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?

Future Of Work In NI Solutions Summit 2018

The Future Of Work In NI Solutions Summit took place on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at Belfast Waterfront. The Summit offered 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 design thinking workshops.

Leaders of NI companies who have already embraced automation shared their experience and explained how they subsequently gained a competitive advantage. Delegates also had the opportunity to share their own experiences while learning together during our Design Thinking sessions.

 

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“We had to provide a substantial opportunity for our business community and our educationalists to have a real say not just in identifying the threats, but in making very real suggestions as to how we tackle this global issue.”

 

Steve Orr, Connect at Catalyst Inc Director

February 2018

 

 

Case Studies

Our case study companies joined us to discuss how they have gained a competitive edge through embracing automation. The companies included:

Deloitte

At Deloitte, what they do and how they do it is changing. From technologies to changing demographics to the gig economy, disruptive forces are redefining the very nature of our careers.

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

Willowbrook Foods

One of Ireland’s largest producers and manufacturer’s providing the highest quality fresh and ready-made products, including pre-packed salads and cooked and prepared vegetables for customers throughout Britain and Ireland.

Liberty IT

A company determined to automate repetitive processes allowing personnel to be more creative, innovative and productive with their time

The 2017 Knowledge Economy Report from Connect at Catalyst Inc 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.  

 

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, Operations 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

MD & Global Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson

Ravin Jesuthasan is a global expert on the future of work and the impact of automation on working people.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
9.15-9.55Keynote 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
9.55-10.30Case Studies: Bank Of Ireland, Coca Cola, Audit Comply & Willowbrook Foods

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
10.30-10.50Coffee break
10.50- 12.05Design Thinking Solutions 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.
12.05-13.00Lunch

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

13.00-13.45Keynote 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: Deloitte, Liberty IT & Bangor Grammar School – Reskilling displaced workers
14:15-15:35Design Thinking – Solutions 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.

(Coffee at end)
15.35-15.50Closing Summary
What must we do now


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

Keynote speaker response by Ravin & Jonathan
15.50Close

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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