The conference brought together eminent leaders from across the world to explore and debate on the workplace of tomorrow as well as the new trends and technologies that are revolutionising the work culture. Around 250 senior-level professionals from diverse sectors like CRE, architecture and design, IT and facilities, among others, participated in the conference.
The event saw experts, including Philip Ross, futurologist and CEO of Cordless Group and UNWORK; Neil Salton, MD, ChangeWorq; Geetha Adinarayan, executive IT architect, IBM Watson Internet of Things, IBM Labs; Ulrich Blum, associate at Zaha Hadid Architects; Praveen Vasudeva, director, Workplace Resources, CISCO; and Anurag Mathur, CEO, SAVILLS.
The event discussed the changing face of work and workplace, the future of data-led workspace design, future of work with smart IoT and AI, how workplace design is used as a strategic choice, why architecture and design matter, optimisation of space at workplaces, and global tech trends and co-fusion between people, place, and technology that will shape the new world of work in years to come.
Speaking at the conference, Philip Ross, said, “The workspace market is growing exponentially, and India as a country is maturing into one of the powerhouses. With every possible global brand trying to carve a niche in India, we are excited about empowering international brands about the diverse culture and practices in India and help them implement that here. We would like to take best practices from the world into India and from India to the world. With digitisation and adoption of emerging technologies, India has a vast potential to explore and ride on the future of work and technology.”
The conference was also a platform for thought-provoking panel discussions, moderated by Neil Salton from Change. The first panel delved on ‘Alternative workspace strategies’, which is now all about people. It included eminent expert speakers from the industry — Ravi Sarangan, executive director, Edifice Consultants; Prasad Vemuru, regional director, Open Text; and Syed Moinuddin, senior director CBRE. ‘The future of work: The impact of disruptive technologies’ was the subject for the second discussion, while third explored how new ways of working are changing the real estate game in India.
Arunjot Singh Bhalla, MD, RSP Design Consultants (India), shared his thoughts on how important it is for architects and designers to think out of the box and challenge set norms. In an enlightening session that gave the audience an glimpse of novel structures through the history of architecture — from Taj Mahal to the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe to the Port Authority building extension in Belgium by Zaha Hadid — he explained how each design successfully broke the conventional rules of architecture.