That's a wrap on the first virtual CIPD Festival of Work. Taking place on 10-12 June, the virtual event explored how learning, technology and innovation can come together to shape remarkable organisations that put people first.

Thank you to all attendees, speakers, chairs, exhibitors, sponsors and suppliers who all pulled together to make this year's event one to remember. Take a look at the final day's highlights below.

In the conference

Dr Hannah Fry (Associate Professor Mathematics of Cities, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London) presented a fascinating opening keynote on humans vs automation – upskilling people to succeed in an AI-driven world. 

“The more technology you get, the more humanity you need.” Dr Hannah Fry

Dipesh Mistry (Learning and Development Manager, eLearning, myhomemove), Andy Lancaster (Head of Learning, CIPD), Sarah McGowan (Learning and Development Manager, eShopWorld), and Andy Gallagher (Digital Learning Lead, Appreciate Group) discussed how to digitise an L&D offer to upskill people and increase productivity. 

“People have the expectation of working remotely and developing as a part of a company.” Sarah McGowan

To close the three-day virtual conference, Caroline Criado-Perez OBE gave an eye-opening keynote on designing a world that fits everyone, highlighting the historical gender data gap and its implications in the workplace. 

“We have designed protective equipment around one type of body and the people who won’t have that body are really suffering, despite healthcare being a female-dominated workforce… Men are not a standard that women fail to live up to.” Caroline Criado-Perez OBE