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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


B:HIVE Case Study | Post-Occupancy Insights on New Zealand’s Largest & Smartest Co-Working Space

BVN and Smales Farm will share the latest post-occupancy insights on the B:HIVE, which was recently voted the best office in the world at the 2019 World Architecture Festival. Interconnected, shared and cross related like the urban fabric; the B:HIVE emulates the future workplace environment and establishes a sustainable model which can be rolled out across the rest of the growth precinct. Whilst it incorporates elements of some existing workplace practices, this model is a global first. The building fosters growth and recognizes a need for adaptability.

Expert Panel Discussion | Placemaking

The essential measure of success for the placemaking concept in the workforce is experience. This panel will explore the importance of giving people choices when creating place, and fine-tuning those choices based on what the modern worker wants and needs. This ranges from workspace to amenities and retail.

Coffee Break & Networking


AI and Cognitive Technologies Automating 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 are enabling successful dynamic workspaces and enhanced workplace automation and workforce experiences. We will look at these cognitive technologies, what they are and how they can be applied to delivering real-time augmented interactions, automation and visibility.

The Future of Human-Machine Collaborations

Soul Machines is a ground-breaking high tech company of AI researchers, neuroscientists, psychologists, artists and innovative thinkers; developing technology that will change the way we interact with machines. The use of AI in industry and business is on the rise, but the technology promises to transform more than just the ways industries operate. Greg will share insights on the more human side of Artificial Intelligence and how these technologies will change the world we live in.

Innovation Platform | GHDWoodhead Creativespaces

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 consumersised technology.

The Future of Meaningful Work & Well-Being

As one of the worlds experts on the topic of meaningful work, Marjo has found that the existence and absence of meaningful work has a profound impact on all aspects of work behavior including motivation, ethics and leadership. She will explore what makes work meaningful, examining the importance of well-being and meaningful workplace experience.


The 4 Day Week | An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Andrew will explore why a 4 Day Week is important to our businesses, our communities, our families and the planet. If you have wondered how you might be able to incorporate this in your business, this is the session for you.

End User Expert Panel | The People Perspective

Our expert panel will discuss major trends that we predict will make an impact on work and the workplace, addressing the future of employee experience and work culture. They will share their thoughts and perspectives on the corporate office of the future.

Expert End User Panel Discussion | The Future Workplace

Reflecting on insights shared throughout the day, this expert panel will address latest trends in workplace property and physical space that are impacting how and where work takes place.

Chair's Closing Remarks

Networking Drinks & B:HIVE Workplace Tours

Conference Close


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 Samantha Cullum for more information about speaking at this event.


Host Partner

  • Smales Farm

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  • WORKTECH-Academy

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