Alice Nell
September 10, 2015

Coworking on the open seas

Imagine yourself on a boat, relaxing in the sun shining brightly above you, surrounded by crystal blue water with the tranquil rhythm of waves crashing. While you sip on a tropical cocktail, you’re working on your business idea, raising funding for your startup, or writing your first book. Sounds like a dream, right? Well. A not-for-profit project called Coboat is turning this fantasy into a reality. Much like Remote Year, Coboat is a coworking space for digital nomads who want to work, create, explore, and network...all while sailing anywhere from Thailand to Indonesia to the Mediterranean. We were curious, so we asked Coboat's Gerald Schömbs a few questions about the project and how you can take a trip with them.

In short: what’s the vision of Coboat?

Coboat wants our electric sailing catamaran to be a relaxing yet productive and creative space. The goal is for different teams to be able to bounce ideas off of one another and work efficiently with little distraction. Coworking in Greece, Spain, or Turkey can make for a serene and tranquil atmosphere for productivity.

What is the experience of Coboat like?

The 82ft retrofitted electric sailing catamaran can hold up to twenty people and offers comfortable sleeping and working accommodations. Coboat provides three meals a day and water sports equipment for when teams want to take a break and have a bit of fun. It is good for the environment too! Our boats use sustainable green technology and rely solely on solar and wind generated power and desalinated ocean water.

Is there WiFi on the boat? Is it possibe to get good enough internet in the middle of the ocean for people to work effectively?

Well, Coboat uses cutting-edge technology. We offer a seamless transition from cellular to satellite-based communications so you can always stay connected.

Any way we can get on board for free?

Coboat has teamed up with Jovoto for an upcoming competition called “Made on Coboat” where winners will have 100 days on the catamaran to work on their startup projects. All you have to do is submit a one-page summary of a project or idea you’d like to work on while at sea. We have only 8 days left to apply! 

Don’t want to compete and just want to get on board? Use the code CBBHAUS10 to get a 10% discount on your next Coboat journey!

Click here for more information! 

Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!


A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!


Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.


Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.


Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.


Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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