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Stream four | Workplace Technology and Innovation

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From the disruption and opportunities created by recent developments in automation and artificial intelligence, to the importance of leveraging data, effective learning technology and HRM systems, technology is increasingly embedded in everything we do. We need to understand and embrace new technology to drive our businesses into the future. Doing so will enable smarter ways of working and learning, while driving innovation and productivity. How do we navigate this constantly evolving landscape of workplace and learning technology? And how do we practically leverage it for the benefit of our people and businesses?

Day One | Stream Four
10th June 2020
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Olympia London

Building good businesses – developing resilient workforces to thrive in uncertainty

Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD
Professor Simon Anholt
Founder, The Good Country Index and Independent Policy Advisor

The opening keynote will explore the most recent global macroeconomic and macro-political trends, their implications for businesses and how focusing on good work will enable organisations and their employees build resilience and succeed.

Leading good work in practice – translating the theory to proactively drive business growth

Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD
Andy Briggs
Andy Briggs
Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Group
Helena Morrissey
Dame Helena Morrissey
CEO of Newton Investment Management, a founder of the 30% Club
Professor Simon Anholt
Founder, The Good Country Index and Independent Policy Advisor

• Identifying what good work and good people practices look like and the skills we need to develop to embed it within our organisations
• Focusing on job quality, fairness and long-term skills development to drive business growth and societal well-being
• Increasing organisational productivity and output while driving brand reputation, employee and customer loyalty

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Explore the festival floor

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Olympia London

The power of prediction – leveraging people data for business success

Edward Houghton
Head of Research and Thought Leadership, CIPD
Jessica Hoskin
Jessica Hosking
HR Data and Insights Specialist, Financial Times
Charlotte Jackson
Charlotte Jackson
Group Head of Resourcing & Selection, Ministry of Justice
Steve Scott
Managing Director, Global Head of Workforce Management and Analytics, Standard Chartered Bank

• Identifying data and people trends to predict the future needs of your organisation and plan effectively
• Turning raw data into stories and insights to effectively communicate your findings and create a work strategy around them
• Understanding and improving culture, performance and productivity through effective use of people data within your organisation

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Olympia London


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Olympia London

Innovation on a budget – facilitating cost-effective digital transformation within the business

Sarah Corney
Head of Digital Experience, CIPD
Neil Perkin
Neil Perkin
Author of 'Agile Transformation: Structures, Processes and Mindsets for the Digital Age'

• Optimising the capability of your current technology and solutions to deliver smoother operations with minimal investment
• Planning your budget effectively to enable an effective digital workplace strategy that work for your organisation
• Identifying the best services to suit your people and organisation’s needs and drive
successful adoption

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Olympia London

Explore the festival floor

Implementing workplace innovation – applying workforce technology to unlock human potential and business growth

Megan Marie-Butler
Senior Research Advisor and Consultant, Augmented HR; PhD candidate, Leeds University Business School
Yvonne Cooke
Head of HR, Police Service of Northern Ireland
Kerri-Ann O’Neill
People and Transformation Director, Ofcom
Duncan Steel
Chief Technology Officer, Sellafield Ltd
Ian Bradbury
Chief Technology Officer - Financial Services, Fujitsu

• Leveraging technology to automate transactional tasks so humans can focus on strategy to maximise efficiency and business success
• Using cost-optimised technology to increase productivity and financial impact while enabling people success
• Ensuring smooth technological implementation and system integration to minimise disruption and facilitate buy-in

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Olympia London

The learning organisation – creating a culture of self-directed learning to drive adaptability and innovation

John Amaechi OBE
Organisational Psychologist, Director of the UK’s largest NHS Trust, and former NBA Player

Taking inspiration from the good and bad lessons learnt from real organisations, this keynote will focus on why an agile learning culture is essential for business survival and how we can facilitate a culture of learning that will create an effective knowledge-transfer ecosystem, inspire people to take ownership of their own learning and become more agile and creative.

Day Two | Stream Four
11th June 2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Olympia London

Humans versus automation? Upskilling people to succeed in an AI-driven world

Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD
Hannah Fry
Dr Hannah Fry
Associate Professor Mathematics of Cities, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

So how do we embrace AI and automation as an opportunity? How do we empower and upskill people to recognise its benefits? This keynote will explore the practical impact of automation on the world of work, and how we can harmoniously integrate people and technology in the workplace.

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Explore the festival floor

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Olympia London

The very real reality of AI and VR in learning – delivering immersive learning experiences in practice

Megan Marie-Butler
Senior Research Advisor and Consultant, Augmented HR; PhD candidate, Leeds University Business School
Nik McKiernan
Learning Development Programme Manager, Severn Trent
Neil Stewart
VP Global L&D, DHL Supply Chain
Will Chaney
Team Manager, Essex Social Care Academy, Essex County Council

• Real examples and applications of AI and VR in learning that will increase the effectiveness of your programmes
• Leveraging AI and VR to create realistic simulations and train people with immersive learning
• Exploring the use of immersive learning to develop team manager coaching capability

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Olympia London


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Olympia London

Technology for inclusion – leveraging new tech to support disability and neurodiversity in the workplace

Mel Green
Research Adviser, CIPD
Neil Milliken
Global Head of Accessibility, Atos

• Understanding the needs of diverse workforces to identify the right technology that will enable them to succeed in the workplace
• Applying technology to support and maximise the potential of neurodiverse talent and people with disabilities at work
• Creating a business case for investment in
inclusive technology and measuring the return of investment

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Olympia London

Explore the festival floor

Enhancing job quality with technology – ensuring technology adds value to your people

Anne Pearce
Vice President HR, Shell
Ilke Inceoglu
Professor Ilke Inceoglu
Professor of Organisational Behaviour and HR Management, University of Exeter Business School
Jo-Ann Moran
Diversity and Inclusion, Engagement and Comms Lead, Civil Service UK
Melissa Kantor
VP People Analytics and Insights, The LEGO Group

• Exploring the impact technology has on workers and navigating its effects
• What can HR and other functions do to ensure technology has a positive impact in the workplace and improve the quality of jobs
• Applying technology strategically so it adds value to working lives

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Olympia London

The power of inclusion - overcoming the barriers of a world designed for men

Mary Connaughton
Director, CIPD Ireland
Caroline Criado-Perez
Caroline Criado-Perez OBE
British Feminist, Activist and Journalist

This keynote will explore how organisations can successfully re-design jobs and workplaces to welcome and better cater for all diversity – to create a clear and contagious organisational culture and ensure that we make the most of all our talent while building a better society

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