WORKTECH15 Berlin - The Future of Work and the Workplace
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9.05 Welcome from chair and host

Chair, Allan Chester CEO any2any

Theme: Change and the New Reality of Work

9.10 Cisco OpenBerlin – What Innovation Looks Like

Richard Smith, Cisco
Mitko Vasilev, Cisco
John Labus,

The Internet of Everything connects people, process, change, data in a way that will revolutionize the way and the places in which we work. This global phenomenon of unparalleled connectivity is closer than we might think. Cisco is pioneering the field. It launches a new Innovation Centre - OpenBerlin - dedicated to exploring these new innovations and concepts. Richard, Mitko and Christian showcase the latest thinking and what this means for you and your business.

9.50 Panel Debate: What this means for work

Chaired by Philip Ross

Join Richard, Mitko and John and explore what this means for future work and place.

10.10 Life of Work: What Office Design can Learn from the World around us

Jeremy Myerson, International Author and Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre of Design, Royal College of Art

Jeremy presents a framework for change to plot an escape from the tradition of mechanistic offices that are programmed for maximum efficiency without taking into account the human need for comfort and connection. Based on a five-year research project, it sets out a template for the future of the workplace by adopting a series of novel perspectives on how office design can learn from other environments in the world around us.

11.00 COFFEE

Theme: Future of Work and Technology

11.30 The World’s Most Innovative Workplaces

Philip Ross, Futurist, Author and CEO, UnWork

Philip will look at global workplace innovation and trends examining case studies from his latest book, Space to Work. Reviewing some of the world most innovative work places including the incredible Macquarie Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia buildings in Sydney, Facebook and Yammer in San Francisco, Google, Interpolis, Rabobank and Microsoft and many more, Philip will explore how organisations are evolving to address the needs of knowledge workers.

11.50 Is your portfolio ready to combat disruptive innovation and accelerate growth?

Claudia Hamm, Head of Workplace Strategy EMEA, JLL

No longer confined to the distant shores of Silicon Valley, we are witnessing the rapid emergence of new models around innovative places to work. From co-working spaces, serviced offices and innovation hubs right down to workplace on demand via app technology a fast changing global workforce, looking for autonomy and a sense of community has created an entire new industry ‘by popular demand’. For corporate real estate this could bear an enormous potential to respond to underutilized buildings and total occupancy cost in the portfolio. By re-think how shared user concepts can aggregate talent and create exciting communities of co-creation to mimic the entrepreneurial spirit of start-ups the portfolio of the future can be made adaptable, agile and turned into a flexible ecosystem for innovation and creativity.

12.10 Unicredit Workplace Transformation: From Smart Working to Next Generation Spaces

Klaus Sandbiller, Head of Real Estate Global Projects, UniCredit

In the financial industry, today’s workplace transformation programs aim at the introduction of new ways of working with a particular focus on collaboration and wellbeing. Learn how Unicredit stretches this concept further by creating innovative workplace formats, crossing boundaries between office and retail spaces, leveraging on both digital technology and data driven design and connecting with communities as well as the city.

12.40 LUNCH

Theme: Empowering People - Motivating Employees / Engagement

13:40 Spirit at Work: Creating a Deeper Connection

Kelly Robinson, Workplace Designer for SoundCloud, Airbnb, and Headspace

Many companies spend millions on lavish offi ces and over-the-top perks with the hope of attracting the world’s top talent. And though the work environment continues to be a key player for success, even more important is the need to cultivate a sense of spirit or unity within the company and beyond it.

14.10 Panel Debate: How to create and sustain a World Class Office of the Future

Kelly Robinson, Workplace Designer for SoundCloud, Airbnb, and Headspace
Alexander Lancelot Wordel (Lance), Service Designer, Factory Berlin
Sophia Jäckel, Office Manager, SoundCloud
Katolin Ruhlmann,

New tech companies are engaging in fi erce competition for top talent. Kelly will chair a panel with top fi rms leading the way in this sector including SoundCloud, AirBnb and Factory Berlin. They will discuss all aspects of space, managing people and the vital components for creating, sustaining, and managing a remarkable offi ce vibe. They will also explore how to go back to the basics of fundamental human needs to create sustainable spaces for the future.

14:40 Freedom at Work: Insights into Emerging Workstylesr

Ernst Holzapfel, Head of Marketing, Sedus Stoll AG

New research into how to create future offi ce solutions which enhance people’s wellbeing, happiness and collaboration. What features do most innovative working environments have in common? What concerns and options should be considered when the offi ce of the future is being designed? How is it possible to foster wellbeing in the offi ce and make people happy in their work?

15:10 The Challenges of Change and the Human Factor

Alexandre Teixeira, Country Real Estate – Brazil, ABB

Join Alexandre as he explores a holistic approach to creating new workplace solutions. Dealing with culture, behavior, hierarchy, different generations whilst implementing a global strategy to improve business results and enhance the brand.

15:30 Workplace design: Empowering Innovation

Frank Sonder, CEO and Co-Founder of foresee, Partner at Navigationlab

Now more than ever, there’s a misguided belief that when walls come down, collaboration and creativity automatically rise up in their place, and then innovation just happens. Workspaces may well infl uence collaboration and creativity and at the moment there’s incredible hype around ‘incubator’ or ‘labs’ or whatever you call it – particularly in Berlin. Yet how do we remain true to our culture and maximize employee inspiration… we’re not all Googles.

15:45 Panel Debate: Corporates stalking startups - success factor or dead end

16.10 CISCO: OPEN BERLIN Site Visit & Networking Drinks

Keeping up with the lightning pace of technology in today’s digital world requires new ways of thinking. It means providing an open environment where the best and brightest can collaborate. Ideas become prototypes, and then products and solutions that can change the way we live, work and play. Join us at Cisco Internet of Everything (IOE) Innovation Center where collaboration between partners, researchers, and startups is powering innovative new solutions for the Internet of Everything.

18.00 Event Closes

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We will bring together some of the biggest and brightest names to debate, discuss and divulge the latest thinking on the Future of Work and the Workplace. Over 150 senior professionals from real estate, facilities, technology, and executive management, architecture, design and other professional advisors will attend to hear the very best from thought leaders and share best practice and expertise. We believe that work is shaped by the intersection between HR/people, technology and space/property. Only by colliding ideas between these three groups will innovation emerge – this is the vision behind WORKTECH – a forum that brings together these key areas. It is for this reason that we place our event in innovative and contemporary settings.


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