As you may know, this Friday, November 8th, we will be hosting a free Happy Hour from 4-5:30 PM. It got me wondering: “Where did these ideas come from?” Well let’s take a look.
Happy Hour is suggested to have been coined by the U.S. Navy in the 1920s, to describe a time in the day when fellow shipmates would fight each other to relieve stress.
During the United States Prohibition era, speakeasies would host “cocktail hours” or “happy hours” before people went to dinner, since alcohol couldn’t be served at an restaurant (or anywhere legally, for that matter).
By 1960 the term Happy Hour entered mainstream vernacular after a Saturday Evening Post article about military life was released.
Now how about coworking?
The term was first used by author and game designer Bernie DeKoven in 1999. His site goes on to inform others what coworking is all about. However, this is not a physical coworking station, but more resembles a collaboration forum.
The first actual, physical coworking took place in 2005 in San Francisco, where Brad Neuberg organized a gathering he called the “Hat Factory.” It’s amazing how recent this coworking movement started, isn’t it?
Nowadays there are coworking spaces all over the world, SoTechie being the best, of course! It’s not just for coworking anymore either, our site and many others use the place to hold meetings and conferences, as well as provide a place for start up entrepreneurs to develop their business (we call that an incubator).
So if things are getting a little to hectic at your workplace, or you’re just tired of that same old routine, come check us out!