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January to April

Caribbean Islands

Martinique, Guadeloupe...

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2019 Season

starting in the Caribbean

on the 05th January

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Coworking on a beautiful catamaran sailing the seven seas? Yes, it’s real.

You’re an adventurous entrepreneur, a digital nomad or a visionary startup? The endless horizon is your limit and you want to collaborate and be inspired, do something extraordinary? Get on board of Coboat! Learn more

  • Online

    “Yes, there is fast and reliable internet on board!”

  • Green

    “We’re on the way to a zero carbon footprint.”

  • Social

    “With Coboat’s profits we want to do good to the world.”

Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

Coboat will provide the previously bbb:

high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

Coboat will provide the previously aaa:

high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

  • Online

    “Yes, there is fast and reliable internet on board!”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

  • Green

    “We’re on the way to a zero carbon footprint.”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

  • Social

    “With Coboat’s profits we want to do good to the world.”

    Coboat will provide the previously unthinkable:

    high-speed internet connection on the ocean, combining the latest generation of marine satellite and land-based communication technologies.

Coboat has been featured on:

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Your Week

on Coboat

Pay What You Want

A different view on the world. Updated daily.

Collaborate, innovate and create with fellow Coboaters aboard one of the most inspirational coworking environments in the world. Detach from land. Free your mind. Immerse yourself in nature. Boost your productivity on the high seas. Life aboard Coboat is all about achieving balance and creating a life to love: When you need a break from work, get unplugged, connect with others or dive into the crystal clear blue water.

  • Destinations

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We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

  • We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
    What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

    Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
    Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

  • We know it is hard for you as busy digital nomads & entrepreneurs to find time in your schedule. But space on Coboat is limited. With our open voucher at the pre-launch price you can join us whenever it fits into your future travel plans and still get a guaranteed spot.
    What’s included? Accommodations in shared double or triple cabins, breakfast, lunch and dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, Internet/WiFi, some watersport equipment, port fees and charges, experience of a lifetime.

    Not included: Flights, transfers, alcoholic drinks, eating out, scuba diving.
    Check out our FAQ sections and Terms & booking conditions.

Join the

Coboat

Community.

Share your Expertise. Benefit from others.

Imagine a multi-cultural group of like-minded creatives and techies, leaving behind their successful careers to embark on a Coboat voyage of discovery. This is where all the good stuff happens! Coboat offers the best of of coliving, coworking camps and retreats to create a new experience in coworkations. Ideal for startups, location independent and remote workers looking for new ideas in an inspirational environment.

Our Friends and Partners.

As a floating coworking space, we are always on the move, which renders us perfectly poised to bridge the gap between existing coworking communities worldwide

Follow Coboat on Instagram!

Our community is traveling the globe so we have a lot of photo ops! Check out our freshest impressions from the oceans, shores, harbours and the people of Coboat! @gocoboat

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Mock up of the original Coboat.
Currently under construction 
and will launch in 2017

Meet the

Coboat

The world’s largest sailing yacht with electric propulsion & energy regeneration.

Green Tech. For the Planet we love. Whenever possible, we will sail. If the winds die down, we will power up our engines – using stored energy. Clean and quiet. Just like our electricity re-generated by the wind and the sun. Learn more

Online never felt so good.

As a coworking space, reliable internet connections are essential. Close to land? 3G & 4G does the job. Out at sea? Count on a seamless transition to satellite-based communications. With wifi and gadgets galore, Coboat will have all the gear you need to benefit from this maritime adventure. Learn more

Online never felt

so good.

Our Innovation Partners make Coboat great.

Green, sustainable energy and propulsion systems, state-of the-art communication, networking and entertainment technology: without the help of these companies Coboat wouldn’t exist. Learn more

FAQ

“Is seasickness an issue?”
“Can I bring my pet?” “What do we do in the evenings?” Get all your answers right here.

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Keep on track with the newest stuff all around Coboat. We love to share our experiences! Read our blog

Press

Check out these great articles about Coboat and read what others have to say about our incredible journey! Browse

As Coboat begins a new season in the Caribbean, we decided to investigate the region to see what we can learn from the seas that represent such new encounters for us. What we found was that this Mid-American archipelago has a great deal more to offer the visitor, and the rest of the world, than first meets the eye. It is indisputably rich in culture, tastes and natural beauty, and should not be missed! (more…)

Guest posting by our partner Jovoto

WIRED wants to hear how YOU want to work

Deciding when, where, and for whom you work used to be a far-fetched dream. But as we live in a more collaborative, connected, and digital world, more and more want the freedom and flexibility to create their ideal work situation. Top-talent is looking for a new type of work experience and is not satisfied with the status quo. As a result, the employer-employee relationship is shifting.

