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.

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Conference Opens

Welcome Address & Introduction To mHUB

Learn about mHUB's hyper-resourced environment and ecosystem that is changing the landscape of HardTech development and creating the conditions for physical product innovation to thrive in the modern workplace ecosystem.

Fireside Chat: How AI Will Enable the Future of Work with Digital Talent

Join Alexandra Levit, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of "Deep Talent: How to Transform Your Organization and Empower Your Employees Through AI" for an insightful fireside chat discussion. Explore the pivotal role that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have in shaping the Future of Work and the Future of Talent for the next generation of Global Workforce Transformation. Gain valuable futurist insights and practical strategies with real-world case studies as to how we can harness AI's potential to enable greater human performance with exceptional business outcomes.

The AI-Powered Workplace: Bridging the Gap Between People and Places

This micro-session will delve into the transformative power of AI-enabled automation in reshaping the digital thread of corporate real estate. As the CRE industry evolves rapidly, understanding and leveraging these technologies is no longer a luxury but a necessity. The talk will explore how AI and digital threads are not just technological upgrades but strategic tools for sustainability, efficiency, and enhanced tenant experiences.

Coffee Break & Tours

CRE Digital Transformation: The Leadership Blueprint to Influence Decisions and Drive Change

CRE leaders are facing many headwinds that threaten to stifle growth and impede progress. These challenges are driving the transformation CRE and technology leaders must orchestrate together to continuously deliver business value and meet new requirements for growth. JLL Technologies' Stuart Bern and Connor Gray have enabled many of the world's largest and most complex organizations to reshape how real estate and operations deliver value in new and more agile ways. They will share insights into CRE transformation journeys, pitfalls, best practices, and tangible outcomes.

How Workplace Data Built Trust, Efficiency, & Engagement at Rapid7

As workplace environments evolve, how can organizations use data to effectively build trust, manage employee expectations, and make sound real estate decisions? Join Andrea Diieso and Emily Dellenbaugh, leaders in Workplace Experience at Rapid7, an award-winning cybersecurity solutions provider, along with Mary Carnes, Workplace Insights & Community Lead at OfficeSpace Software, for an engaging fireside chat. Discover how these innovative and forward-thinking women use data-driven strategies and human-centered design to improve workplace management and employee engagement.

Integration Unleashed: Merging Workplace and Building Management Systems

As corporate real estate leaders navigate the intersection of innovation, technology, and management systems, the challenge is not just to keep up, but to stay ahead. This session delves into the potential of integrating workplace management platforms with building management systems—an approach that can unlock significant enterprise value. With a focus on understanding the current trends in WMS/BMS integration, we will explore how such integration can fuel innovation and drive efficiency and how to effectively plan a roadmap for this technological convergence in your organization.

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Automation ≠ AI: How to Move the Needle When Your Organization isn’t Ready for Advanced Tech

More than half of industries believe that technological advances with AI will be the most influential factor in shaping the modern workplace. But the reality is while workplace, security, and IT leaders are buying into the hype around emerging technologies, there are several looming roadblocks in the way. In this session we’ll discuss areas you can work to bridge the gap between where you are today and the workplace of the future.

Lunch & Networking Break

Workplace Topophilia – The Role of Place in the Digital Age

Biophilia has been a buzzword for years (and rightly so), but in 2024, a new term has been emerging to take the spotlight: Workplace Topophilia. While topophilia sounds similar to biophilia, it represents a distinct concept: our connection to place. The way we experience places, and the way we connect to spaces, is deeply rooted in human beings. But how much are we actually aware of our connection to place? How is technology impacting our spatial awareness, both now and in the future? The ongoing tug-of-war between our digital and physical realms is on – and it’s harming our wellbeing.

From Languishing to Flourishing

This talk examines a case study of one of the most exciting new offices in the USA. The discussion will focus on how to move from pre-pandemic models that were characterized by a pervasive sense of languishing, to a future based on deep flourishing. In doing so, we will explore concepts originating in sociology that will be critical to developing metrics for tracking the behavioral impact of our physical environments in the larger context of hybrid work.

People, Places, and Profit – Optimizing Innovative Social Impact Investment Strategies

Redefining innovative social impact by leveraging people-led, place-based, and adaptive re-use investment strategies that combine emerging and disruptive technology principles to optimize social, economic, and organizational wellbeing. By being proximate to communities, listening to their needs, and investing in their long-term sustainability, organizations, corporate real estate investors, and technologists can be agents of social change while optimizing strong returns.

Coffee Break & Tours

Think Tank Breakout Discussions

Join our interactive think tank discussion groups, where we explore the future of work's most compelling topics. Alongside, keynote presentations and expert panel discussions from industry experts, we invite our audience to participate in interactive peer-to-peer discussions to exchange ideas, problem-solve and share experiences, challenges and insights with the workplace community.

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. When thinking about how you are leveraging workplace data alongside emerging disruptors like AI and spatial computing within your organizations, how can we create seamless experiences to thrive in the digital era?

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 instil 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 meaningful employee experience? What innovative approaches to space, amenities and shared resources should be considered?

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?

Expert Panel: Adapting and Innovating for the Workplace Ecosystem of the Future

In this closing panel, join esteemed global senior leaders as they reflect on key learnings throughout the day, discuss applications of workplace innovation within their respective organizations and share their thoughts on the future of work and ever-evolving ecosystem of work and workplace.

Conference Closes

Networking Drinks Reception


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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  • Deloitte

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  • WORKTECH-Academy
  • Workplace Evolutionaries