conference agenda


The future of work is on everyone’s agenda. This event will feature leading industry experts, discussing where next for the future of work and the broad-reaching complexities of the current crisis. What the post-Covid-19 workplace will look like and how can organisations begin to cope with a new normal. In normal WORKTECH style, we will continue to discuss the opportunities and challenges for the future of work from a people, place and technology perspective.


DAY 1 | Tuesday, 20th October | 9.00 - 13.30 HKT/SGT

Leadership Through an Era of Crisis and Complexity

An Interview with Professor Lynda Gratton, Bestselling Author of The 100 Year Life

The dynamic of change in the post-COVID-19 era will combine new technologies, revised business priorities and shifting demographics leading to the 100 year life. But advances in technology and longevity have not been matched by supporting innovations to our social structures. Lynda Gratton looks at new leadership strategies as a path out of crisis.

Leading an organization through the uncertainty of COVID-19

Celebrated US Army General Stanley McChrystal will join WORKTECH CEO, Philip Ross in a debate about how the role of leadership is changing in these unprecedented times. McChrystal will share a new philosophy for leadership and team curation, whereby the role of leaders is to boost team morale, inspire and motivate. Given the current pandemic crisis, Philip Ross and General Stanley McChrystal will discuss the uncertain future of work and the importance of adaptability for organisations to become more resilient in the future.

Re-imagining the Future of Work

Case Study

How Siemens reimagined the future of work for more than 100,000 employees

Amidst the ongoing pandemic, a global MNC made the bold move to endorse mobile working for over 100,000 employees in 600 locations around the world. Siemens has defined and will share strategies behind the ‘New Normal Working Model’ which fits seamlessly into the concept of the future of work.

"Happy Ever After": Has the Great Covid WFH Experiment changed our relationship to work forever?

AI analysis of our global “Voice of the Crowd” research suggests that as a result of the Covid- 19 enforced WFH experience millions of office workers are now more trusted, more autonomous, more confident to try new things, to solve their own problems and more aware of how they produce their best work. Is this finally the catalyst to tip us into being true knowledge workers and what might this mean for the supporting infrastructure - culture, behaviours, leadership, digital and physical enablers - we will need for effective and meaningful work in the digital era?

Panel Discussion

Expert End User Panel: The Post COVID-19 Workplace

Over the coming months and years, individuals and organisations will make their own assessments about the role and value of a dedicated workplace, and they may reach very different conclusions. Returning to the workplace is set to become a conscious decision rather than the default position for most office workers. Our experts will discuss what new strategies will be required to lure people back and offer their predictions for the future of the workplace.

Dynamic Workplace Models

WELL HSR: The New Global Benchmark for Healthy, Safe Facilities Management

The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and facility types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, occupant engagement and emergency plans. WELL HSR is designed to empower owners and operators across large and small businesses alike to take the necessary steps to prioritize the health and safety of their employees, visitors and stakeholders, instilling confidence and trust in occupants and the broader community.

The New Dynamic Workplace - The Flexibility of Spaces

The new workplace will need to be dynamic where employees balance between Work from Home and Back to work and yet ensuring that the collaborative nature of interactions still continue. The dynamic workplace will create an opportunity to rethink the spaces and the employee experience. There is an opportunity to cut cost as well. The presentation will be used to discuss the experiences and learnings Smarten has had deploying over 100 locations over the past 3 months in 40 cities around the world.

DAY 2 | Wednesday, 21st October | 9.00 - 13.30 HKT/SGT

Adapting to New Paradigms of Work

Leading the Emerging Workplace: The science behind how we handle a changing work environment

These unprecedented times have changed how we connect, work and use technologies (often not yet fit for purpose), in an ever-changing environment. Drawing on 30 years of industry experience, Dr Kerr will unveil the importance of understanding the neuroscience of human connection which can help us build and lead positive remote and hybrid workplaces that fosters trust, commitment and resilience, and leverage technology and skills as a true enabler.

The Death of Distance. Has Covid-19 triggered long term change for economic and civic life?

Twenty years since the original prediction and release of the ground-breaking book Death of Distance, Dame Frances will share her thoughts…. Is Distance finally Dead? Will Covid-19 lead to long term change for people and cities? What will be the future for economic and civic life? What are the most significant changes in the way we live and work? Dame Frances will explore all this and its impact across the globe.

No going back: How work has changed in ways that we've recognised (and not) in 2021

Work has transformed more than any of us felt possible in the last few months. But what are the long-term consequences? How can we build energised, positive productive workplaces. What does the future of workplace culture look like?

Enablers For the Future of Work: Tech, Experience & Design

Togetherness and Place: COVID-19 Insights and Prompts for Action in the Post-Pandemic Workplace

This presentation will report findings from new research focusing on the WFH experiences during the pandemic and a study of a coworking environment conducted immediately prior to and during the first COVID-19 lockdown. It offers insights into the value of place and togetherness, and lays foundations for workplaces post pandemic.

Panel Discussion

Expert Panel: Rethinking Traditional Workplace Models - Hybrid, Flex & Digital

As companies look to the future, what role will home and flexible office play as complements to the traditional office? Dramatic adaptations in how and where people work are at play with many companies now planning around a workplace vision of Home+Flex+HQ. Our expert panel will discuss the implications of these new workplace models for Asia Pacific region and explore how different businesses are adapting to the new paradigms of work.

Case Study


The past twelve months have severely challenged companies across the world to a degree few could have foreseen. The COVID-19 lock-downs around the world have simply highlighted the dominance of convention over progress in much of the built work environment. In this session, Jonathan & James will explore the lessons, opportunities and long term implications for workplace design; drawing examples of leaders from around the world, and outlining insights and thoughts around creating a workplace that’s not only fit for purpose, but becomes a major asset.

NASA: Innovation and Transformation

Dr. Douglas Terrier will discuss how America’s Space Program has created new business practices and operations during the pandemic. He also will share insights on NASA’s Artemis Program to return astronauts to the Moon and explore how NASA spinoff technologies have resulted in viable commercial products and services used in our everyday lives. In addition, Terrier will discuss how NASA is embracing digital transformation, a critical operational and culture change necessary for continued American space leadership in the 21st century.


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  • Work-Design-Magazine
  • Workplace Evolutionaries
  • WORKTECH-Academy
  • Cordless Consultants

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