WORKTECH16 New York - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace


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“I have been attending the NY WORKTECH conferences regularly for four years and I find them to be an excellent array of presentations and discussions about design, technology, real estate, futurism and sociology relating to the workplace. The presenters are always well prepared and thought provoking and the audience is rich with expertise and insights. I always make new and valuable contacts at WORKTECH and come away feeling enthused and excited about developing and implementing new ways to improve the work environment. I highly recommend this conference to everyone interested in the evolution of how we work.”

Paul Tackowiak, Architect, Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb

Conference: Thursday 26th May 2016
Convene Conference Center, Midtown East, Manhattan

The future of work is on everyone’s agenda. This event brings thought leaders together to share cutting edge ideas on the future, from both a people and technology perspective. It will allow an understanding of the key drivers of change and enablers of innovation that will shape how, where and when work takes place. Our global speakers will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces and people, change and engagement.

Conference Agenda

  • 8.30 – 9.00 Registration
  • 9.00 – 9.15 Chairman’s Welcome
  • 9.15 – 9.40 Session 1
  • 9.40 – 10.05 Session 2
  • 10.05 – 10.15 Hangout
  • 10.15 – 10.40 Session 3
  • 10.40 – 11.10 Coffee Break & Networking
  • 11.10 – 11.35 Session 4
  • 11.35 – 12.00 Session 5
  • 12.00 – 12.10 Hangout
  • 12.10 – 12.35 Session 6
  • 12.35 – 13.35 Lunch & Networking Break
  • 13.35 - 14.00 Session 7
  • 14.00 – 14.25 Session 8
  • 14.25 – 14.35 Hangout
  • 14.35 – 15.00 Session 9
  • 15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break & Networking
  • 15.30 – 15.55 Session 10
  • 15.55 – 16.20 Session 11
  • 16.20 – 16.45 Session 12
  • 16.45 – 17.00 Chairman’s close

Sessions include:

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

Pedro Domingos, Professor of Computer Science, University of Washington

Machine learning is changing the way we live and work. Pedro Domingos gives us a peek inside the learning algorithms that power giants like Google all the way down to the smartphone in your pocket, and explains how to make the most of this powerful technology.

Wireless Well Working

Jim Taylour, Head of Design & Wellbeing, Orangebox

Agile Smartworking and emerging health and productivity challenges can't be ignored. Why do so many wellbeing strategies fail to deliver? How can workplace culture and work spaces ensure organisations survive, thrive and prosper from the perfect storm of change we’re encountering globally? Orangebox share their insight through the lens of evolutionary ergonomics.

Spaces for Cyborgs: Bringing Buildings Online

Matthew Claudel, Product Manager, Beco

The widespread adoption of smartphones has brought our population online, and networked systems have generated incredible value. Yet buildings, today, are analog. A tremendous amount of data is untapped – every temperature change, movement, or interaction. Simple technologies can bring buildings online, connecting people with spaces. These systems will enable user engagement and generate valuable insights in the digital era.

The Rise of Generation Slashie: Why Portfolio Careers Will Dominate the Future of Work

Sarah Liu, Co-founder & CEO, Gemini3

Generation Slashie is a rising phenomenon and workforce trend where individuals juggle multiple careers at the same time out of choice, not necessity. Sarah Liu will explore in this session how Corporates can and should embrace this new way of work so they can attract, retain and maximize this generation of top talent with multiple skillsets, entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and the determination to succeed.

Future of the TMT Workplace

Richard Golding, International Director, Head of Global Occupier Services UK & Ireland, Cushman & Wakefield
Philip Ross, Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & Ungroup
Cecilia Vigil, Project Manager Interior Design, Spotify USA Inc
Marie Toucet, Senior Associate and Project Manager, NBBJ

The technology and creative sector are leading the way in creating some of the most innovative and creative workplaces. What does the TMT workplace of the future look like? New research identifies how operations are being adapted to accommodate greater convergence within the sector; and how property strategies are adjusting to a world in which entire industries can be disrupted at an increasing pace.

The Workplace of the Future: Creating a Hackable Office Space

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Partner, SITU Studio

What does designing “the workplace of the future” look like to one of the world’s most powerful tech companies? Utilizing extended observation of office functions and smart design solutions to create dynamic, flexible spaces that users can hack to accommodate constantly changing teams and fast-paced interdisciplinary workflows.

The Rise of the Flexible Workspace

Michelle Bodick, Managing Director – Americas, The Instant Group

As the leading flexible workspace specialist, Instant will be using our proprietary data to explore this growing market and the trends driving it – from the rise of co-working and the contingent workforce to the increased uptake of flexible workspace by large corporates as well as SMEs.

Work - Create an Experience

Jonathan Sheh, Director of Workplace Experience, Johnson & Johnson

How Johnson & Johnson is shifting from a workplace program to a people experience program to internalize and inspire our mission of creating longer, healthier, happier lives.

Real Estate as a Service – The On Demand Economy’s Inevitable Intersection with Workplace

Chris Kelly, Co-Founder & President, Convene

Companies today can’t see more than 24 to 36 months into their futures but are expected to sign 10 to 15 year leases. This will change. An army of new companies, including panellist and host Convene are moving quickly to bring real estate into the on-demand economy.

Workforce Experience: The Convergence of Space, Technology, and People

Scott Slater, Advisor, Business Transformation Workforce Experience Practice, Cisco

Now that work is more than a place people go, how can organizations transform their workplaces from cost centers into strategic assets? Learn how Fortune 500 companies have successfully aligned space and technology with the needs of their people to create future-forward, employee-focused experiences that boost productivity and spark innovation.


Our market-leading WORKTECH conferences are “unmissable” events for senior corporate workplace professionals.

  • Over 3000 people attend WORKTECH each year and primary consists of Heads of CRE, Heads of FM and Chief Executives
  • The events cater to the educational needs of the top Global 1000 companies, relating to their global corporate real estate portfolios
  • The attendees want to learn about how they can help drive efficiencies in their workplaces and drive the productivity of their workforces
  • WORKTECH provides a vehicle to build your business relationships with these decision makers, develop senior contacts and enhance your credibility with key prospects by alignment with the event

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