So what's Jelly?
- A fruit-flavoured dessert set into a wobbly elastic mass, typically enjoyed with ice cream or in a trifle.
- An informal coworking gathering where people get together, meet new folk and work in an informal, friendly environment. CamJelly is an alternative to working anonymously in your coffee shop or garden shed – a mixture of work, chat, comparing ideas and collaboration. It’s not just networking – if you want to simply pound away at the keyboard with headphones on, you can do just that.
- The US term for what the rest of the world calls ‘jam’.
Who’s welcome at CamJelly?
Anyone and everyone – CamJelly is an open book.
- Whatever you are – entrepreneur, freelancer, startup, contractor, SME, multinational corporate officer, foreign visitor,etc...
- Whatever you do – photography, law, pies, programming wizardry, personal assistance, automata, reversing climate change, sales, embroidery, etc...
What’s there at CamJelly?
- other people
- tables, chairs, desks and deckchairs
- super wifi and power plugs
- a shower
- a kitchen with microwave, tea, coffee and biscuits
- beer, wine and snacks later in the afternoon...
When is CamJelly?
CamJelly happens approximately once a month (see the events
page for further details) - come or go any time you like.
The event roughly follows a pattern:
- 10:30am – 4pm (ish)
– come for a half hour or come for the whole session – drop in, drop
out. This being the ‘cowork’ bit, bring a laptop, tablet or whatever device works for you!
- 4pm – 5pm (ish)
– A chance to learn a bit more about those who turn up through informal networky chats and drinks.
Where does it happen?
The venue is ideaSpace and we’re extremely grateful to them for the use of their vast and open space. It’s light and airy with all of the above plus picnic tables on a wooden terrace and (probably) the best view in Cambridge.
We use their large meeting room for the co-working session.
From November 2014 we are trying out a new location - see the events page
A Brief History of Jelly
Jelly originated in New York in February 2006 when flatmates Amit and Luke realised that productive as it was working from home, they missed the creative brainstorming, collaboration and camaraderie of a more communal workspace.
So they invited friends to work at their flat one day a week. They found that being in proximity to new and interesting people resulted in new and interesting conversations, often leading to new and interesting ideas.
Amit and Luke were munching jelly beans when they first talked about it, so Jelly was born. There are now hundreds of Jellies worldwide.
And keeping up to date?
Follow us on Twitter and/or join our Group on LinkedIn for updates about forthcoming Topical Chats and the occasional holiday breaks. We also have a mailing list which you can sign up to in the box above.