Day 2 15th November 2017
Here East, London

9:15 Welcome from Moderator

Jeremy Myerson, Director of WORKTECH Academy & Research Professor at Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design


9:15 Seriously Fun; Novelty and Productivity at Work

Aaron Taylor Harvey, Director of Environments, Airbnb

The Airbnb Environments team has developed a lexicon of space making strategies that provides the kind of adventure and delight that at first glance resembles the maligned tech-office-as-adult playground that popular media portrays but on deeper engagement is revealed to be a highly functional work-focused environment.

10:00 2 of the World’s most Innovative New Buildings

Christophe Dumas, Directeur Technique et Innovation, Sogeprom
Matthew Marson, Consultant, Connected Spaces Practice, Accenture

Hear the journey and learning behind 2 of the world’s most exciting new and connected workplaces - the new Ampere building in La Defense, Paris and Accenture’s living, breathing eco-system, The Dock, in Dublin. We will explore how thousands of sensors enable the workplace to react intelligently and adapt like a living organism. And how using advanced analytics, the buildings can be monitored through interactive dashboards, giving granular control over virtually every function.

10:30 Coffee

11:00 The Platform For Your Awesome

Alison Webb, Head of Workplace Europe, Lendlease


11:20 The Digital Workplace of the Future

Carissa Kilgour, Workplace Director, Land Securities


11:45 Slowly Slowly Then All At Once

Gerald Taylor, Creative Director, Orangebox

As we rush into an age of driverless cars run by algorithms and made by robots, an age where fast companies eat the slow, we see how change comes slowly, slowly, then all at once. (Think Uber, Airbnb, politics, the environment, and now… the office.) So, before these algorithms finally eat us, we find ourselves super-busy creating non-threatening, wellness-centered, biophillic, comfortable, agile, generational and homey workspaces... slowly, slowly, all at once. Gerard explores the ‘perfect storm’ driving the rapid changes at the center of new workplace design.

12:00 Panel Debate: Challenges of Change

Peter Jones, Partner, Change Management Strategic Consulting EMEA Global Occupier Services Cushman & Wakefield

Do organisations fully leverage Workplace change to engage their employees, enhance their brand, and improve business results? Peter will lead a lively discussion on trends, tragedies, transition and all things change related to the workplace and its design and operation. Our panellists will reveal the good, the bad and the ugly of their collective experience to examine how best to leverage the opportunity of workplace change.

12:30 Innovation Showcase


12.45 Lunch

13:45 Welcome Back


Scott Brownrigg

15:10 Coffee

15:30 Expert panel: future of work – people, space and culture

Cal Lee, Founder and Head of WorkThere
David Kosky, Co-founder of Work.life,
Jeremy Bates, Head of Transactional Services at Savills,
Barra Mac Ruairi, COO at YTL Developments

In recent years there has been a considerable shift from the office market being dominated with traditional corporate offices to the rise of more diverse and flexible spaces - but what does the future of the office look like? Will it be a co-working space, traditional office, at home, at a coffee shop or at a hotel?

Join Cal Lee and this expert panel as they discuss the Future of Work, what it holds and the impacts on people, space and culture.

15:55 Closing Keynote: The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work

Andre Spicer, Author and Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Cass Business School

Andre explores what makes a workplace mindless, why being stupid might be a good thing in the short term but a disaster in the longer term, and how to make the workplace a little less stupid by challenging thoughtless conformity.

16:30 Closing remarks

16:40 Conference closes

16:40 The WORKTECH After Party…


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  • Over 3000 people attend WORKTECH each year and primary consists of Heads of CRE, Heads of FM and Chief Executives
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