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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.

Future of Living & Working in World Cities and Innovation Clusters

Unique perspectives on people, space and culture in the context of a fragile and uncertain world still struggling with the effects of living and working in the shadow of a global pandemic. We explore the challenge of inequality and discuss new ideas & opportunities for the future of work.

Welcome to Republic

A World Without Work

New technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. In the past, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. Is this time really any different? Advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk. Machines no longer need to reason like us in order to outperform us. Increasingly, tasks that used to be beyond the capability of computers - from diagnosing illnesses to drafting legal contracts - are now within their reach. The threat of technological unemployment is real.

The State of the Workplace

WORKTECH is founded on the principle that a harmony of people, place and, above all, technology should form the basis for how organisations plan the future of work. Amid the global pandemic, this vision has swum into focus as companies have pivoted to a new model with remote working and a hybrid model at its core.
In this session, Philip Ross will share how marginal ideas have become mainstream and by sharing an overview of emerging trends and latest innovations shaping the world of work, he will paint a portrait of the transforming landscape and share tools on how companies can embrace the

EXPERT PANEL Debate: Is the Office Dead?

We examine the future of the office and explore implications from the Investor / Developer / Architect / HR / Property / Technology perspectives. What are the key issues facing the future of the office in a post pandemic world


Welcome Back

The Future of Work & Innovation

The pandemic has been a catalyst re-shaping and re-thinking a new world of work. We examine what’s on the horizon for the future, how should business leaders respond and what should they prioritise to prepare for the future.

Fair Work in the Amazonian Era

How do we create change in the workplace (new technology, regulation, basic standards). How do we think about work and the rewards of work, and how do we respond to inevitable inequality? We explore how algorithmic systems are eroding good work’ and examine new initiatives in the context of the emerging future of work in London post the pandemic.

Innovation centres/Place Making for ‘Education meets Business’

Interview: Creative Leadership shaping the Future of Work

The role of creativity and design in helping to shape how organisations will perform in the future, in the context of how the London Design Festival has galvanised the creative industries in recent years and elevated London's standing as destination for work and investment

Skyfold Innovation Platform


Welcome Back

Post Pandemic New Ways of Working

We examine different industries and learn from how they have reacted to and adapted to the new world of work

Case Study: Learning from Life Sciences

As the industry looks towards leading workplaces to help forge a strategy back to the office, this session explores the pioneering journey GSK has undertaken to achieve its global Smart Working programme. Working closely with its technology partner Sony Nimway, GSK piloted a series of Innovation Hubs and smart workplaces across its global portfolio.

Case Study: Rethinking the Future of Work

As the world weighs up its real-estate options, we will hear from leading law firm Norton Rose Fulbright about their thinking for future proofing their workplace strategy and real estate footprint, while fostering creativity, new ideas and top talent. Michelle and Peter share the firm’s vision, roadmap, policy on hybrid, leadership and innovation through all elements including technology.

New ways of Working Expert Panel

The purpose of the office has changed. Hybrid Working is the term on everyone's lips but for many, big questions remain unanswered; How do you bring the workforce back into the office? and What should that office look like? Creating a truly effective workplace has always required a perfect balance between people, place and technology. Given this most recent and dramatic global shift in the way we work, how do we now best drive communication, motivation, engagement with the right facilities, tech, tools to work, think and collaborate.


Welcome Back

Hybrid Working with Technological Innovation and Leadership

How can we create districts and environments for communities to thrive? How will innovation hubs support economic recovery, drive social change and create inclusive meaningful workplaces? Workplaces that help connect, empower and attract/retain talent in an era when people have more choice

Unlocking IoT potential to shape new human experiences

This session examines how we can harvest the power of IoT and turn it into an enabler for human success. Imagine what we could achieve if we turned buildings into active members of our teams. A team member that was intuitive - that could sense, understand, and subtly address our needs without us even realising.

Hybrid Work and ‘Office as a Service’

We explore the ‘European first’ and the next generation Wi-Fi 6 network empowering and digitizing Canary Wharf with implications for the Future of Work

The New Era of Innovation and Digitising Canary Wharf

This session explores Innovation in the East and how to design workspace, education propositions, business services, local community initiatives, public realms, technology, WiFi6 connectivity etc to optimise innovation. What are the necessary ingredients for these communities to thrive? How will innovation hubs support economic recovery, social change, and inclusive meaningful workplaces? What kind of real estate innovations are needed to support big challenge agendas – climate change, health care, cyber security?

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Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • IWG
  • Locatee
  • Sony

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

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Supported By

  • WORKTECH-Academy