Workshops

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The corporate retro futurist Keith Logan, Claire Duquesne (Capgemini Australia)
“The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine” (Asimov)
Capgemini invites you to step into the world of a corporate retro-futurist. Join us on the 22nd of September to consider the future visions of the past and to discuss whether we have to imagine the future before we can create it.

Beginning in the 1950’s we are going to take a journey through the real-life and fictional predictions of utopia and dystopia, and then create the story of 2050. What may be an outlandish idea today might be the unremarkable reality of tomorrow; are ‘death and taxes still certain’ when your phone constantly manages your bespoke nanobots and you are earning a universal basic income?

As for us, is there space in the corporate world to be outlandish? Is a futurist the same as a technologist? And ultimately, are companies like Capgemini destined to be the creative elite or doomed to serve the machine?

Tools of Innovation:  Every-day tools for business – from boardroom to the coal face Heath Brown (Commonwealth Bank)
Innovation is everyone’s responsibility.  So how do we make sure every layer of role in a business has the tools to plan, drive and scale innovation in their organisation – whether it be product, strategy, distribution or process innovation?

In this workshop you will be taken through tools of innovation you can use every day, ranging from design thinking methodologies born out of Stanford University, through to strategy tools for innovation used for effective planning.  Attendees, are asked to bring a live business challenge to the session.

The NEW Digital Disruption: Where people matter more than technology Anne Bartlett-Bragg, Jakkii Musgrave, Natalie Hardwicke (Ripple Effect Group)
What happens when workplaces manipulate our experiences with technology?

How have we empowered technology to dominate our workplaces practices?

How do we rebalance this trajectory?

This workshop will explore the impact of technology in future digital workplaces through the employee experience. We will review current themes such as: Employee engagement; Performance management; Developing empathy; and Digital workplace culture.

Join us if you want to challenge the rhetoric dominating digital workplace literature and practices.

Growth, Change and Risk – the model for meeting the challenge of modern governance Simon Neaverson (GovernRight)
Modern governance requires a fundamental shift in thinking. Relying on a master-servant relationship, the traditional perspective of governance, actually exposes those in oversight under the modern regime.
In this workshop Simon will discuss his 7 Pillars Of Good Governance framework, with an emphasis on understanding the critical relationship between oversight and management and why a culture of engagement is critical.
At the core of Simon’s framework, is the Growth, Change and Risk model. Simon contends that every Board, whether a start-up, NFP or ASX 100 listed entity, should focus on:

  • How they are going to GROW the organisation;
  • Monitoring and preparing for CHANGE;
  • The oversight of the management of RISK; and
  • How the finite resources of the organisation will be deployed in priority of focus.

Ultimately this workshop will arm the audience with the practical tools for embedding a Good Governance framework that meets the challenges of modern governance.

Closing the Digital Gap: A workshop exploring new ways to capture the business value of technology James Dellow (Chieftech), Paul Galland (Flipside Enterprise Services), Scott Ward (Digital Infusions)
Digital disruption is creating more business challenges than at any period arguably for the last 30 years. The technology onslaught is playing havoc with how businesses compete, how they are constructed and what choices they should meet moving forwards. Don’t plan ahead, and the risk of getting left behind is very high.

But there’s a dilemma when businesses do try and plan. Their entire structures, governance and value revolve traditionally around investment decisions not based on capturing the business value of technology. Yes, technology value is captured today but only at an operational, cost-driven level. So how do we close this gap between the digital challenges of today and the ill-equipped traditional forms of capturing business value? And why does this matter to us as a society?

Through a scenario-driven workshop process James, Paul, and Scott will use alternative business value frameworks to explore how we can close the digital gap.

VR Hands-On Workshop Mike Seymour (University of Sydney / fxguide)
VR has been an isolating experience until recently but now new projects are putting the humanity into this cutting edge technology. With Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One about to hit cinemas, we explore bringing humans into a shared Virtual Reality experience and how this could impact on Entertainment, Education, Aged and disable care. Join Mike for a hands-on exploration of VR technology and an engaging discussion of its future applications.
Coworking Spaces: The new places where people work, businesses grow, and corporates connect Tim Mahlberg (University of Sydney Business School)
Our workplaces are undergoing a significant disruption due to new technologies, the rise of the freelancer, desire for flexibility in our work, and the drive for innovation.

Coworking spaces offer insight into ways to foster meaning and purpose in the work environment, highlighting the importance of building a sense of community, and how culture manifests beyond the physical layout.

Join this experience to learn how coworking works, hear insights into the growing coworking scene in Australia from our recent research, and visit a local coworking space to see it in action!