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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.



Chair's Welcome

The Impact of Disruptive Design in Real Estate Related Decisions

In recent years, “disruption” has been a buzzword in the tech industry, but how can it be applied to workplace design? We will demonstrate how a non-linear design process helped designers to work alongside the client and encouraged them to be braver and learn at pace.

High Performance Workplaces

Showcasing the award-winning work by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ulrich Blum will talk about the future of office buildings and how they are developing in a global context. Ulrich will explain ZHA’s latest workplace projects and elaborate how computational workplace tools help to shape the workplaces of tomorrow.

How Smartification will Impact the Democratization of the Working Style

The development of technology will evolve flexibility (Activity Based Working) and creative working styles. These work styles are fundamentally different from the traditional work style offered to employees by their companies. We have entered into a new era where employees decide their own individual working style. Technology enhances the individual abilities and enables employees to move away from conventional working style.

This is known as the “Democratization of the Working Style”.

HUMAN + MACHINE: Re-imagining work in the age of AI

AI is changing all the rules of how companies operate, requiring leaders to reimagine business processes, redesign job categories, and reskill workers to collaborate with smart machines. This presentation will discuss the innovative processes, job titles, and skills that are required to work and win in Age of AI.

Innovation Platform: Make Connections Feel Effortless - ‘Hear and be heard’

What it takes for drawing out a better outcome from meetings?
Meeting environment is now getting one of the key factors in which productivity and efficiency are demanded in the context of work style innovation. You will find what problems in ‘sound’ you really experience in meeting spaces and will be inspired by latest technological efforts towards those problems.

Lunch Break & Book Signing

An Introduction to Augmented Work

As developments in AI, automation, robotics, and machine learning create new scenarios for work and workplace, Jeremy Myerson, director of WORKTECH Academy, will explore the parameters and features of augmented work. He will draw on five different types of human-machine interaction (assigned, supervised, coexistent, assistive and symbiotic) to suggest implications for commercial office property.

AI and Cognitive Technologies Automating - Augmenting the Workplace Experience

Technology innovations such as AI: Machine Learning, advanced detection and recognition, natural language understanding, bots, and digital assistants are providing workplace intelligence which is enabling successful dynamic workspaces and enhanced workplace automation.

Leveraging ONA to Drive Business – How to go Beyond the Proof of Concept

Some Japanese companies started embarking on big data analytics in HR but few have managed to harness the intelligence to make their business more productive. This presentation covers best practices and lessons learned for using Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) to improve your ROI in data analytics.

Coffee Break

The Flexible Space Market 2020

As Tokyo's office market evolves in accordance with changes in corporates workstyles, it is also following the global trend towards flexible workspace. To understand how and why, Xymax Real Estate Institute explores the dynamics of workplace change and experience in the world’s largest office market, in partnership with WORKTECH Academy

How Can Japanese Companies Change Their Work Styles?

The reform of work styles in Japanese companies are different from the change of working styles that we have seen globally. In this session, we will introduce different new ways of working strategies and talk about how they have been received and adopted. NTT will reflect on these new ways of working and in particular how they have impacted work styles in Japanese companies.

How Will You Live Your Hundred Year Life?

Or does the idea of living to one hundred excite you or fill you with dread? The way we live and work is changing, our lives are elongating but our healthy life span is not. To thrive in the future our lives will need to prioritize wellbeing and balance the demands of both life and work to allow people to perform at their best.

Chairpersons Closing Remarks

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

Please contact Isabel Dewhurst-Marks for more information about speaking at this event.


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