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.


Conference Opens

Registration and Pre-Event Networking

Chairperson's Opening Remarks

The New World of Work: Challenges & Emerging Trends

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

Changing Frontiers: Global Trends for the New World of Work

Amid recurring disruptions, one constant now illuminates the world of work and workplace. This is a consistent line of travel towards flexible working, including its hybrid and remote variants, in the aftermath of the global pandemic. A significant majority of the workforce today express a desire for flexibility. More companies believe that supporting and enabling flexible work should be a priority. In this opening session, WORKTECH Academy director Jeremy Myerson draws on stories, data and evidence from around the global Academy network.

State of the Global Workplace 

Claire will examine key global trends and explore what they mean for leaders and organizations. What are the primary factors causing a decrease in employee wellbeing and the resulting increase in burnout and health problems? How can organizations create a culture of high engagement and wellbeing? What are the key risks and opportunities for organizations regarding employees’ positive perception of the job market and what are the implications for talent attraction and retention strategies.

The New Workplace Purpose

Why do we have physical workspace when the pandemic proved its fine to work remotely? Why is there a need to go to the office? This session explores the new workplace purpose. Is work now much more about space to connect, exchange, celebrate, share, communicate, laugh, cry, ‘run into each other’ and have an ‘unplanned’ meeting. And, is all this a human need? Heiko will talk about space as a visible sign of identity and culture and explore how it has an impact on the way we behave and act.

Networking & Coffee Break

Workplace Experience 

Companies are accelerating plans to invest in new technology, create flexible working environments and make the office a destination. We will examine the latest workplace technologies and innovations that will support workplace experience and the built environment in 2023 and beyond. 

Case Study: the new Nike Europe HQ in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany 

This session explores the theme of The City as Headquarters.  It examines how urban structures impact our way of working and can function as unique backdrop to enhance brand´s presence in the city. How Nike used urban structures in its design approach, how they integrate local culture into their company´s set of values and how to uphold an in-person work culture through an innovatively layered workplace experience.

Roche Case Study: Prioritising People to Deliver Optimal Workplace Experience

Delivering an optimal workplace experience for our people is a top priority for Roche. Following an extensive third party audit, they successfully achieve ISO 41001 (a global first for pharma and a large corporate). In doing so, they set standards worldwide, providing a common language and benchmark for best practice strategic, tactical and operational FM. Following an agile approach, the standards ensure ongoing and continuous improvement, and underpin Roche’s commitment to providing working environments that are efficient, effective, sustainable and inspiring.

Case Study: Form Follows Availability

This session explores the limits and opportunities offered by Circular Design in a contemporary workplace transformation project. It examines the bias and obstacles, the mindset and methodology and whether circularity and heritage are compatible. We explore these issues through a practical case study of an old military barracks into a new K-Haus centre dedicated to cultural, civic and social enterprises.

Case Study: Novartis Journey to Activity Based Working

Global pharmaceutical company Novartis is on a mission to reimagine medicine. Central to achieving this is empowering Novartis’s 110,000 employees to be creative and innovative with a culture that allows workers to thrive. Sascha shares insights into how Novartis has brought this culture to life and created a working environment to enable staff to make breakthrough innovations and transform the future of medicine. He shares how workplace needs to centre around workflow, workstyle, design and technology which need to be combined in the best possible way.

Expert Panel: Emerging Tech Reshaping the Way We 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 expert panel shares how some of the largest and most innovative global companies revolutionise how they use technology and how they attract and retain talent.  

Networking and Lunch Break

People Centred Workplaces: Cultivating Culture & Engagement  

How can companies make the office an attractive proposition to employees who now have more choice in where and how they work?  We examine the post pandemic impact on work, space, buildings and the effects on employee and company productivity and well-being, behaviour and culture 


UNICEF Case Study: Transforming to Agile Working, aligning culture with physical and digital environments 

Adapting the physical environment to align with new ways of working and a sustainable, agile & digital-first workplace. Focusing on a people-first approach to diverse, equitable, and inclusive office design. Brian explores they are leading the way to build a diverse equitable inclusive environment for hybrid working.  This session outlines how the program began in 2018 and how they have been leading and designing cultural and work-style adaptations within the organization from physical environment, technology, and soft management skills deployment.

Case Study: Boehringer Ingelheim

There is an opportunity to rethink the relationship between people and space with a view toward a more people centric approach for a new workplace space model. The workplace has the potential to be more than a place to only perform activities but also to be inclusive environment to accommodate for globally diverse users and provide equity for everyone that chooses to use it.

The Sparkle of Innovation: Planning and designing for cross-pollination.

Working with Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), Carlo Ratti Associates new research around communication patterns in remote working reveals how bringing people together from different backgrounds can create innovation. Luca explores whether online working prevents serendipitous conversations and constrains innovation; whether the future of working is, at least in part, in the office; and also reveals patterns in behaviour needed to create the effective office of the future

Networking & Coffee Break

The New Workplace Revolution

What does the future of work and workplace look like? What strategies are organisations adopting to bounce back from the coronavirus and what is the impact on the built environment and commercial real estate?  

Expert Panel: International Perspectives on the Future Lifesciences Workplace 

Industry experts discuss shifts to more data-driven approaches to workplace design, collaborations across hybrid teams, and the evolving priorities of leaders within the industry. How is the life science industry responding to the future of work in the long-term? And what can we learn from these large organisations about how to create cohesive teams across different geographical locations? 

Closing Keynote: Sex, Drugs, and Smart Technology- The Future of Work Driven by Big Data and the Human Brain

This unconventional keynote discusses everything from sex and drugs to happy hormones and designing spaces for each unique individual. Now the Co-Founder of Smart Building Collective, Elizabeth is bringing a diverse group of experts to help move the evolution of smart buildings forward. Smart has the ability to help create creative solutions from data to make our buildings more functional, sustainable, cost effective and healthier, more collaborative spaces for the people inside.

Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Networking Drinks

Conference Closes


Host Partner

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

  • Sony

VIP Dinner Host

VIP Dinner Sponsor

Supported By

  • WORKTECH-Academy