The Future of Work is NOW! Innovations in robotics, AI, intelligent apps, cognitive computing and chatbots are changing the reality of what it means to live and work in the Digital Age. Come join us and explore these emerging tech trends with world leading experts who will give you a clear image of how the technological disruption we face will impact your organization and the people who work in it. Embrace change with us, get inspired and make sure you stay one step ahead of the crowd to truly unleash your people!
Most companies look at tomorrow with the things they know about today. But in a world of rapid and exponential technological change, that is no longer enough. We have to understand the ‘Day After Tomorrow’: new concepts, ideas, technologies and models, and use that knowledge to scope our future. In the world of HR, it means we have to rethink the very core of our mission, it means we have to re-imagine our role, and most importantly it means we have to rethink our tools and instruments. The future of your company, in the Day After Tomorrow, rests on your capability to reshape your organization into the age of agility and fluidity.
As one of the four founders, Corinne Vigreux speaks about TomTom’s journey starting with 4 people and scaling to a global organisation in a very competitive and fast paced environment. What does it take to be able to simultaneously pivot and maintain a constant level of innovation?
Moreover Corinne shares her experience as a leader; how is it to guide an organization through rapid change? What is required from leadership to ensure you navigate through stormy weather? How do you keep your company’s values and culture?
Breaking myths about the startup scene, unicorns are massive companies with massive disruptive ideas and products reaching beyond 1 billion in valuation. But how do these startups do it? What are the reasons for their extraordinary rise? We’re bringing together top unicorn leaders who will give you the recipe for success and let you in on how they made it and what they expect to see in the Future of Work. Join these influential and inspiring unicorn leaders for a panel, moderated by Robin Haak, that will teach you how to break the startup status quo to build a stellar product and continue to lead the way in innovation.
As we’ve seen over the past year, women face huge obstacles in the technology industry. However, there are women who have obliterated the glass ceiling in the space to found and lead top companies in technology. In this dedicated panel on women founders, our panelists aren’t just leading tech businesses, these organizations are specifically working on technology for and about women. China Gorman moderates this one of a kind discussion you don’t want to miss with leaders who are paving the way for the next generation of female tech leaders.
Sarah Wood is co-founder and CEO Unruly, a video ad company that brings videos to viral stardom. A true role model for female entrepreneurs, Wood’s presentation connects diversity and employee experience. How should new talent find the right role model in their organization? How can diversity in hiring lead to innovation in your product creation? Dr. Wood will present us with her experiences with building the teams at Unruly and how diversity has made Unruly what it is today.
Machine learning is currently advancing at a rapid rate. We will look at some current capabilities, and consider some longer term prospects of artificial intelligence. The transition to the machine intelligence era is likely to have profound consequences for human society. We will also discuss some issues that arise when considering the possibility of machine superintelligence.
Can you achieve true success through a relentless race to the top at the exclusion of all else? Arianna Huffington makes a compelling case for a different approach. By redefining success beyond money and power, she urges audiences to consider a third metric in measuring success—one which is “based on well-being, health, our ability to unplug and recharge and renew ourselves,and to find joy in both our job and the rest of our life.” Mounting evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, confirms that the practices that make us less stressed also make us more productive, and Huffington provides clear examples of how this is not only good for families' and employees’ health, but also good for a company’s bottom line. Even though the current male-dominated model of success isn’t working for either gender, Huffington acknowledges that women must lead the charge in changing the current ethos. Eloquent and engaging, Huffington shares how ‘leaning back’ makes for wiser leaders and how ultimately, success is not just about money or position, but about living the life you want—not just the life for which you settle.
In his short presentation Dr. Danny Thorniley will review some of the key global economic-political risks facing the world, including the destruction of the traditional work/job/career structure. His key contention is that the global economy and global corporations have never recovered properly from the 2009 financial crisis. And that policies implemented by both governments and corporations are jobs negative and create a new generation of the “precariat”. Did you know that nearly all net new jobs created now in the UK, France and the US are non-traditional and that youth income in France (UK and USA) is at its worst relatively since 1789? This is bad for society, but also bad for business! – employees are, after all, consumers. The drive for profits destroys the drive for sales. Add to this the role of technology and the future looks bleak. Emerging markets are not immune: why employ thousands of cheap labourers in China and India when you can have 300 robots in Dagenham or Dusseldorf? Outsourcing and downsizing are great for profitability and dividends per share but not for jobs; and robots don’t pay tax - so governments will have less revenue to spend on those unemployed workers. Or should we tax the robots? Where do we go from here?
There will be lots to learn about new technologies at this conference with significant advances in artificial intelligence and automation for example. But the technology that might just have the greatest impact in the long run, is also the hardest to get your head around.
Blockchain, while almost certainly geekier and more “under the hood” than some of the more glamorous tech subjects, also has the greatest potential to fundamentally disrupt how we organise both work and society in the future. Up until now the most visible uses of block chain technology have been in crypto currencies, but as Ethereum, and it’s concept of a Digital Autonomous Organisation makes clear, it's greater potential is in decentralising authority.
Euan Semple has written much over the years about "The ideology of algorithms” and in this keynote he will argue that as our lives become more influenced by technologies designed and controlled by a very small group of increasingly powerful people the impact of those technologies on our lives and work is far too important to leave to technologists alone.
You are who you hire. This truth applies to organizations, executives, managers, and recruiters. SmartRecruiters Hiring Scores is the first productized way of measuring quality of hire. Join SmartRecruiters’ founder and CEO Jerome Ternynck, a 25-year recruiting veteran,as he shares this new approach and gives insights on what it takes to do great hiring.
Many predictions are made on the future of work. Are robots really taking over? Femke invites you to step back and look at the financial drivers behind technological developments, as fiscal policies are impacting our decisions to choose between man and machine. How can we tweak our tax codes to facilitate an empowering and sustainable economy?
We have been infused with knowledge over the past two days, knowledge that is contextual and conceptual; now how do we take it back and DO SOMETHING with it. Jason Averbook, conference MC and CEO of Leapgen will help us understand how creating a digital workforce strategy will take our learnings and put them into action immediately as well as create our action plans for 2018. A session not to miss as will put a bow on the entire conference.
Cyber-Physical systems are transforming production and logistics, AI saturates business and personal life, robots are everywhere, and vehicles drive themselves. Collectively, these trends emphasize the movement towards a deeply automated society, but driven by a radically different kind of automation than in the past. The keyword of today is Autonomy: the automation of automation. And the implications are staggering: Most work as we know it is about to be automated, and most people think this will mainly affect “someone else”. Hidden within these numbers, Dr. Scharfe spots a way of reorganizing work and society that might raise an eyebrow or two. In this talk, he reflects on the societal implications of highly disruptive autonomous systems. The insights are gleaned from the Geminoid-DK project (the world’s most lifelike android crafted in Scharfe’s likeness), as well as from current work with exoskeletons, smart production and autonomous vehicles. This is a personal story of a driven man and his work with technology on the edge of tomorrow. Dr. Scharfe is known as a passionate international speaker with extensive experience from around the world. He delivers insights at a high pace and typically with a pinch of (very) dry humor.
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