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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 conference programme will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces and people, change and engagement.


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Revolutionising the Smart Workpalce

What's now and what's next for Smart Buildings?

Micro Metropolis

Successful cities have always been places of intense interaction, diversity and innovation. Their forms and landmarks shape culture and allow communities small and large to live, work, learn, develop and evolve side by side. Can we learn from the spaces, places and features of cities to design more healthy, supportive, collaborative, innovative and productive workplaces? Showing projects by Zaha Hadid Architects, Uli Blum will present how past, present and future cities can provide valuable lessons and become a role model for the post Covid workplaces.

Southworks: Case Study of the World's Smartest Building

Southworks is the first building in the UK to be evaluated using the Smart Building Certification framework – it uses state-of-the-art technology to increase efficiency, support hybrid work models and reduce points of friction for occupiers and guests. The highly innovative building is embedded with IoT technology that measures environmental variables such as internal and external air quality, density, occupancy and noise levels. In this session, experts discuss the benefits and expectations for smart technology that support a seamless, safe and smart experience for the future of work.


Welcome Back

Smart Technology: Enablers & Innovations

Why Smart Buildings Now Need to be REALLY SMART

The impact of the global pandemic on Smart Buildings has accelerated business interest and uptake; but it is also placing unprecedented strains on office buildings to become adaptive and flexible amid a rise in hybrid working. The climate emergency is also placing fresh demands on the workplace. Do we have the technologies to cope? In this session, Jeremy Myerson, Professor Emeritus in Design at the Royal College of Art, reviews recent research around the WORKTECH Academy network which suggests smart buildings will need to be smarter than ever before.

Enabling Your Workspace Can Be Sustainable

This session examines how using new technology to encourage a flexible and agile working environment can, in fact, be the first step to improving sustainability, not only in the office but everywhere. Exploring how the use of personal mobile power storage can enable true agile working, but also revolutionise the way we source the power in the first place.

Fireside Chat: Building Better - The Future of Connected Buildings

With fast, reliable internet connection in commercial buildings now being as fundamental as heat and electricity, and connectivity technologies unlocking ever more opportunities along the IoT value chain, companies and landlords must create detailed plans, with trusted suppliers, to deliver in these areas. They must be open to change, adapting to suit new connectivity expectations and customer preferences for simplicity, pushing legacy suppliers to work to higher standards for their tenants. Likewise, they should be prepared to investigate new business models, processes, and ways of working.

Innovation Platform: Catering Solutions for Smart Buildings


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Creating Spaces: Case Studies and Lessons Learned

Delivering a Smart Experience to Incentivise the Post Pandemic Return to the Office

What are the post pandemic challenges for the commercial real estate market? How have user expectations changed? How are leaders in smart building and workplace design and operations winning the hearts and minds of the workforce to deliver an engaging and productive end user experience. Are smart buildings and hybrid work environments now table stakes to attract and retain talent and deliver a productivity edge?

Accepting Cookies in Physical Space: Use Cases that Benefit Occupants and Drive Organizational Value

On screen, we are familiar with clicking the button to accept the cookies, but what is the corollary in physical space-based technologies? This talk will focus on exploring human-centered use cases that identify viable ambient intelligence with org value, occupant needs, and privacy laws in mind.


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Where Next? The Future of Connected Urban Environments

Case Study: EDGE London Bridge

EDGE London Bridge is EDGE's new and first London project. The new sustainable development, located at St Thomas Street on London’s South Bank aims to turn the ca. 23.500 sq m tower featuring 26 floors of commercial office space into London’s most sustainable office tower, designed to achieve both BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Platinum certification. This session sheds light on the state-of-the-art development and highlights the importance of occupier health and wellbeing, public access and the sustainability agenda.

Unlocking the Next Wave of Value: IoT, 5G and Digital Tenant Services

Breathtaking views, a luxurious reception, transport links and top-tier amenities aren’t enough to help differentiate the Grade A workplace of the future. Digital Tenant Services will be key to unlocking the next generation of value for your tenants. The great news is it won’t cost millions in capital and a 5-year plan to add value to every square foot of your building. In this session, we share the vision for the workplace of the future, and how real estate developers, building owners and property managers can use digital services to create value for both corporate and retail tenants.


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WORKTECH speakers are leading international thinkers, industry strategists and radical visionaries. Our speakers come from some of today’s most successful companies as well as a broad range of progressive and influential organisations.

Please contact Caroline Bell for more information on speaking opportunities


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