How many times have you worked from a coffee shop or from home? Ten years ago that would have been unimaginable, both technically and culturally. Now things are changing fast and it’s workers driving the change, not executive management teams. On the morning of July 28, we are gathering a group of about 75 entrepreneurs, executives and investors at our San Francisco office to discuss “The Future of Work” at the latest GigaOM Bunker Session.
Easy access to broadband, mobile computing and cloud-based software is impacting the way we work and, therefore, the way we think about building companies. It is affecting the way people are employed and how employees think about employers.
New types of virtual and hybrid organizational structures are now possible and we need new kinds of collaboration technologies to make it all work. These changes also call into question the roles of traditional departments like Operations, Human Resources and IT. What will these departments mean to a workforce for which two years is a long employment stint, or to employees for whom provisioning IT needs on their own credit card is more productive than calling the IT help desk? Do you need 200 people on a task for just three hours? No problem if you have a credit card and a browser. The changes are profound and happening faster than we think.
A few speakers will lead the day’s discussion, but the overall emphasis of this town-hall style event will be on participation and comment by all those invited. Our conversation leaders will include:
- Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance
- John Hagel, Chairman, Center for the Edge and Author of “The Power of Pull”
- Vinnie Mirchandani, CEO of Deal Architect Inc. and Author of “The New Polymath”
- Lukas Biewald, CEO of CrowdFlower
- Aaron Levie, CEO of Box.net
We welcome attendance from those in our audience who would like to bring their companies or experiences to the discussion. There is no charge, and tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. To request an invitation, send an email to [email protected]; accepted attendees will then receive an email with registration instructions. The event will be livestreamed to GigaOM Pro subscribers, and archive video and additional coverage of the discussion’s themes will be made available to subscribers following the event. If you’d like to join GigaOM Pro to participate in the event remotely, use the discount code BUNKER10 for a $50 discount.
We also want to thank Accenture and Orange for their generosity in sponsoring the event and making it possible. If you have further questions, please email [email protected]