This year’s WorkTech Conference in New York ranged from artificial intelligence algorithms to dynamic office cubes and workforce optimization platforms. The event, hosted by UnWired, happens in cities around the world, and brings together the visionaries who are creating, managing and analyzing the future of work environments. These are the active change-makers who are making a powerful difference in organizations around the world.

A recurring idea is the shift to flexible, open, dynamic office configurations: ‘Hot-desking’ is banishing the dedicated personal desk, and reconfigurable furniture promotes creative interactions and more fluid modes of working. Across the board, we saw a need for new digital-physical interactions and user experiences that can enhance office spaces.

Building on the trend toward flexibility, the strongest theme we heard throughout the day was that space must be optimized. Of course, optimization can mean different things for different contexts. For example, work environments could achieve a number of different outcomes:

• Greater floor plate efficiency
• Higher employee productivity
• Enhanced quality of life

This all hinges on getting the data. New tools are necessary to sense human behavior and provide information on how to respond with dynamic design and operation strategies. WorkTech was the perfect stage for Beco to step onto: we were excited to show Beco’s real-time interaction tools and long-term analytics platform. It was an opportunity to demonstrate and discuss our system with a visionary group of change-makers who can implement it, achieving tangible value in their real-world cases across sectors.

Consider the future of offices… today’s workforce is radically different than ever before: diverse, mobile, collaborative, multidisciplinary. How can new workplaces better align with that activity, and how can high-resolution building data transform productive environments?