Getting work done during the Super Bowl

The week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI is going to be a thrilling time to be in Indianapolis. Every hotel, restaurant and bar downtown will be packed and the entertainment opportunities will be nearly endless. So, what if you are traveling here (or live here and just want to be near the center of all that excitement) and you still have work to get done? Luckily there is an option for you right downtown at City Market, in the heart of Super Bowl Village: HubWork, a pop-up coworking space running from January 30th – February 3rd.

Working together

Coworking has been a growing trend over the past few years, with shared workspaces showing up in major cities (and a few progressive smaller towns) all over the world. A typical coworking space consists of a group of individuals, who may or may not have similar interests or industries, working on unrelated projects but sharing the same physical office. The office may include amenities like meeting rooms and printers or it may be little more than a single long table (always with wi-fi, of course). Some coworking groups abandon the office altogether and meet up at coffee shops, bars, or even hotel lobbies instead. Regardless of the setting, coworking enables freelancers, entrepreneurs and telecommuters to interact with, energize and inspire one another, and it is part of a larger movement to completely rethink the way we work.

Because I believe in coworking and in the non-profit group, IndyHub, responsible for organizing HubWork, I volunteered to take on the event’s landing page as a side project. The landing page, while simple, actually demonstrates some of the great things about contemporary web development. Up to a certain size screen, the page will grow on a fluid grid to take advantage of larger displays while ensuring that smaller displays don’t have to scroll horizontally to see all the content. On even smaller screens, like the one on your iPhone, the page will adapt to a layout that is more suitable to mobile devices so that you can skip the squint, pinch and zoom routine. The content is marked up semantically so that even screen readers, aggregators and other devices which do not support CSS and JavaScript can clearly understand everything on the page. Microformats are used for the event and contact details, making it possible for search engines and plug-ins to specifically identify and extract those elements. The whole thing is hosted on a combination of Amazon’s S3, CloudFront and Route 53 services, ensuring an extremely high degree of availability and very low latency between the server and your web browser. You may not notice all of this when visiting the page, but taking care of the details is part of what development is all about.

HubWork is not just for regular coworkers. Even if you have never considered a coworking space before we would love to have you come down and join us. Look for me there!

David Brainer-Banker, coworking evangelist and Software Engineer at eimagine in Indianapolis, IN

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