“Talented people need organizations less than organizations need talented people.”

Dan Pink

A shift in power

While the promise of job security previously placed control in the hands of companies, the power dynamic has flipped. In order to attract and retain top talent, organizations are forced to rethink what they can offer potential talent besides a job and a paycheck. They are taking a critical look at its processes, offerings and culture.

This desire to revolutionize work in order to stay relevant amidst a changing economy and a workforce with radically different needs, conversations have emerged around the globe. The future of work is discussed at length by economists, organizational psychologists, human resource professionals and C-suite management, but what about you, the actual talent?

The ForeWork Initiative

In order to add next generation’s voice to the conversation, jovoto founded the ForeWork Initiative in partnership with adidas, Cisco and Vitra. ForeWork was created with the intention of connecting the desires and concerns of creatives, innovators, entrepreneurs and young professionals with organizational changemakers. ForeWork is a platform supporting young talent as they shape their own future.

To spotlight how you want to work, ForeWork has teamed-up with WIRED. Inspired by WIRED’s commitment to “the people and ideas changing our world,” ForeWork is excited to offer up-and-coming talent the space to “think big” and have their voices heard by organizational management, thought leaders and changemakers from around the world.  

How YOU want to work

Whether you’re thinking of a new progressive policy, an idea for a bold company commitment, a mutually-beneficial organizational hack, or some other radical new way of working — push the limits of what is already out there.

Communicate your groundbreaking idea in newsworthy fashion. As WIRED magazine has several components, ForeWork encourages you to submit your vision in the way that works best for you. Whether that’s a written article, an illustration,  a concept map, design, etc., this is about you so leverage the medium of your choice.  

Join the conversation

To  become a part of the conversation, join the jovoto community and submit your vision for the future of work.

When you share your concepts and content,  you will have your submissions reviewed by international thought leaders, WIRED editors, and potentially published in the ForeWork report. As a thank you, you could earn one of the awards from the €20.000 total award pool or other cool prizes like a 2-week coliving experience.

Additionally, ForeWork will host its partners in Berlin for a two-day co-creation Workshop. You could be chosen to present your idea and collaborate with leadership from organizations like adidas, Cisco and Vitra.

About jovoto

jovoto is the creative workspace of the future. It is an open innovation platform where creatives, designers and innovators work together to solve design challenges for top global brands like Starbucks, Greenpeace, UNICEF, Victorinox and Coca-Cola.

We call what we do crowdstorming, it’s just like brainstorming – but on a much larger scale. It’s a unique process with people from all creative disciplines working together to solve design and innovation challenges. During the Crowdstorm creatives submit ideas, give each other feedback, and collaborate to make great ideas even better.

Join the crowdstorm and submit your ideas between December 5 and January 26.

Guest post written by Viktor Vincej, active digital nomad, growth hacker, marketer, founder of web design blog webcreate.me, travel magazine Traveling Lifestyle, follow his story on instagram.

I’ve been nomading (backpacking) around the world for more than 3 years and I tried bunch of different events or coworkings for digital nomads. Coboat definitely stands out from the crowd because it’s 2in1. It’s unique concept of coworking space & event on the boat. I had a great time and I learned a lot from other people and coboat / sailing experience itself.

Since, I’m used to hostels and backpacking lifestyle + I’m relatively young, I did not struggle with sharing, lack of privacy or other little things (standards) which other people mind find uncomfortable but only until they realize that magic happens out of comfort zone.  

“Coboat is like a hostel room filled with 12 SUPER-SMART people ready to collaborate!”

Here are few things I found the most valuable:

1. Limitations can be good for productivity

Productivity

I was definitely coming to take a break from work and wasn’t planning to spend much time on my laptop. I was not only limited by data (like everybody else) but also by my “not working” laptop battery. In the FREE time, I wrote down to do notes and planned what I’m going to do when I connect to electricity. On my phone, I went through all emails, to do lists and I sorted all distracting stuff, such as, FB messanger, chats, notifications, junk emails, etc. in advance.

When the “work time” came up I’ve done my stuff done very fast. I was forced to focus and I had “distractions” sorted already. I realized, I can easily apply this into my work routine everyday!

