WORKTECH16 West Coast - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace











Conference: Tuesday 25th October 2016, 9am – 5.30pm
Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco

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 – 10.05 Keynote Session
  • 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

Session Themes

  • Workplace Experience
  • Design, Thinking & Creativity
  • Technology Disruptors

“Design is about improving things that matter in life and you don’t need training for that”

Wayne Hemingway MBE & Gerardine Hemingway MBE, Design Partners, HemingwayDesign

How two inquisitive young people with a passion for social justice (and nightclubbing!) went on to become two of the UK’s most celebrated and successful designers. We will tell our story and demonstrate how design can be a force for good and comes from people who care about people.

Wireless Well Working

Jim Taylour Designer & Ergonomist. 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.

The Impact of Redefining the Workplace: How Work Has Permeated into Other Aspects of Daily Life

Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge, Partners, Felderman Keatinge

Felderman Keatinge offer an in-depth exploration on how the focus on defining workplace design in recent years, combined with the modern lifestyle of 24/7 work accessibility, has impacted commercial design in communal spaces and hospitality. People live daily in the workplace from 9-5 and now seek environments outside of work that are emblematic of the office.

Creating The Future Workplace Experience

Jeanne Meister, Partner, Future Workplace

Creating The Future Workplace Experience will share the latest research on how organizations are navigating the new world of work. Learn what you, your team and your organization can do to craft compelling employee experiences, understand how technology is a disruptor, enabler and advisor in the workplace and how to leverage the shifting composition of the workforce.

Expert Panel Discussion

Alexander Spilger, Senior Vice President, Project & Development Services, Cushman & Wakefield
Zoe Margarites, Vice President, Delos Solutions and Director of Sustainability
John Parsons, Director of Facilities, 23andMe Inc.

The WELL Building Standard is focused exclusively on human health and wellness in the workplace. Join our diverse group of experts for an interactive discussion on the structure & merits the WELL Building Standards as we review several case studies while providing an impartial look at the benefits, challenges and costs associated with pursuing WELL Certification.

A Work Practice Simulation Tool for Understanding and Designing the Workplace of the Future

Dr William J. Clancey, Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition

Brahms is a work practice simulation tool for designing and evaluating total work systems, relating people, technology, and the environment. Practices are located, chronological behaviours, called activities—perceiving, reasoning, communicating, using tools, and moving. An exemplary future workplace is automating file management between NASA’s Mission Control and the Space Station.

Are We There Yet? How Autonomous Vehicles Will Redefine Workplace Design

Mark Gribbons, AIA, Design Director, Gensler
Mike Milley, Director of Creative Consulting, BMW Designworks
Nick Skytland, Data Evangelist, NASA

What if buildings could anticipate people’s needs and adapt workspaces in real time; optimizing human performance and personalizing the human experience? The program conceives a new agile workplace inspired by multi-disciplinary research on autonomous vehicles and spacecraft living quarters. The research explores how we rethink the workplace based on the user experience of autonomous vehicles which have no drivers, just riders. Spacecraft being developed as shuttles to Mars provide us insights on self-sufficient living environments operated with autonomous technology. The findings lead us to approach workplace design with a heightened appreciation for the importance of human wellness, sustainability, and adaptive environments.

BREAKTHROUGH OUTCOMES: Innovation and Alignment at the intersection of design thinking and technology

Tara Carcillo, President and CEO, The Clearing, Inc.

Workplace strategies aim to optimize limited resources, increase engagement, and drive enhanced operations and skills. Solution design spans multiple groups, departments, and objectives, relying on teamwork and face-to-face interaction. Time and money are lost due to ineffective meetings and linear processing. We share how design thinking and technology are helping accelerate decision-making and bringing power back to groups.

Creative Leadership

Owen Rogers, Partner/Designer, IDEO

Have you ever wondered what it means to be a creative leader, why you should bother to do it in the first place or what it takes to actually do it? Come hear some of the things IDEO has learnt over the last 30 years of working in this field.

Where Public Space Meets Workplace

Bryan Shiles, Partner, WRNS Studio,
Tracy Wymer, VP Workplace Strategy, Knoll
Danielle Lucas, Student, Stanford University

As work permeates the public space what is the impact on our cities? This joint effort between Northeastern and Stanford Universities explores the people side of POPOS, Privately Owned Public Open Space and how to infuse humanity into public spaces.

Workplaces that Work: The Intersection Between Real Estate and Technology Strategy

Scott Slater, Business Transformation Workforce Experience Practice Advisor, Cisco

Real Estate leaders must leverage technology as part of their core strategies to deliver workplace experiences that employees want. The workplace will go through a dramatic transformation during the next few years driven by changes in employee demographics, new devices and the changing nature of work. Those who are successful, will propel their companies into a new era of efficiency, innovation and profitability.


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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