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Jun 13
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09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chairperson Overview and Welcome
  • Jacqueline de Rojas CBE - President, techUK
09:10 - 09:30 20 mins
THRIVE: Adopting New and Agile Ways of Working, From Startup to Enterprise

- Identifying stakeholders – how to adopt a more inclusive bottom up approach to corporate change
- Developing employees as change agents
- The importance of a defined roadmap for change
- You can’t do it alone:  Achieving executive support for new workplace initiatives

  • Benjamin Samuels - Director, Enterprise Business Development, WeWork
09:30 - 09:50 20 mins
Everyday AI in action: Amplifying human ingenuity with intelligent technology

Humans have so many unique capabilities that no machine can replicate. We can be creative, empathetic, inventive and imaginative. The core of Microsoft's AI strategy is to amplify these capabilities and support human ingenuity and innovation in the workplace.

AI is not about humans vs machines, but humans and machines vs business problems. In this session, Angela Evans, Microsoft 365 Business Group Lead UK, will be exploring some of the challenges that humans are facing in the modern workplace and bringing to life elements of AI in Microsoft 365 that can help you address some of them within your organisation.


Join us to discover:

  • The reality of modern work
  • How you can empower your organisation by fostering teamwork, unlocking creativity, uncovering insights and securing your data and devices
  • The three core elements that build the foundation for Microsoft AI
  • How you can start using existing AI capabilities to benefit your organisation
  • Angela Evans - Microsoft 365 UK Business Group Lead, Microsoft
09:50 - 10:10 20 mins
Towards a workplace enlightenment

Is the understanding of what goes on in a workplace finally reaching an enlightenment, based on new data science?

In this presentation, we look at three fields of application, occupancy, temperature and wellness. Insight is offered on experiments run by Konica Minolta to bring to life more human-centric, science-based and enlightened services.

  • Paul Chaplin - Head of New Incubations and Startup Investment Europe, Konica Minolta
10:10 - 10:35 25 mins
Panel - Workplace Technologies – Where to Invest and When?

- Engagement apps, enhanced analytics, automation, gig platforms, AI, flexible office, remote coms: What is on the market and what suits your business needs?
- End user perspective: Employees must be consulted to ensure that investments in technology will directly benefit them
- Stay ahead of your workforce: Beat the trend in millennials procuring their own workplace technologies
- Using design thinking to create an integrated digital workplace


  • Sam Shah - Director, Digital Development, NHS
  • John Miu - Chief Operating Officer, Royal Albert Dock
  • Moderator Devyani Vaishampayan - Managing Partner, HR TECH Partnership
  • Tariq Maonah - Digital Product Lead, Legal & General
10:35 - 11:00 25 mins
Morning Meet & Greet with Coffee
11:00 - 11:20 20 mins
Workplace Analytics - Data as a Driver of Cultural Change

- The future of HR is data-driven– how can organisations use their data effectively to improve retention, engagement and satisfaction?
- how do you create a culture of data driven decision making in HR?
- how do you know which analytics solution is fit to solve your problem?

  • Jordan Pettman - Global Head, People Data, Analytics and Planning, Nestle
11:20 - 11:40 20 mins
How IBM is transforming its Talent Acquisition Strategy using Traditional and Artificial Intelligence
  • Huw Jones - Talent Acquisition Manager GTS Europe & Sourcing Lead EMEA, IBM
11:40 - 12:10 30 mins
Panel - Here, There, and Everywhere - Using Technology to Engage a Distributed Workforce

- What apps and tools are available to help engage a distributed or mobile workforce?
-  How do employers encourage mobile employees to engage with tech initiatives? Challenges across demographics
- Creating a sense of loyalty and purpose in dispersed employees
- Developing leaders who understand the Future of Work

  • Kelly Hartman - Chief People Officer, Flywire
  • Darren Isaacs - Transformation Programme Director, Stagecoach Group
  • Moderator George Muir - Founder, Udal Cuain
  • Chintan Patel - Chief Technologist / CTO, UK & Ireland, Cisco
  • Hanna Greenfield - Digital Transformation Lead, Avios
12:10 - 12:30 20 mins
Accelerating Innovation with Organisational Agility

Organisations have to move faster than ever to keep up with the frenetic pace of change coming from internal, external and competitive factors. In this session, you’ll hear from Slack’s Head of UK, Stuart Templeton about how agile organisations drive innovation under pressure by coordinating diverse sets of people with an expanding set of apps and data.

  • Stuart Templeton - Head of Slack, UK, Slack
12:30 - 13:00 30 mins
Panel – Mind the (Skills) Gap: Preparing for an Uncertain Future

- What are the essential elements of digital literacy for a modern workforce?
- Strategic workforce planning for the future without clarity on the expertise needed for roles of the future
- Anticipating automation and AI
- The importance of creating a talent pipeline for the organisation through reskilling
- Who is responsible for the skills reboot? How much is up to the employer vs worker?
- What is the role of policy and regulation in preparing workers and businesses?