2. The power of collaboration

Collaboration

Collaboration on the smaller scale is very effective and nobody was left out. We managed to have plenty of personally oriented sessions, depending if you wanted to share some knowledge or get feedback on something you struggling with. In my case it was my “lack of productivity”. I enjoyed the feedback & given advice for sure!

Some collaborations last for longer. I started running “tandem productivity skype sessions” with Joe, CEO of BrainHive, throw few “feedback chats” with Christoph founder of betahaus and also wrote this post for coboat.org.

3. Sense of our community

Community

The project itself is well known among digital nomads or location independent community. We had plenty of talks about this type of lifestyle as well and it was very interesting to hear all other opinions since our group was quite diverted. The term “digital nomad” is definitely becoming less and less trendy but the community is just starting to grow.

4. Ocean is full of ideas

Ocean

There is something magical when it comes to the ocean. When I was sitting on deck and listening to music, I was getting tons of new / great ideas which I wrote down to my phone. I could even direct that flow in my head to some topics (tasks) I needed to. For example: I needed fresh ideas for one of my articles about inspiring travel quotes! Well, I got plenty. When I travel in the bus or train and I look out of the window, I get that flow also but sitting on the deck of sailing boat is way different level when it comes to creativity.

5. Sailing experience

One of the reasons why I decided to go for coboat sailing trip was because I never tried sailing before. It was very exciting to get to know some of the rules, winds, currents and all the other details related to this amazing hobby.

Operations Officer aka Operations Manager (onshore)

#locationindependent #travelhacker #spreadsheetlover

General requirements

You should be staying with us in Phuket for a few months for onboarding and setting up and could be operation remotely after we will have launched later this year.

Setting up workflow

developing/improving process with Coboat team

Workflow (examples)

-> deliver guest list and guest data with cabin plan to boat before embarkation

Local logistics

Tools

E-Mail, Online chat tool (on homepage), Slack community, Facebook messages

Effort/time needed

approx. 1,5 hrs/guest = 30 hrs/week + 10 hours local logistics

Materials to develop and use

Social Media

Interested? Submit your application (CV, photo) to greatestjob@coboat.org explaining why you’re interested in the role, and the skills you bring. We’d like to hear both about your skills and experience in community building, and about your interest in Coboat specifically.

Follow us at fb.me/coboat and @gocoboat on Instagram and Twitter.

A Coboater …

  1. Seeks challenge, to be challenged and live in their discomfort zone
  2. Thrives on uncertainty, is willing to adapt and embrace and is prepared to laugh about it
  3. Is willing to try, and tackles anything that needs to be done
  4. Puts the self and ego aside in order for a better outcome for the community
  5. Is a self starter with a thirst for learning
  6. Explores self, skills, business, ideas, place
  7. Has a sense of adventure, is brave and fearless.
  8. Questions the status quo, preferring disruptive ideas and to break boundaries
  9. Supports other’s goals, challenges and successes
  10. Spots an opportunity for growth and improvement for themselves and the community, and takes action.

Does all of this on a boat!

Traditional innovation processes for corporates are failing. Rapidly moving markets and the fast pace of technology development have cultivated a trend of fearless startups thriving in this dynamic environment, living and breathing innovation. For the more traditional corporates this change in pace poses a challenge.

A recent study by Capgemini Consulting revealed that only 5% of R&D staff feel highly motivated to innovate. In certain sectors, more than 85% of new products fail and an overwhelming 90% of companies consider they are too slow in launching new products and services.

The remedy isn’t as simple as increasing the spend or indeed, even introducing investment in innovation. Capgemini explains that the problem lies in the weaknesses of traditional innovation approaches. Organisations have been forced to explore different avenues and seek new inspiration to remain relevant in today’s and tomorrow’s markets.

What they have discovered is a rapidly growing work trend often cited as the future of work: location independent coworking.

Coworking is the gathering of a group of people to work together but not for the same company, instead of working remotely in separate offices or from home. It suits independent professionals, telecommuters and others who work from anywhere allowing them to come together in one space. According to a recent survey, coworking spaces have grown by 36% in the last twelve months, which puts the number of coworking spaces worldwide at around 7,800. Today, about half a million people are working in coworking spaces.

In 2016 the coworking community will see a new introduction to this space. The founders of “Coboat” have embarked on a landmark project in the coworking sphere. Coboat is the first Coworking space on a boat, a floating lab for innovation culture with contributors from all over the world. It immediately caught the imaginations of people, businesses and the mediaworldwide.

