Conference Agenda


The future of work is on everyone’s agenda. This event brings thought leaders together to share cutting edge ideas on the future, from a people, place 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.



Chair's Welcome


A Human-Centred Approach to SMART Office Design

This session will explore the pioneering Edge Olympic headquarters which demonstrate a comprehensive combination of key components that make up state-of-the-art smart buildings bringing value to building occupants and management. We will also look at the importance of understanding employee collaboration patterns to drive office design. Join us as we explore how to use sensor and collaboration data to inform upcoming designs and how continuous measurement is imperative on the journey to positively impacting your people.

Building Intelligence with Light

The possibilities of smart lighting are endless. Every lightpoint sends and receives data. It gives facility managers the chance to measure occupancy, temperature, sound and more. And it gives employees the opportunity to book and personalise their workplace with the touch of a button. But a smart building is not technology gadget for the happy few. It is an investment that will support your company’s strategy.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

At Microsoft we embraced the philosophy of Working Smarter, Not Harder. We are on a journey with our employees to shape a future workplace that will give you more Life in a Day so you can focus on what matters most: your family, customers and co-workers. In this session we will share our digital transformation roadmap and how a smart building environment enables smarter work.

Panel Discussion

Five Years of Smart Office Experience

The smart office market is young, very young. The exciting part about this that there is so much room for rapid innovation and developments. These four parties have been there from the start. Let’s talk about what they’ve learned.

Coffee Break & Networking


Shaping a Human-Centric Workplace Around Activities and Preferences

As the role of data in workplace strategy continues to gain traction, workplace teams are shifting to a more scientific approach that allows them to improve employee experience and reduce waste. Measuremen's CEO Vincent le Noble discusses the justification for human-centric workplaces, based on individual preferences and activities.

The Future of Workspaces at

At, the Real Estate team has adopted an innovative data-centered approach to improving and maintaining our workspaces to satisfy the exacting demands of our people. This presentation will outline how we use a suite of scientific methods to produce a workplace that helps our people be happy, healthy, and productive, and why the approach is valuable to companies in every industry.

Panel Discussion

The Future Dutch Workplace

The Dutch have been pioneers in workplace innovation and this discussion will explore the evolution of design over the last 15 years, looking at key trend challenges and opportunities for the corporate office of the future.

Innovation Platform

Hear about the innovations being demonstrated in the exhibition space by our education partner Shure.

Lunch Break & Networking


The Sentient Workplace

Sentience is the capacity to feel, perceive or experience subjectively. It is the new battleground for workplace as people embrace AI and machine learning to personalise the future of work. The sentient workplace will explore the enablers behind this trend, how it will drive smart decisions and where companies will realise benefits as the battle of talent intensifies and focus shifts to contextualised employee experience and consumerised technology.

Have your Employees 'Escaped' the Office? How to Fix Flexible Working by Including Remote Workers in the Organisation Digitally

Many offices have reduced their desk allocation dramatically. The logic is that workers do not always need a place to sit. But many employees are unhappy. An important question to ask in fixing this situation is: how do you use technology to support your employees to work off site?

Case Study

Change & Innovation Within Dutch National Airline: KLM Case Study

Established in 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in the world. The airline has been through a rapid transformation over the last few years in order to compete with an increasingly competitive industry. This session will explore the journey KLM has been through, from a real estate, leadership and employee culture perspective, sharing some of the key challenges and successes.

Coffee Break & Networking


Building Tribes of the Future. Inclusive Leadership with Power and Love

Have you ever looked at your organization as a tribe? Jitske has. Jitske Kramer will take you on an exciting anthropological journey to the essence of culture. About how people shape cultures and cultures shape people. About the role of leaders and the importance of rituals during change and transition. Looking through the lens of an anthropologist is an eye-opening experience. You will gain a clearer focus on what is really happening in the dynamics of the organization. It’s like switching from black and white to colour TV.

The Healthy Office Revolution

Elizabeth Nelson is not your mother’s researcher. Burned out from the rock and roll world of advertising she embarked on a journey to discover how we work best. In a lecture that covers everything from sex and cocaine to feel good hormones and cognitive performance; her talk explains how our bodies and brains react to work and the incredible potential she’s seeing in her research to revolutionize the workplace.

The Neuroscience of Personality and Performance: The Influence of Workplace on the Brain, Body and Behaviour

The emerging field of Neuro-Architecture translates research from psychological and medical sciences to demonstrate the influence of built environments on health and wellbeing. Studies with CBE consider how introverted or extroverted personality traits may relate to performance on tasks, and individual mitigation strategies for different sound, light and workplace conditions.

Chair's Closing Remarks

Conference Close


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 Nicole Barretto for more information on speaking opportunities


Host Partner

Foundation Partner

  • Mapiq

Gold Sponsor

  • Signify

Silver Sponsors

  • Shure

Bronze Sponsor

  • ojmar
  • X2OMedia

VIP Dinner

Sponsored By

  • WORKTECH-Academy