WORKTECH15 Melbourne
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Conference: Wednesday 4th March 2015
Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne

9am Registration Opens

9.30am Welcome from Chairperson

9.40am Microsoft: Envisioning the Future

Harald Becker, Sr. Design Strategist, Microsoft Envisioning

Harald joins us from Seattle to outline Microsoft’s latest thinking on the new ways of working together that will foster creative collaboration and advance innovation. As organisations and teams become more diverse, distributed and global, and projects faster paced and more fluid, people need better ways of working together across distances and time. The Office Envisioning Team is currently prototyping a number of new, collaborative workstyles that bring people together in ways that enhance innovation and creativity.

10.25am Jelly Bean Working

Philip Ross, Futurist & CEO, UNGROUP

Philip will explore the new concept of Jelly Bean working where emerging technology will change the way we connect, communicate, collaborate and manage distributed work and workers. The Jelly Bean will begin to appear on the software we use and allow a paradigm shift in how we connect with colleagues and clients. With a focus on future collaboration technologies, Philip will also look at the spaces we need to create for teams in the future from Agile Scrum to pitches and war rooms.

10.50am Coffee Break

11.20am Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and the Workplace

Tony Armstrong, Associate Director, CBRE

The ideas, trends, and behaviours that will shape work and workplace in 2030 are already perceptible today. Some are clearly evident whilst others are emerging quietly around us. CBRE has conducted a global study involving workplace experts, business leaders and young professionals to gauge how these factors will impact business, evolve work practices and continue to revolutionise how, when, and where work happens.

11.45am The Changing Nature of the End User Expert Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion Chairperson: Michael Bleby, Australian Financial Times

David Rolls, Group Executive, Commercial Development, Mirvac
Harald Becker, Sr. Design Strategist, Microsoft Envisioning
Philip Ross, Futurist & CEO, UNGROUP
Tony Armstrong, Associate Director, CBRE

12.15pm Lunch Break

1.15pm It's All About the Vibe

Kelly Robinson, Expert in Future of Workplace Design

Tech companies are engaging in fierce competition for top engineering talent, which makes the office environment a key player in building and maintaining a world class organization. Kelly sheds light on the vital components for creating, sustaining, and managing a remarkable office vibe that will attract and retain the world's most remarkable people.

1.40pm What’s Next in Workplace Strategy Expert Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion Chairperson: Max Wilson, General Manager, Corporate Solutions, Mirvac

John Romano, Executive Director, Telstra Property
Geoff Sloan, Head of Property / Facilities, BHP Billiton
Jay Lomax, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

2.10pm For Better Health… Medibank’s Thrive Journey

Kylie Bishop, Executive General Manager – People & Culture, Medibank

Medibank’s Melbourne employees recently relocated into purpose-built premises at 720 Bourke Street – Medibank Place. The new environment is designed with health at its core and supports Medibank’s move to an activity based working model. It is expected to deliver greater collaboration, productivity and health and wellbeing for its employees.

The Quantified Self

2.35pm Is Sitting the New Smoking – a Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence

Professor David Dunstan, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Sitting has been engineered into our lives across many settings, particularly the workplace. There is new evidence that too much sitting is adversely associated with health outcomes, including type 2 diabetes, some cancers and early death. This presentation will provide an overview of recent evidence from observational and laboratory research.

3pm People Analytics: Quantifying Collaboration and Engagement in Modern Workspacese

Jeremy Doyle, Vice President of Product and Partnership, Sociometric Solutions

Communication among teams is among the most crucial aspects of business. Until now there hasn't been an objective, scalable way to capture that information. Using social and sensing technology we are quantifying interactions in the real and virtual world and how these patterns impact happiness, individual performance, and organizational success.

3.25pm Coffee Break

3.50pm Co Creation

Dermot Egan, Co-Founder & Managing Director, TILT

Co-Creation – the new paradigm for aligning workplace with business objectives in an industry that aspires to create places and spaces that encourage innovation and creative thinking, why do we continually find ourselves bound by a linear process akin to a production line? What would it take to break-free from this process, and if we could what would the result be? This presentation points to the value of true ‘Co-creation’ in creating places for people to do their best work. We compare the downfalls of the traditional ‘linear’ process and highlight benefits in bringing together all key stakeholders and service providers at the outset of a project to optimise the outcome and achieve employee engagement objectives.

4.10pm Connecting Vertical Communities

Frank Rexach, Vice President and General Manager, Haworth Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa

Connecting Vertical Communities – the power of the 'club lounge’ With technology enabling our cities as places of 'distributed working', we move with ease from building to building, café to airport. How do we create and retain ‘community’ within these rising concrete jungles? The idea of the vertical community is not a new one, but it is one that now increasingly we must seed and grow between developers, designers, and end users alike. When the formula is right, vertical communities can help organisations variabilise cost, encourage collaboration within and between member organisations, better activate the urban ground plane, and provide a curated and catered space that can be organically adapted to any ‘member’ needs.

4.30pm Liberated Work

Caroline McLaren, Co-Founder and Principal, Coactiv8

Liberated Work is enabling happier and productive teams by providing a distributed, flexible and collaborative work environment. Caroline will share some insights about how people are embracing Liberated Work from the Hub Australia Impact study and Smart Work Week.

4.55pm The Sweet Spot of Change

David Firth, Author, Organisational Development & Change Management Expert

Many organizations still struggle to engage their people around change. David’s focus is in how – or, more precisely, where – corporate cultures change. In this session he will demonstrate that by shifting ‘the nature and quality of the conversation’ amongst your stakeholders, you can deploy a more effective change management process. David will also share insights from his latest work in releasing whole new levels of engagement at work.

5.20pm Chairperson Closing Remarks

5.30pm Conference Closes


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