Start ups and corporates alike are successfully fuelling their innovation culture by tapping into the skills and knowledge of coworking communities

Harnessing the mindset of a startup, some corporates are investing in innovation hubs where small teams work and think, free from corporate constraints; agile, nimble, responsive and innovative. The Lufthansa Innovation Hub is a startup contained within the corporate. The team consists of 15 people, 50% from Lufthansa, 50% from the Berlin tech ecosystem and coworking campus, The Factory. “We wanted people with a capability to bridge the gap between corporate and startup world, so besides skills we look for personality”, highlights Lufthansa’s Katrin Zimmermann. The goal is to leverage the ecosystem of the coworking space, developing a culture of innovation, mixing skill sets, backgrounds and experiences.

For brands wanting to escape mundane innovation processes and tap into networks of talent, coworking spaces may be the next new thing for corporate sponsors. Mattia Sullini, Italian coworking space owner likes the idea of spaces becoming conduits between brands and their customers to reach the remote and location independent generation.

Oceanvolt, an organisation focused on producing electric motor and energy management systems, has partnered with the Coboat coworking space to supply their electric propulsion and energy regeneration technology. A shared ethos has made for a strong partnership. Coboat provides Oceanvolt with a global platform to showcase their technology, demonstrating proof of concept to the world and opening people’s eyes to new possibilities in sailing engine technology.

Oceanvolt’s CEO Timo Jaakkola says “being a partner of this groundbreaking mission has not only opened a door to an ecosystem of innovation and a global community rich in skills and experience, but it tells our story and shares our mission inspiring many more to make greener choices.”

“Coboat is a green and hightech communication platform with innovative partnerships, both technological and content wise”, says Coboat’s Gerald Schömbs. “It will serve as a marketing and research platform for selected products and services, opening the door to elusive nomad workers.”

What happened to those organisations who missed the boat last time?

The lifespan of companies in the Fortune 500 radically declined in recent decades. According to Forbes, it took 28 years for half of the 1955 Fortune 500 class to disappear. Half of the class of 1995 were gone in only 15 years.

Forbes refers to the current business period as the ‘most disruptive period in business history.’ The choice is, be disrupted or be the disruptee and innovation lies at the very centre of this decision.

They say, ‘the ultimate way to stimulate innovation is to change the corporate culture, so it begins to happen naturally and regularly.’ A new type of partnership, where organisations and coworking spaces join forces, could be just the key for those companies looking to transform their innovation processes and culture.

Learn about the Coboat project, ethos and mission here. If you share the vision and would like to be involved click here.

Article first published on medium.com

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Interested what’s part of our safety protocol? Our Deckhand Maja has listed some of our safety equipment we carry on board for you:

Life Rafts

Coboat has 2 Plastimo Transocean SOLAS Approved Life Rafts onboard. Each raft is inspected regularly and is maintained in accordance with the strict Safety of Life At Sea International Standards (SOLAS). Each life raft is equipped with the SOLAS A required items, which is the highest level safety and survival items.

Throwable Safety Devices

Coboat has several different types of Throwable Safety devices located topside, all which are easily accessible. We have 2 Throwable Bags and 2 Horseshoe Rings, all which are well marked. They need no training to use and allow anyone to throw a life line should someone ever fall over board. Once thrown they allow the person in the water additional flotation, along with a line that can be used to pull them back into the boat.

Life Jackets

Coboat is equipped with Type I Offshore “offshore” life jackets for every person on board. These life jackets have a a minimum of 22 pounds of buoyancy. These life jackets are designed to turn an unconscious person face-up, it provides greater buoyancy for potentially longer rescues. All our life jackets are inspected and maintained in strict accordance with SOLAS Regulations.

Fire Safety

Portable extinguishers are mounted in every cabin and are inspected annually in strict accordance with SOLAS Regulations. Each of the crew members have been trained in ship board fire fighting and go thru annual training to stay current with procedures and equipment. All our fire fighting equipment is inspected and maintained in strict accordance with SOLAS Regulations.

AIS (Automatic Identification System) Class B Transponder

Coboat is equipped with AIS which is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships, AIS base stations, and satellites. Each Vessel has a unique identifier so that at any moment other vessels can spot us and we them. AIS tracks position, course and speed and is graphical display of AIS data on board a ship.

