Over 200 professionals from around 30 countries meet in Gran Canaria on the occasion of the Nomad City

The 2nd edition of the Nomad City, an event with international exposure geared towards “remote” workers, i.e. professionals who are teleworkers, was presented in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Wednesday, 6th September. The event will gather in excess of 200 participants from over 30 countries mid-September in the city.

This initiative, which will take place from 18th to 24th September, seeks to turn Gran Canaria into a leading work centre both nationally and internationally for teleworkers. Nomad City 2017 was presented this morning at the Corporation for the Economic Development of Gran Canaria (SPEGC) centre by the organisers of the event, who have the backing of the Island Council (Cabildo de Gran Canaria), through the Tourist Board and the SPEGC, and the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

This support for the Nomad City forms part of the promotion strategy developed by the Cabildo to make Gran Canaria a destination for professionals and businesses from different industries, and is being put into action by the SPEGC and the initiative Best in Gran Canaria.
After having exceeded all expectations in its first edition, Nomad City presented the second, with important novelties. Firstly, the focus of the event has shifted from digital nomads (that is, professionals who work while they travel) to “remote” workers (teleworkers who have no need to be constantly travelling). This change entails a shift in strategy, the aim of which is to develop the digital economy on the island. Moreover, this year the event will be enriched by a full day of workshops aimed at digital marketing, professional growth and increasing the knowledge needed to find remote work.

The main characteristic of “remote” workers is that they work away from any given place, since they do not require a specific physical space to work, which means that they can carry out their work remotely. The Canary Islands as a destination is on the rise for these professionals, as it holds numerous attractions, such as its pleasant climate, natural resources, ample leisure opportunities, quality of life, reasonable cost of living, good air connectivity and excellent broadband connection.

Nomad City will be a week filled with activities to show participants the potential Gran Canaria has for all those teleworkers who are looking for a high quality place to set up temporarily. The programme Nomad City 2017 includes lifestyle experiences, such as surfing, hiking, orienteering, dolphin sightings, activities to discover the principal sites in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, after-work meetings, training sessions and talks by leading professionals and businesses, such as Upwork, Toptal and Seven Career Coaching, who will address various topics about teleworking and the future of the job market.

At the same time, upon conclusion of the Nomad City week, for the third time running, the Nomad Cruise will sail from the Port of Las Palmas, with hundreds of “remote” workers and digital nomads on board who, between 25th September and 8th October, will sail across the ocean bound for Panama.

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