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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 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.


Welcome from the chairman

After 24 years as the BBC's media correspondent - and 40 years reporting and analysing media issues for the press and broadcasters – Torin now speaks, writes and chairs events for a range of media, arts and academic bodies, including Voice of the Listener and Viewer, BBC Alumni, Worktech.

The Great Office Return and the Changing World of Work

How we engage with technology, space and each other is changing. Companies are accelerating plans to invest in new technology and environments. We examine what the post pandemic workplace experience will look like in 2021 and beyond.

Keynote: Consumerisation of the Workplace

What can companies expect in the new hybrid world where people have more choice

How technology plays a role in hybrid working and building culture

Expertise and opinion backed by high-profile case studies as well as research which reveals working trends and habits. Slack touch on various topics such as: Changing work patterns, managerial challenges: how to support companies and workers, how to beat the ‘Great Resignation’ to attract and retain talent, what the future of work will and must look like, how technology plays a role in hybrid working and building culture and why and how businesses should maintain human connections in a digital-first world.

Expert Panel: Technology Tools - Redefining The Future of Hybrid Work

In the age of the “anywhere office”, technology will play a more vital role than ever. It is now crucial for businesses to understand how people are using workspaces and implement technologies that will keep teams connected, organized, safe and ultimately enhance their experience and productivity. Our experts will shed light on some of the key technology innovations that are transforming how people work and explore critical questions around digital equality and collaboration for hybrid teams.


Welcome Back

Hybrid Workplace Experience - a new reality

How we engage with technology, space and each other is changing. Companies are accelerating plans to invest in new technology and environments. We examine what the post pandemic workplace experience will look like in 2021 and beyond.

Envoy Innovation Platform

Workplace Experience – Employee vs Employer

Workplace experience is critical. We know being in the workplace builds productivity, teamwork, compassion, enables collaboration across silos and supports new employees. It overcomes many of the key challenges of isolation, problems with IT support and connectivity and balances home and work life. This session examines the digital tools that support and encourage better physical meetings and explores how we can offer high end-user experience while also delivering key data for employers seeking operational excellence.

Sound ideas: aligning acoustics and productivity for the new world of work

Flexible new ways of working have opened a wealth of opportunities for organisations to reimagine how their workplace could meet the workforce demands. Whilst, an exciting and unique moment for companies looking to create a more agile and resilient approach to the future of work, it does not come without its challenges. Kasia and Jesper present a new report, What Will The Post Covid-19 Workplace Sound Like? exploring the parameters of workplace performance and how acoustics and productivity can be enhanced for the ‘work anywhere’ workforce.

Fireside chat; EXPERT PANEL: Post Covid Workplace

What does post-Covid workplace look like? Understand usage and occupancy of buildings, floors, seating areas, conference rooms, all the way down to individual desks.

Routes to Revival: New Research and evidence on the return to the office

This panel of global thought leaders examines how new workplace strategies and technologies can enhance experience and collaboration in the ‘post-pandemic’ workplace whilst sharing best practice, success stories and expertise. It examines the workplace strategies driving business recovery in the wake of the pandemic and addresses the question: what are the routes to revival?


Welcome Back

Look to the Future

Case Study: FinTech and Old Banking

This session examines the contrasts between the workplace strategies of the FinTech and Old Banking sectors with insights generated from key case studies including Coinbase and Goldman Sachs in Birmingham. We also gain an understanding into a changing acceptance of shared technology by the financial sector.

Digital Workplace

New Research from the WORKTECH Academy. More than 18 months on from the outbreak of the pandemic, employee expectations of work and workplace have significantly shifted and organisations are left with a blank canvas to redefine their workplace experience. A new report by Vecos in partnership with WORKTECH Academy explores what those new expectations are and how the experience is likely to change for employees and building managers alike in the future.

CLOSING Keynote FLEX: Reinventing Work for a Smarter, Happier Life

Coronavirus has proven what many have long championed: working 9-5 in an office doesn't work for most us. Annie examines how now we have a plastic moment: we are reassessing and reinventing the way with live and work and need to think innovatively about the challenges we face.
With increasing self-knowledge of our bodies and minds, flexing our creativity and our performance is more achievable than ever. Annie explores how we can link flex to creativity and navigate away from inequality. How we can innovate away from constraint.

Closing Remarks


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Gold Sponsors

  • IWG
  • Locatee
  • Sony

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Supported By

  • WORKTECH-Academy