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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 Future of Work: How to Amplify Human Potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Artificial intelligence, robotics, additive manufacturing, AR/VR, quantum computing, and gene editing are among the suite of revolutionary technologies that are disrupting every industry in the world. What do they mean for the future of work and jobs? Dr. Khanna takes you on a journey through the main forces that will reshape the corporate world, emphasizing how each sector can leverage these breakthroughs to make workers more productive, innovative, and empathetic.

An Introduction to Augmented Work

As developments in AI, automation, robotics and machine learning create new scenarios for work and workplace, Paul and Esme, will explore the parameters and features of augmented work explored in the report. Drawing on five different types of human-machine interaction (assigned, supervised, coexistent, assistive and symbiotic) to suggest implications for commercial office property.

Emotional Skills and the Future of Work

Emotional intelligence or “EQ” is no longer a “nice to have” optional skillset. The flip side of the technology revolution is that human skills such as creativity, originality, initiative, critical thinking, persuasion and negotiation will actually grow in importance. Developing our emotional skills is a core part of improving our overall wellbeing at work and our ability to not just survive, but thrive. We know that emotional intelligence is important, but we’re not always quite sure what it

Coffee Break

The Deep Work Academy

We’ve done a fabulous job over the past 30 years creating more and more collaborative and connected workplaces, but have we designed headspace out of our buildings and cities? Natalie will explore the value of headspace to businesses and communities, and what Lendlease is doing in this space. And beyond the need for headspace people are now also leaning towards doing more meaningful work, work that is deep in the sense it is connected with a purpose. Natalie will open up questions about how your organisation can optimise deep work and work with meaning to best engage the next generation.

Building A Best Workplace That Drives Performance

Salesforce is incredibly proud to have been named Australia’s 1 # Best Place to Work for the 1,000+ employees’ category, for the second year running. This presentation will provide an overview on our approach for driving employee engagement, by focusing on Culture, Technology and Data.

The Return on Investment of Designing for People and Wellbeing

How can we, as workplace leaders, have a positive impact on the environment while taking care of our people and bottom line? Using interactive discussions on the topics of physical and mental well-being, community support and healthy environments, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the methods used to measure the impact of design on people and the planet with practical with practical examples from around the globe.

Lunch Break

Designing High-Performance Workspaces

While much has been done in quantifying the negative impacts of open-plan offices it is time to identify design solutions that actually perform well in order to protect the millions of workers now and in the future. This presentation will discuss key findings from Australian high-performance, open-plan offices case studies.

Where to Next – From the Perspective of User Strategists

The workspace has changed considerably over the last decade, but what do the people who are actively developing, implementing and measuring the performance of workspace strategies see the future being?

James and Andrea have joined forces as key members of ERA-co, a new and unique, ideas lead consultancy with User Strategy, Brand, Urban Systems and Digital expertise. James and Andrea will present their predictions of the ten most important workspace trends for the coming decade.

Workplace 4.0: Bigger. Better. Bespoke.

Workplaces and spaces as we know them have fundamentally changed over the last 10 years. But the reality is that we are sitting on the brink of a new wave of evolution for work as we know it.

Coffee Break

The Journey To Net Carbon Zero And Beyond

The property market is shifting and so are our customer’s needs & demands. How can we help our customers on their journey to achieve Net Carbon Zero and beyond? There is no one technology provider today who can achieve this on their own. Collaboration & alliances are key to successful outcomes. Schneider Electric’s Keith Miller will deep dive into why key partnerships are critical in the built environment.

Buildings As Active Contributors In Business Success

Buildings are no longer passive assets. Instead, they are interfaces between people, processes and services within, and should be treated as active contributors in business success. Office buildings should function as a platform for innovation and experience by offering a smart environment and people-centric solutions.

Digital Safari

Philip will talk about the innovations and trends he is seeing around the world in key workplace during the UNWORK Digital Safari’s programme.

Future of Workplace: End User Expert Panel Discussion

Our expert panel will discuss major trends that we predict will make an impact on work and the workplace in Asia. They will also share their thoughts and perspectives for the Corporate Office of the future.

Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Drinks Reception


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.


Host Sponsors

  • Lendlease

Gold Sponsors

  • IWG
  • Mirvac

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Supported By

  • WORKTECH-Academy