can attendees take part from now onwards?
We are building the event with the collaboration of all our community. We have open surveys to let our community know the content that they are most interested in. We also have the REMOTE JOB FAIR already active and encourage everyone attending NC to fill out the information to be connected to remote job offers from our partners. We are also very open to share content from our community in our blog and social media, as well as in our community channels on Facebook and Linked-in.
What was the initial impulse behind creating Nomad City?
Our original impulse was to create an event that will attract more #remoteworkers to Gran Canaria, as we believe remote workers have a very positive impact on our local community. Over time, as we will be hosting already our 4th edition, this goal has been evolving as we also have been learning more about the benefits of remote work.
You are a serial entrepreneur yourself. How do you stay organised while having so many projects on your hands?
I am a multi-tasker by nature, although must recognize that often find myself overwhelmed with the amount of projects that I am involved and I love it .
Are there any tips or valuable advice you would like to share with everyone reading?
I am completely aligned with the company culture that Jason Fried and David Heinemeier have built at Basecamp. I think Basecamp is an outstanding example of company culture and in my opinion connected to the conceptual sustainable capitalism. I highly recommend several of their books like Rework, It Doesn´t Have to be Crazy at Work or Remote .
Nacho, thank you so much for your time, and for everyone who is joining us at Nomad City 2019, see you there! Don’t forget to follow our social media channels, and sign up to our newsletter, as we will be revealing the agenda very soon!