The future of work, real estate, technology and innovation. The Nook team attended Londons WORKTECH18 day one yesterday to hear some of the biggest and brightest names debate and discuss the future of work and the workplace.

Amongst the crowd were senior professionals across real estate, HR, technology, executive management architecture, design and professional advisors here to listen to global thought leaders and share best practice and expertise.

We brought several Nook Workpods and set them up to help guests attending be able to have dedicated areas for work or meetings – well used throughout the day.

Nook at WORKTECH18

Day one we listened to talks ranging across global tech trends, collaboration in modern workplaces, the rise of intelligent machines and their impact on work. Early in the day Howard Lewis, Device Business Group Lead at Microsoft shared his thoughts on how to connect the workforce, increase productivity and bring people together no matter where they are in the world. Rohan Silva (previous Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and creator of the Tech City initiative) also started off the day with insights into the future of work.

More speakers throughout the day dived into topics covering work in the age of intelligent machines (George Zarkadakis), how job roles will change as AI automates critical tasks of high performing and pivotal jobs. Buildings in the future becoming empathic – digitalising and creating innovate ecosystems to be able to accelerate business (Tomi Teikko).

Lucky enough to also catch a great panel discussion on sustainability, adaptive buildings, technology for transport, AI, wearables – the “future office” and ideas on next-generation workplace design. Fascinating insights into smart devices as a gateway and how workspaces can become more app-centric. How buildings know where people are based on cellphone and nav tools. The explosion of voice in the workplace, Alexa and Bose shoulder assistant.