WORKTECH17 Sydney - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace









Conference: 9th March 2017
International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

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:

The Importance of Placemaking in Successful Workplace Communities

Lee Valentine, Partner & General Manager, Hoyne

As lines continue to blur between work and home and as alternative ways of working continue to evolve, creating a sense of place and community has never been more important when it comes to attracting talent and creating breeding grounds for future success. Great placemaking puts people - their needs, their wellbeing and their potential - at the heart of things, meaning companies must look beyond the workplace and consider amenity, precinct and infrastructure in order to realise all potential social and economic benefits.

The App Centric Workplace

Philip Ross, Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

New technology that enables new ways of working and user experience. Philip will look at a rage of cutting edge technologies with a particular focus on new apps, smart buildings and Real Time Real Estate.

How Technology Shapes Us

Fiona Kerr, Industry Professor, Systems and Neural Complexity, University of Adelaide

Fiona examines the impacts of technologization on our working lives, and how it can either enable or block such things as connectivity, communication, productivity, creativity and deep thinking depending on how it is designed and used. So how do we best leverage human-digital partnerships, and when is direct human interaction best?

AGL’s Workplace Transformation Journey

Suzanne Westgate, Head of Workplace & Property, AGL Energy

As an energy company in an evolving and dynamic market, AGL has been on a transformational journey over the past two years – our strategic roadmap is all about embracing transformation, driving productivity and unlocking growth for our customers and shareholders. At the same time, we have been transforming the way we work – with Smarter Working – AGL’s brand of activity based working in our corporate offices, utilising data and analytics to assess how we use our workplace and anticipate our future requirements, a new flexibility policy and a commitment to sustainability in the workplace.

Digital Workplace

Dr. Kristine Dery, Research Scientist, MIT Sloan, Centre for Information Systems Research (CISR)

Kristine’s research in the dynamic between technology and the way that people work has been a focus of her publications and teaching for the last 15 years. Currently she is investigating the design and management of the workplace to understand how organisations use digital capabilities internally to create more effective ways of working, and the impact of new ways of engaging with talent in the digital era.

Organic Spaces

Frank Rexach, Vice President & GM, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Haworth
Viswesh Sathi, Director Strategic Services, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Haworth

In the uncertain world live in, clients are looking for ways to create spaces to facilitate innovation while also maintaining and evolving this footprint leveraging analytics. Haworth has developed a model to support clients on this journey and will share how customers are leveraging this new approach to future proof their CRE investment.

Challenge the Traditional Landlord / Tenant Model: The Rent per sqm vs. Rent per Desk Debate and the Desire for Flexible Lease Terms

David Rolls, Head of Development, Lendlease
Brent Harman, Global head of Real Estate and Experience, Atlassian

Tim O’Connor, Head of Office Leasing, JLL

Can we shift the traditional leasing model to that of a more innovative co-working style of arrangement, such as that operated by WeWork globally? Hear from those in the technology industry, such as Atlassian’s Head of Real Estate and their view on the need for landlords to shift to more flexible lease terms. Discuss the rent per sqm and incentive deals governed by a lease agreement and the view to move toward a rent based on a rate per desk - what this mean to landlords; how we space plan, design our future workplaces, and how our agents negotiate across the market.

Impacting Culture – Lessons from The Field

Simon Coles, Managing Director, Amicus

We all understand the importance of having a clear strategy to achieve our business goals. Many of us have also heard that “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. If we ignore culture, our strategic intent could be fatally undermined. But what is culture, and what do we do about it? This session proposes an environmental model for understanding and shaping workplace culture, illustrated with case study material, and available for immediate application.

Stop thinking about workplace

Natalie Slessor, General Manager, Workplace & Change, Lendlease

The commercial property sector has a crisis in customer focus and creative direction, proposing solutions of the past to business of the future. How can we transform our approach to providing workplace solutions so we really meet what occupiers want? Natalie is an environmental psychologist with 20 years’ experience supporting organisations in transformation using their workplace as a key vehicle of change. She will share her experiences and current perspective, and why we need to stop thinking about workplace.

The Future of the Smart Precinct

Paul Edwards, General Manager Workplace Experience, Mirvac

In between the smart building and the smart city, is the smart precinct. These significant urban quarters combine the latest technologies with new real estate strategies to support and catalyse the tech-led economy. In an era of rapid business disruption, they can help small start-ups to grow and large corporates to adapt.

Collaboration Beyond Motherhood

Peter Brady, Founder & Director, Collaborative Design

Why are the worlds most advanced and innovative tech companies (Google, Amazon, Citrix, Adobe) turning to non-tech solutions for innovation? The answer revolves around the power of face to face collaboration.

Unlocking the Power of the Group: 3 Keys to Building a Collaborative Workforce

Adam Lanteigne, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

For any business to remain agile, innovative and relevant over the next 10 years, it must attract, retain and unlock the potential of its human capital. Technology is one key, but digital transformation requires business leaders to rethink how they connect their teams effectively. Adam works at the heart of Microsoft’s device division. Hear his insights on creating an engaged and collaborative workforce.


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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