Conference Agenda


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 specific to the workplace industry.


Conference Opens

Chairperson's Opening Remarks

The New World of Work: Challenges & Emerging Trends

Leading the Way: Designing Operating Models for the Future

In today's increasingly complex and dynamic business environment, the call for modernisation in operating models is clear. New Zealand's businesses are primed to pioneer this transition, holding a unique advantage in shaping a more agile, efficient, and sustainable future. This session will look at actionable tips and tricks for leaders, emphasising the importance of nurturing talent, fostering innovative cultures, and harnessing cutting-edge technologies like gen AI to boost efficiencies and elevate customer experiences.

Fireside Chat: Spark’s Operating Model Adoption

Join us for a fireside chat with Guilherme Riederer and Tessa Tierney, Product Director at Spark New Zealand, as they delve into the future of operating models. Tessa will share insights from her experience in implementing Spark's new operating model, offering valuable perspectives on adaptation and innovation in the digital age.

Rationalising Workplace Footprints by Understanding the Employee Evolution

Kristie's presentation will focus on fostering a deeper understanding of the staff's needs in the workplace, aiming to rationalise the organisational footprint. She will delve into the evolution of the workplace from 2004 to 2024 and offer insights into potential changes by 2024. Additionally, Kristie will discuss the Employee Evolution Index®, a tool developed by Studio DB. She utilises this tool in her team to collect data through pre and post workplace satisfaction surveys.

Networking & Coffee Break

Adapt & Innovate: Embracing Change to Craft Future-Ready Workplaces

New Zealand Workforce Use of AI at Work: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

The presentation will describe the use of AI at work from a large study of the New Zealand workforce. It will describe the frequency and depth of AI use at work and provide insights into what organisational characteristics drive its use and the positive and detrimental effects of use.

Expert Panel: Workplace Pilots and Innovations

Explore innovative approaches to creating and measuring flexible and adaptable workspaces and smart environments that enhance employee well-being, productivity, and engagement in this enlightening and dynamic discussion. The panel's focus will be on sharing priorities, introducing pilots, and highlighting the wins, the surprises, and the learnings so far.

Interactive Group Discussion

Modern Workplace Solutions by Biamp

Join us as we delve into the intricacies and evolving dynamics of contemporary office spaces. Discover how Biamp leads the way in pioneering cutting-edge solutions to elevate workplace functionality. This presentation will focus on innovative workplace hotdesking and meeting room solutions, providing a glimpse into the future of collaborative and highly efficient workspaces.

Networking & Lunch Break

Global Horizons: Discovering Workplace Excellence

Navigating the Future of Employee Experience and the Talent-Culture-Inclusion Nexus

In this insightful panel discussion, we bring together distinguished HR leaders who will delve into critical aspects of modern workplace dynamics. Our esteemed panellists will share their expertise and experiences on navigating the ever-evolving landscape of talent acquisition, culture building, and fostering inclusion within organizations.

Case Study: Adidas HQ, Portland Oregon

This session spotlights Adidas’ market-leading North American headquarters development in Portland, Oregon, which has received international recognition for its environmental impact and sustainability efforts embedded throughout the project. Led by Studio O+A, who’s ground-breaking designs for Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Nike, McDonald’s, Slack and many other companies have demonstrated the power of design to make the work environment a catalyst for creativity and a vehicle for change.

Networking & Coffee Break

Elevating the Future of Work – A Think Tank Exploration into People, Place, and Technology

Think Tank Breakout Discussions

Think Tank Discussion

Talent of the Future and the New Employee Value Prop

Let’s delve into strategies for attracting, retaining, and harnessing the potential of tomorrow's workforce. What innovative approaches can be leveraged to enhance culture and bridge organizational needs with the aspirations of the next generation of employees?.

Think Tank Discussion

Digital Transformation: Thriving in The Modern Workplace

As the pace of technological advancements accelerates, we explore digital transformation and share lessons learned in navigating the modern workplace's digital terrain. How can we leverage workplace data alongside emerging disruptors like AI and machine learning to thrive in the digital era?

Think Tank Discussion

New Paradigms of Work

The post-pandemic era has given rise to new paradigms of work, including decentralized teams and flexible schedules. As business leaders strive to instill purpose and meaning within their physical workplaces, how can organizations proactively adapt to this "post-peak" office era and ensure that their workplaces remain conducive to collaboration, innovation, and employee well-being?

Prioritising Psychological Wellbeing at Work (in the age of constant availability)

In a world where work travels with us everywhere we go, it can feel harder and harder to switch off. Amanda’s presentation will cover some of the latest research on prioritising psychological wellbeing in the workplace – focusing on the impact of working longer hours and being constantly “available”. She will outline when our relationship with work moves from helpful to harmful, and share three key evidence-based strategies for keeping ourselves, and others, in the green zone.

Chairperson's Closing Remarks

B:HIVE Workplace Tours

Conference Closes


WORKTECH speakers are leading international thinkers, industry strategists and radical visionaries. Our speakers 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


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