The Future Of Work in Northern Ireland
Solutions Summit

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Automation –  One of the biggest threats and opportunities of the 21st Century for NI?

The 2017 Knowledge Economy Report from Connect at Catalyst Inc has just been released and features specially commissioned research into the potential impact of automation which will form the basis of the Future Of Work In NI Solutions Summit.

Click here to view the full report, open data and press release.  

The 2017 Knowledge Economy Report from Connect at Catalyst Inc has just been released and features specially commissioned research into the potential impact of automation which will form the basis of the Future Of Work In NI Solutions Summit.

Click here to view the full report, open data and press release.  

What is the solutions summit?

This Solutions Summit offers a unique opportunity for delegates to explore how the perceived threat of automation offers a significant opportunity for business growth, through our keynote speeches by inspirational global thought leaders, a series of panels with leading experts in business and automation and our two highly engaging interactive workshops.

Leaders of NI companies who have already embraced automation will bring the impact of automation to life through their real-life case studies. They will share their experience and explain how they subsequently gained a competitive advantage. Delegates will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences while learning together at this unique event for Northern Ireland.

The Future of Work in Northern Ireland Solutions Summit will provide business leaders and key stakeholders with a unique forum to learn about automation from world experts. Learn from businesses who have gained significant competitive advantage from adopting automation and how they have dealt with challenges such as: managing displaced workers, sharing new ideas, building real-world solutions and applying the newest tools for accelerating innovation, entrepreneurship and impact at scale. Join us, and your peers from around the world as we learn and build together.

Steve Orr, Connect Director

November 2017

Case Studies

We have invited a line up of NI-based companies to discuss how they have gained a competitive edge through embracing automation. The companies include:

Coca Cola

Based in Lisburn, Coca Cola Ireland is recognised as the model plan for embracing automation throughout supply chain management and automated warehousing/ vehicles in production

Audit Comply

An early stage company exploiting the opportunity to automate entire auditing and compliance processes for businesses

 

While the profound uncertainty surrounding the development and adoption of emerging technologies means that we do not yet know how the transformations driven by this industrial revolution will unfold, their complexity and interconnectedness across sectors imply that all stakeholders of global society – governments, business, academia and civil society – have a responsibility to work together to better understand the emerging trends.

 

Klaus Schwab

Who should attend?

We are calling Northern Ireland business leaders to explore and find solutions to the impact of automation together.  

 

Whether you are a leader of an SME, a founder of a startup, an HR Manager, a leader in a major corporation or an influencer/creator of government policy, we are inviting you to be part of this summit to explore and embrace the challenges and opportunities presented by automation.

 

In the interactive workshops we will be collaborating to answer:

 

    1. How might NI companies develop a competitive edge from automation?
    2. How might we reskill and develop displaced workers?
    3. How might Northern Ireland’s education system change to prepare young people for the future workplace?

 

Answering these questions will be approached by understanding the type of jobs that will be impacted by automation through the presentation of specially commissioned research for Northern Ireland and hearing the experiences from companies in Northern Ireland who are embracing the opportunities and addressing the real life challenges.

Speakers

Ravin Jesuthasan

Chicago, USA

Thought Leader

Ravin Jesuthasan is a global expert on the future of work and the impact of automation on working people. As CEO of Willis Towers Watson he has lead large scale global restructuring and transformation projects for clients including high-tech companies, international financial services organizations, large retail organizations, international consumer goods companies, large pharmaceuticals firms, major energy companies and global airlines among many others.

Jonathan Downing

Oxford University

Researcher

Jonathan Downing from Northern Ireland, is currently a leading researcher at Oxford Martin School, Oxford University and is part of the world leading team that has produced the most globally recognised information on the impact of automation on jobs by 2030. While he has primarily identified the jobs most at risk of automation, the Oxford approach is to concentrate on the new opportunities that automation will bring and the kind of skills that will be required in the future.

John
Campbell

BBC Northern Ireland

BBC NI ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS EDITOR

John Campbell has gained an enviable reputation as the man who can make the most complicated business issues understandable. As MC for the Future of Work Solutions Summit, John will guide us through a truly interactive day, make sure those attending have their say and put our panellists through their paces.

Schedule

8.00-9.00
Registration & coffee

Part 1 – How do Northern Irish businesses thrive in the age of automation?

9.00-9.15
Opening remarks

John Campbell
9.15-10.05Keynote speech - The Global Macroeconomics of Automation

Ravin Jesuthasan

Advisor to the World Economic Forum and distinguished author

Automation – an unstoppable force?
What is happening globally?
What do smaller regional economies such as NI need to do to thrive?

Interview by John Campbell
10.05-10.353 local SME case studies

SMEs already automating key functions in manufacturing, customer service etc.
Northern Ireland’s SMEs are already automating key functions in manufacturing, customer service etc.

Followed by moderated panel discussion
10.35-11.05Coffee break
11.05- 12.05Solutions Workshop Automation for Business

How might we ensure business in NI will thrive in the age of automation and gain a competitive edge?

Delegates will use an introductory level approach to design thinking to collaboratively explore how businesses could thrive in the age of automation and gain a competitive edge.

Design Thinking is a human-centered innovation approach used to tackle complex problems that are ill-defined or unknown. It starts by focusing on the people you are creating solutions for and applies a wide range of creative tools at each stage of the process to arrive at more innovative solutions to challenges. It’s about ways of asking questions differently.
12.05-13.05Lunch

Part 2 - How do we re-skill NI talent to thrive in the new world of work?

13.05-13.45Keynote speaker –
Jonathan Downing (Oxford University)


Jonathan will share the findings of his research and apply this to the NI Business Environment to explore three key questions:
- What are the jobs that will be created?
- What skills will thrive in the new world of work?
- How will companies and government need to evolve talent development, through life long learning and education?
13.45-14.15Case studies: reskilling displaced workers
14:15-15:15Solutions Workshops
– Skills for the future

Our second solutions workshop will allow delegates to use design thinking to collaboratively identify answers to two different but significant challenges:

- How might we reskill and develop displaced workers?
- How might Northern Ireland’s education system change to prepare young people for the future workplace?

Design Thinking is a human-centered innovation approach used to tackle complex problems that are ill-defined or unknown.  It starts by focusing on the people you are creating solutions for and applies a wide range of creative tools at each stage of the process to arrive at more innovative solutions to challenges. It’s about ways of asking questions differently.

15.15-15.40Closing Summary
What must we do now


- As businesses
- As Government (incl education)
- As society

Keynote speaker response by Ravin & Jonathan
15.40Close

Tickets now available

Location

Belfast Waterfront

2 Lanyon Pl,

Belfast BT1 3WH

Contact Details

Trudy Parry  | Catalyst Inc

028 90737 920

trudy.parry@catalyst-inc.org

 

Waterfront Conference Centre