  • Moderator Richard Skellett - Founder, Digital Anthropology
  • Sarah Atkinson - Chair, Diversity & Skills Council, techUK
  • Adam Micklethwaite - Director of Digital Inclusion, Good Things Foundation
  • Simon Leeming - Head of the Digital Skills Partnership, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Emily Jenkins - Youth Ambassador, Girlguiding UK
13:00 - 13:45 45 mins
Networking Lunch
13:45 - 13:50 5 mins
Welcome Back from the Chairperson
  • Jack Parsons - CEO, Big Youth Group
13:50 - 14:10 20 mins
Future of Work HR Hack #1: Repurpose before you purchase: tech that's already integrated in your business that you could use for HR
  • Liz Dowling - Chapter Lead, Hacking HR
  • Alan Walker - CEO & Founder, Udder
14:10 - 14:30 20 mins
A Glimpse Into Deutsche Telekom’s (DT) HR Laboratory
  • Which skills and internal technologies does a workforce in highly disruptive and quickly changing markets such as the telco business need in order to stay competitive?
  • What do employees expect form their workplace in the “war for talents” era? And how can companies anticipate their expectations?
  • These are the questions DT’s HR laboratory, the “HR Digital & Innovation” department, is asking and seeking solutions to by exploring, testing and introducing new agile ways of working and technologies such as VR, AI or gamification to the Group.
  • Julia Herpel - Digital HR Innovation, Deutsche Telekom
14:30 - 14:50 20 mins
Employee Experience Inspires Intelligent Transformation

An organization’s most important asset is its people. For the first time in history, there are five generations active in the current workforce. This means that organizations and employers have to evolve into a workplace of the future in order to adapt to the changing workforce. Driven by technology, this intelligent transformation is altering the modern employee experience as we know it – from the devices we use, to the spaces we work in, to the ways we collaborate with each other. Smarter technology will offer a future workforce the opportunity to transcend historical and cultural limitations of the past into a new era of intelligence.

  • Gianfranco Lanci - Corporate President & Chief Operating Officer, Lenovo
14:50 - 15:15 25 mins
Panel: Balancing workforce satisfaction and business objectives

- Achieving the crucial balance of implementing workforce initiatives and improvements while still maintaining key business KPIs

 - Allocating budget to workplace tech and new initiatives

- Client vs employee satisfaction – are they mutually exclusive?

- Leveraging common employee goals to sync with business needs 

  • Laura Wilkinson - Head of People, Verv
  • Bradley Wright - CTO, Verve Software
  • Moderator Jon Ingham - Executive Consultant, Strategic Dynamics
  • Emma Gibbons - Talent Management, Contract
15:15 - 15:35 20 mins
Closing the employee experience gap

Operational data tells us what employees are doing. Experience data tells us why they do the things they do. Together, these data sets help us understand staff more deeply allowing businesses to enhance employee productivity, engagement and well-being.

  • Tom Loeffert - EMEA HR Director, SAP Concur
15:35 - 16:00 25 mins
Afternoon Caffeine Hit
16:00 - 16:25 25 mins
Future of Work Hack#2 – Becoming Agile: Quick Ways to Become Agile & Start Using Sprints to Improve
  • Liz Dowling - Chapter Lead, Hacking HR
  • Alan Walker - CEO & Founder, Udder
  • Jeff Wellstead - Chapter Lead, Hacking HR
  • Spencer Ayres - Co Founder & Chief Product Officer, Future Builders
  • Jordan Poulton - CEO, Founder, Future Builders
16:25 - 16:40 15 mins
Fireside Chat - Understanding the Millennial Mindset & Engaging Through Tech

- Millennials are often mentioned in popular media for having unreasonable and unrealistic expectations – but what makes them so different from previous generations?
- How can tech and social media be used to attract, retain and engage millennials?
- Attracting young people to pathways to work – apprentice/internships and training
- Millennials (supposedly!) want to make the world a better place -  is the future of work key to inspiring them?
- Will there be a bigger shift in expectations as Gen-Z enters the workforce?

  • Moderator Kris Hunt - Social Media & Content Manager, SMRS
  • Richard Mason - Senior Digital Product Owner, Lloyds Banking Group
16:40 - 17:10 30 mins
Using Evidence and Data to Create Inclusive Cultures
  • Separating fact from the well intentioned myths that do real harm
  • Identifying the actions that will have the greatest positive impact
  • How we can use tech to help, not hinder, inclusivity
  • Moderator Melissa Sabella - CEO, The Honeycomb Works
  • Caroline Marsh - Head of Behavioural Science, The Honeycomb Works
  • Evelyn Carter - PhD Senior Consultant, Paradigm
  • Brian Evje - VP, People, Pusher
  • Sarah Chowdhury - Head of Change Delivery, Lloyds Banking Group
17:10 - 17:40 30 mins
Panel: The Formula for a Winning Team – Diversity

- Tackling unconscious bias in recruiting
- Do quotas help or hinder?
- Looking beyond traditional talent sources to bring in fresh perspectives
- Intertwining inclusivity and innovation to see real business benefits
- Best practises for achieving workforce diversity

  • Elspeth Coates - Enterprise Client Director, Makers Academy
  • Christos Tsaprounis - Head of People & Culture, AutoTrader
  • Lauren Sager Weinstein - Chief Data Officer, TFL
  • Moderator Aisha Tummon - Co-founder, WEDS (Women Empowering Diversity in Start-ups)
  • Richard James - Head of Digital Technology & Engineering, Nationwide
17:40 - 17:50 10 mins
Chairs Closing Remarks
  • Jack Parsons - CEO, Big Youth Group