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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 May 4th 2017
Convene 117 West, 46th Street, New York

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.

Sessions include:

Slowly, Slowly - Then All at Once

Gerard 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 Taylor, Orangebox Creative Director, explores the ‘perfect storm’ driving the rapid changes at the center of new workplace design.

The Theatre of Work

Clive Wilkinson, Design Director, Clive Wilkinson Architects

The contemporary workplace has become dependants on good design to support a critical level of knowledge sharing, to attract and retain employees and to communicate brand values. The Theatre of Work examines the factors that influence the design of the new workplace and how it performs for its users.

How Workplace Analytics Will Enable the Future of Work

Ryan Fuller, General Manager, Workplace Analytics, Microsoft

We are sitting on a gold mine of collaboration data generated by the systems that millions of people use every day. Ryan Fuller describes how you can harness the power of this digital exhaust to understand the behaviours that drive productivity and engagement. Hear how Microsoft transforms behavioural data into insights that unleash the full potential of your people.

New Technologies, New Behaviors, and New Visions for Work

Diana Rhoten, Managing Director, IDEO

The rise of new social behaviors spurred by the gig economy and the emergence of advanced technologies like AI are changing work. Conversations around shifts in work have captured everyone’s attention, but they have yet to generate a vision. We as organization designers can help business leaders forge that vision.

The Future of the Smart Workplace

Ryan Anderson, Director of Commercialization & Business Development, Connected (IoT) Solutions, Herman Miller

How are smart, connected solutions impacting the future workplace? Join Ryan Anderson from Herman Miller for a conversation about how key technology trends – mobility, consumerization, and the internet-of-things, are intersecting to create new challenges and opportunities for those designing and managing spaces. The objective of this presentation is to help make sense of complex technological trends and provide practical next steps for facility, real estate, and design professionals to work with their IT counterparts to explore the future of the connected workplace.

The Office of the Future is Like a Full-Service Hotel

Chris Kelly, Co-founder, President and Chief Development Officer, Convene

The changing nature of the way we work has changed the way asset value is created, which in turn changes the way space is built, serviced and operated. The workplace of the future requires integrated technology and service, and will operate much like a full-service hotel, with the sleeping rooms swapped out for desks and workspace.

The Art of Attraction

Andrew Lam-Po-Tang, Executive Director, Business Transformation EMEA, R/GA
Rosa Riera, VP, Employer Branding and Social Innovation, Siemens

Every industry that is experiencing digital disruption is facing a talent shortage. Many traditional companies have suddenly found themselves competing for talent with companies that they never considered to be their peers in the talent market. New digital challenges and new dynamics in the global workforce require a fresh approach. Global manufacturing and electronics firm Siemens is addressing this challenge by rethinking its employee experience and employer brand.

Identifying the Right Workplace Utilization Strategy

Phil Kirschner, Senior Vice President, JLL
Michelle Lindgren, Vice President, Credit Suisse

Measuring utilization can elevate your real estate strategy. Finding the right solution depends on your workplace program maturity, internal partnerships, and what you need to make actionable decisions. We will demystify the process of defining requirements, giving you confidence to evaluate options and, ultimately, develop a sustainable workplace utilization strategy.

BCG create an office of the future in Hudson Yards, New York

Ross Love, Senior Partner and Managing Director, and Managing Partner for New York, The Boston Consulting Group

A very different type of workspace has been created for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) at their new home in New York at 10 Hudson Yards on Manhattan's far West Side. Based around the idea of ‘neighbourhoods’ for practice or industry clusters, it provides shared spaces for both their consultancy and non-consultancy people in an environment that promotes community and interaction, with a focus on energy and activity-based spaces.

Team of Teams

Chris Fussell, former Navy SEAL Officer, Managing Partner, McChrystal Group

Technology and human behaviors have transformed dramatically in the past few decades, but organizations have not kept up. The pace of disruption has become overwhelming and unpredictable. Complexity will only continue to increase, and organizations must fundamentally transform the way they operate to keep up. In order to tackle these challenges, efficiency-based operating systems need to give way to a networked, flexible, and resilient team of teams that can adapt to an ever-changing problem set.

Next Generation Digital Workplace Expert Panel

Chairman: Peter Miscovich, Managing Director, Strategy + Innovation, JLL

Tremendous forces are converging to radically transform the “future of work” and the enterprise workplace as every company becomes a digital company and every worker becomes a digital knowledge worker.

Every worker and every workplace will be impacted by emerging human to machine “cognitive” technologies and accelerating digital transformation. Our panel session will explore how every very aspect of work—from our daily work experience to how global businesses organize their work processes—will be transformed by the digital revolution which continue to accelerate and intensify in the years to come.

Disruption is here: Flexible workspace breaks the mold

Ben Munn, Managing Director, Solution Development & Consulting, The Instant Group

With the growth of coworking and flexible office space, occupiers are questioning the conventional Real Estate model.

Instant, the global flexible workspace specialist, examines the seismic market forces shifting the way workplace is being planned, delivered, consumed and managed. The disruption that has been forecast finally seems to be happening, and fast. Instant uses its exclusive, proprietary data to show what is driving this demand.

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


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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