I have been writing about the digital nomad opportunity in Croatia for over 3 years now, and I am learning certain truths about the scene here.
One is that if Saltwater Nomads is organising the event, there will be no compromise on quality, innovation, or a stellar lineup of speakers and activities.
Full disclosure, I have very good knowledge about the work of Tanja Polegubic and Saltwater Nomads, as TCN partnered with Saltwater Nomads (and the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board) for the first-ever digital nomad conference in Croatia, Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads, as well as the award-winning Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence and Zagreb Digital Nomad Week (the latter with the Zagreb Tourist Board – stay tuned for the 2022 edition next month), and this year’s Dubrovnik Work. Place. Culture. conference.
A gap in the diary brought the excellent Zadar Digital Nomad Week in June.
And now, finally, Saltwater Nomads is hosting its first multi-day event in the city where its co-working career was launched – Split. Meet Slomadism. From the Slomadism website:
What is Slomadism?
If you’ve traded the daily commute for location independence and asynch flexibility, you’re probably already livin’ it. Your office might be steps away from your bedroom. In another country. And next month, who knows?
Or you might just be curious…
Slomadism is a movement. The pace, implied.
And it’s up for defining.
Join us in Split – a laidback Mediterranean location, to explore themes around
finding the sweet spot when blending work and travel.
Why Slomadism Split?
It’s about time. And, it’s about time.
Every point on the planet is now on the path of the digital nomad. The interactions we see now will shape places, people and cultures for years to come. What might this look like?
Slomadism serves as a stage to discuss and define time, travel, life and work – and optimal ways they can intersect. We will share – and challenge, norms of expected outputs and relentless distractions. Look at the key areas affecting – and affected by, this lifestyle. And some of the expected trends and changes coming.
Saltwater has been very active in the city for years, with one of its signature events being the weekly Nomad Table at Zinfandel, a chance for nomads to connect over great food and company. It is an event which is growing in popularity, with Mayor Ivica Puljak attending one Nomad Table last year – check out the CROMADS video above.
Mayor Puljak will be continuing his strong support for this great new potential for Split by attending the Slomadism festival for a Q&A session for digital nomads over coffee. The event also has the support of the Split Tourist Board.
The full provisional programme is below, but check the official website for the latest.
See you on a bean bag on the beach.
Mid-Week Morning Sessions
Join us for a Coffee Crawl!
Tuesday 20 September: 10am
4Coffee Soul Food / Djardin Park
Straighten Up! Perfect Posture.
Grab a coffee at 4Coffee Soul Food and join us on picnic blankets in the Djardin Park.
Later… join a cooking demonstration of a Mediterranean staple, squid ink risotto courtesy of The Works coworking.
Wednesday 21 September: 10am
Central Kavana Cafe (Hotel St Lucia)
Lucijana Jerkovic, Global PR, Croatian National Tourist Board.
Learn the latest Data & Trends in Croatian Tourism with Q&A. Learn about the shift to longer stays – and let it inspire you for how and where you go next!
Thursday 21 September: 10am
Brasserie on 7
Ivica Puljak, Mayor of Split
Join our renowned physicist-turned-mayor, for a session on how Digital Nomads fit in Split. With Q&A … and Special Guests.
Brunch option available for purchase Thursday. All beverages paid for individually at venue.
Networking Sessions – Wednesday & Thursday
18:00 Wednesday 21 September.
Get your walking shoes on and meet others on the digital nomad path, with a walk up Marjan Hill for the sunset. A moderate fitness level will be required, but we will have 2x groups. Meeting point: Info Centar Marjan Park (base of stairs), near Bokamora pizza.
16:00 Thursday 22 September. Walking Tour with local guide Gytha. Spots limited.
Meeting and end point: Gregory of Nin Statue, Djardin Park.
17:30 Thursday 22 September.
Step back in time – and into the future, with a Virtual Reality screening of the Palace as it was during Emperor Diocletian’s era. There will be small group screenings lasting 15 minutes, with networking drinks as you wait.
18:30 Thursday 22 September.
Networking drinks – venue TBC. Meeting point will be at Diocletian’s Dream from 18:00.
Beach Day – Saturday
Saturday 24 September – Bačvice Beach (various areas – see sessions for exact locations)
8:00 SUP! Start Standing Up – with a morning SUP session, courtesy of 45 Degrees Sailing.
9:00 Picigin (watersport) beginners class with Master Picigin Player, “Julio”. Meet on sand in front of Zbirac Cafe for the class.
10:00 Keynotes Over Coffee (includes refreshments). Žbirac Cafe.
- Steve Tsentserensky: Content and the Slow Road
- Mariska Kosteloo: Shaping and Creating a New Life as a Widow, Entrepreneur and Digital Nomad
- Orest Zub: Life as Digital Nomads from Ukraine – Learn about their ongoing Volunteer and Awareness Raising Efforts.
11:00 Slomadism Beach Talks on Bean Bags @ Kavala Beach Bar (western end of the bay).
A chilled out “open fishbowl” format, open to anyone and everyone to have their say. The conversation will flow across themes touching on the hyperlocal, through to the planet at large.. from Split’s sands to Starlink.
- Nick Hathaway: Sailing the Adriatic
- Michael Freer: Social Impact and Entrepreneurship In The Mediterranean
- Tanja Polegubic: Heritage Connections and Place
- Erin Maxwell: Unexpected Expat Life in Croatia
- Dr Diane Erceg: Volunteering as a Way to Meet New People
- Paul Bradbury: Lessons from 20 years in Croatia
- Maria Mustapic: Split’s Hospitality Sector and Digital Nomads
+ Local Digital Nomads living in Split… and passing through.
Local Card Workshop: Learn Trešete and Briškula
Some thoughts from event organiser and Saltwater Nomads CEO Tanja Polegubic:
“Split is a popular base for remote workers coming to Croatia. A large part of that is the laidback lifestyle here. With Slomadism, I see it as akin to the slow food movement – taking more time to immerse, engage and appreciate a destination. There’s ways to do this, so this event highlights them.
“I’m grateful to all the supporting local businesses who’ve been part of this journey, so it’s also a tribute to their continued support – and a chance for a knowledge exchange between locals and nomads, and ideally- an opportunity to co-create and shape how the remote lifestyle experience in Split (and nearby) can be optimal for nomads and locals alike.Come along and enjoy everything from cooking, splashing around playing picigin or cards – and not from afar, getting right in the mix. See you at Slomadism in September 20-25 September.”
13:00 – FREE TIME & BEACH PARTY WITH DJ – KAVALA BEACH BAR
19:00 Slomad Table Group Dinner (prepaid). This session must be booked.
The walk-in rate is higher and pending availability.
Sunday Winery Tour
Visit the home of the original Zinfandel. A half-hour drive from Split’s centre takes you to Vina Kairos, a 13 hectare vineyard overlooking Split and Trogir and the islands. Head up in time for sunset, with a BYO picnic. Wine tasting included. Van transfers available on request.
And don’t miss a couple of VERY cool and authentic workshops, both of which will help you get accepted as a local.
I think I might go and treat myself to a tight pair fo speedos and sign up for the picigin masterclass.
And you can’t call yourself a real Dalmatian until you have mastered the local card games.
For the latest information, and to reserve your spot, check out the official Slomadism website.
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