Radar/Navigation

Coboat is equipped with the latest technology when it comes to Electronic Navigation and Radar. We have Raymarine equipment that allows us to get up to the minute weather updates 24/7, along wth GPS positions, Depth Soundings and radio communications.

Radios

Coboat has 2 permanently mounted VHF radios, along with 3 Handheld VHF radios so that we can be in constant contact with other vessels around us, as well as our Dinghy Tender when they are transporting guests to land. Each of the crew is trained on the radius, including emergency radio procedures should the need ever arise.

First Aid Kit

Our first aid kit is like a hospital in a box.

EPIRB
This is the Emergency Locator Beacon. If we have a life threatening situation, the EPRIB will be set off and the appropriate search and rescue authorities will be notified.

Medical training & Equipment Onboard

Each of the Coboat crew have undergone emergency medical training, and are certified in CPR, AED, Oxygen delivery and First Responder First Aid. Coboat also carries an extensive offshore medical first aid kit, an AED, an Oxygen Kit and has an medical emergency plan in place to always have additional medical contacts available.

Dinghy

Coboat has a 17’ Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat that is carried on the stern (back end) of the boat. This dinghy has multiple uses, such as being used to transport guests to and from shore or to transport someone in a medical emergenc situation.

Do you feel safe? If you have any questions regarding our equipment send a mail to Maja.

 

DSC00809Having arrived this week, the team opened the Oceanvolt crates and checked the engine size and components. Four electric engines will be installed instead of the normal two diesel engines. If you are an engine geek and interested in the performance of the electric engines watch this video.

In the meantime holes were drilled in the general vicinity of the engine positions, so Stefan could inspect the hulls and see the actual thickness of the them in that area. He discovered them full of water. So this must be drained and the hulls dried out before the engines can be fitted. Extra holes were drilled near the mount locations for engines to speed up the drying process. Once dried, the fibreglass reinforcement can begin in preparation for the Oceanvolt engines to be installed.

So lots of holes, unexpected flooding and the start of the Oceanvolt journey with Coboat.

In other news all the pumps are out being serviced; six pumps in total both sea and water fresh. The Aft deck expansion has completed and it is now more than 15 sqm bigger, lots of space to dine, gather and do yoga.

What challenges have we faced this week?

Apart from the flooded hulls, Stefan identified areas of damp in the skin of the boat which indicated rotting wood was present. This has been caused by poorly installed railings which meant water has been seeping through over the years. And we didn’t even need to strip the outer layer to see this. That’s what 45 years experience can bring! Grateful to have identified this now.

Next week, testing of the bowsprit area will commence so the scaffolding is going up. The bowsprit is the forward most point of the boat. It holds the anchor equipment and the forestays for the sails. Stefan is using non-destructive ultrasonic testing equipment to test the thickness of the aluminium and assess the stability of the infrastructure. (The destructive version would be to drill a hole but we figured there were enough holes created last week.)  

The cabins are next on the list to be completed; eight guest and two crew cabins between two and four two bunks being fitted in each.

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Gerald, Tommy, James, Karsten


We would like to thank our community for the response to our recent announcement of our postponement. We are grateful and moved by the understanding especially from those who were planning to join us.

As many of you know, working as a startup means pushing boundaries and being ambitious, it means taking chances when others would shy away, in the hope they will pay off. You guys are all awesome and we are genuinely grateful for all the support we have received – some of you even offered to come and help. What an amazing community we already have and we’ve not even set sail yet.

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Karsten and Tommy on the boatyard

Since then we have received more detailed information and better estimations from all parties involved in completing the actual Coboat. Over the last few weeks the founders have come together on site in Phuket to make an informed decision. It’s been a tough decision, but the whole team is agreed that it is the best one:
We decided not to just push the project back a fews weeks and try to catch up with the original schedule, but rather take our time to finish the job properly.
To make Coboat one of the coolest, best performing, most stylish Catamarans out there. To make your and our Coboat experience really something special that we want to continue telling the world about.

What does this mean? We will launch Coboat in Spring 2016 with style and confidence and stay in Southeast Asia for the rest of the year.
Spending a year in Southeast Asia gives us the great opportunity of offering a variety of popular destinations that many of you had requested: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia – and exploring deep into Indonesia all the way to West-Papua and back.

Once we leave Southeast Asia at the end of next year we will continue our route to Sri Lanka, Maldives and the Mediterranean in 2017.

Can you already buy tickets for the upcoming journey? Yes, we will be selling open vouchers on our website.

