Waterfront Lab Coworking Space Opens in Camden in Converted Bank Building

Esther Surden
Publisher & Editor, NJTechWeekly.com

Waterfront Lab is in a converted bank building.
 Photo Credit: Courtesy Waterfront Lab

Startups looking for coworking options in the Camden area have a new choice: Waterfront Lab, located in the converted National State Bank Building, at 121 Market Street. Waterfront Lab hopes to fill the gap created when the New Jersey Economic Development Authority sold the building that had housed Camden CoLab.

Speaking at the UP Conference at Camden’s Waterfront Technology Center in January, James Haley of City Invincible noted that his company, a merger of four urban- and architectural-design firms, had chosen to move to Camden to be part of the revitalization effort there. “One of our foundational principals is that we consider ourselves to be designers of communities first,” he said. The firm bought the abandoned bank building for $1.1 million.

The first floor at Waterfront Lab |
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“We see the reemergence of Camden as a tremendously positive situation, and we want to be on the ground floor of that revitalization effort,” he said. Haley presented a stunning redesign that will comfortably and efficiently service clients. It will also announce the firm’s “presence as a regional design player on this side of the Delaware.”

Haley said that part of the redesign is the Waterfront Lab coworking facility, which will take up approximately 3,000 square feet on the second floor of the converted bank building and will share common areas. There will be “plenty of room for startups who will be displaced with the revitalization and others who want to move to Camden and start anew.”

Available workspaces will include private offices, as well as open and dedicated desks. Waterfront Lab will be offering flexible plans featuring virtual mailboxes, community facilities and drop-in memberships. Amenities such as a conference room, lounge area, kitchen, snacks, and unlimited coffee will be available to members and event participants.

Waterfront Lab conference room
Photo Credit: Coutesy Waterfront Lab

As of now, Waterfront Lab’s members consist of established startups; small business professionals; nonprofits; government contractors; remote workers; and freelancers from various industries, such as marketing, interior design, media and publishing, transportation, and more.

“We’re very excited to be a part of movement here at the Camden Waterfront,” said Melissa Le, office manager of Waterfront Lab, in a press release. “There is a tremendous amount of opportunity here.” Le added that she could see the Camden area becoming a thriving hub for tech startups.

               Waterfront Lab kitchen |
               Courtesy Waterfront Lab

Supporting the events and programs of Waterfront Lab is Waterfront Ventures, a Camden-based nonprofit organization promoting fun, innovation, and connections to attract businesses into the area.

“Waterfront Lab is more than just a coworking space, it’s a community development center, a think tank, and a brave step forward,” said Khai Tran, founder and CEO of Waterfront Ventures. “We, Waterfront Ventures, will be hosting programs and events at the Waterfront Lab, including our Lighthouse Mentorship and Entrepreneur 101 Program.”

There will be a ribbon cutting at the new facility on April 3, with government officials and other interested parties. The public is invited.

Esther Surden is Publisher and Editor of NJTechWeekly, and a contributor to Philly Tech News. This article originally appeared in NJTechWeekly, and is republished here with her permission.

TCF '17 on March 18 at College of New Jersey; A look back at its history

Tom Paine

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TCF 2017 (formerly the Trenton Computer Festival) will be held on Saturday, March 18 at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.

The first Trenton Computer Festival was held on May 2, 1976 at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey) in Ewing NJ, outside of Trenton. It was started by Sol Libes of the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey and Allen Katz of The College of New Jersey. It later moved to Mercer County Community College as it grew larger, and in 1999 moved to the NJ Convention Center in Edison, NJ, but returned to the College of New Jersey in 2005.

In the days before the Internet and the presence of most computer retail outlets, user groups and other channels of information, TCF played a particularly critical role as a source of learning and knowledge dissemination for the East Coast in the fledgeling microcomputer industry.

TCF has had a notable and varied list of keynote speakers throughout its history, including Bill Gates, Dr. Adam Osborne, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mauchly (of ENIAC fame), Eric Raymond, Dr. Ken Iverson, and Gordon E. Eubanks.

In the past a weekend-long event, in recent years it has been a one-day event held on a Saturday in March.

David Gewirtz wrote an ode to the early days of TCF in ZDNet in 2012.

This a slide show from the first Trenton Computer Festival in 1976, produced by TCF co-founder Sol Libes: Cl

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