We will be offering an opportunity for those who will be in the region at the beginning of next year and flexible on short term notice. We’ll be performing trial-runs in Thailand before the official launch, island hopping and making sure everything is as good as it gets. If you’d like to be one of the first on board look out for future announcements. We are looking forward to offering this to a select few, friends and supporters, to join us on our first Coboat sailing adventures.

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Design mockup

To add to all the amazing things that have been happening we’ve had news that Coboat will be setting a new world record! Timo Jaakkola, CEO of Oceanvolt paid us a visit in the boatyard this weekend and informed us that Coboat will be the largest sailing yacht equipped with electric propulsion and energy regeneration in the world.


Our motivation together with your positive energy will make this project a reality. For this, we thank our amazing team and community.

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Over the span of more than a month, Coboat and jovoto invited people from all over the world to pitch their dream idea or project to be chosen for the “Made on Coboat” initiative. The winner, selected by a jury, would receive a 3-month residency scholarship onboard the 82-feet Nautitech Catamaran.

Coboat and jovoto are happy to announce entrepreneur Stefan Bielski as the winner of the contest. Stefan will develop “55 Minutes” as part of his CareerDesign process to help users define their professional challenges.

It will be a training program consisting of a suite of tools and products to aid problem definition, inspired by Albert Einstein’s quote: “If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

“55 Minutes is the meta idea made for Coboat – made on Coboat, that we wished for.“, says co-founder James Abbott in a statement. “Stefan embodies our philosophy of professional and personal growth through collaboration and learning from each other.”

With Coboat as his mobile launch pad, Stefan intends to work and play with visiting entrepreneurs to advance their projects and to create case studies for 55 Minutes products. Stefan Bielski, 46 years of age from Washington, is a business coach and entrepreneur who previously worked with startups and founders to help them meet challenges and make meaningful changes to their professional life. “It was inspiring to watch the range of diverse and creative ideas that were submitted. From book plots, startups, and apps to innovative design ideas,” explained Liz von Loewen, Head of Marketing at jovoto. “Made-on-Coboat was the first contest of its kind hosted on jovoto, since we usually invite our creative community to submit design ideas, not project pitches. In the end however, it was a success. The jovoto community wholeheartedly took part by sharing their inspiring ideas for projects that many of which aim to improve the world we live in.”

Several pitches were on the jury’s shortlist. Bielski’s idea prevailed, thanks to it’s engagement to collaborate and solving problems. “As an avid sailor and startup mentor, I find Coboat an appealing vehicle for bringing ideas to market. It allows people to share, collaborate and develop.”, expresses Bielski his excitement about winning the contest. He will be one of the first guests aboard the coworking catamaran, that will set the sails this winter in Thailand.

As part of the joint project, the jovoto community chose six ideas for the community prize, which awards two weeks on Coboat for each of the six winners. The winners of the community prizes can be found on the project’s website (coboat.jovoto.com).

About

Coboat is a coworking space on a Nautitech catamaran that travels the world. Digital nomads, founders or freelancers are able to book one of the 20 available spots by week. The ticket includes accommodation, catering and high-speed internet. Additionally, Coboat enables inspiration and knowledge exchange, as well as numerous possibilities to experience the world right on the water (sailing, diving, photography, cooking).

Coboat is non-profit venture. Profit will be re-invested into maintaining and further developing the project, as well as charity and aid projects for the areas where the Coboat community stays. Coboat is powered by environmentally-friendly, sustainable technology, which includes a state-of-the-art electric motor from Oceanvolt Ltd., powered by solar and wind energy.

jovoto is a web platform that allows organizations to brainstorm with more than 75 000 creative talents from around the world, to solve their design and innovation challenges. This process is called crowdstorming.

Crowdstorms™ range from NDA projects where a few hundred curated talents collaborate to solve a challenge, to massive public innovation challenges where the creative conversations and out-of-the box ideas themselves often lead to a media storm.

To date, jovoto has successfully organized more than 350 challenges for innovative companies and organizations, reaching tens of millions of people in the process.

Social

web: coboat.org

facebook: fb.me/coboat

twitter: @gocoboat

web: jovoto.com

facebook: facebook.com/jovotopage

twitter: @jovoto

 

Media Contact

Gerald Schömbs (gerald@coboat.org)

Co-founder

Liz von Loewen (eloewen@jovoto.com)

Head of Marketing & PR, jovoto GmbH

Tel: 030 802087800