Digital Single Market
Digital Economy & Society

ICT 2015

Networking Sessions Programme

Future Working Experiences – Challenges & Opportunities

Room 1.06, 21/10/2015 (16:00-16:45)


New economic demands, work paradigms and the demographic change will affect the European workforce: People work longer and more; Work processes change towards cooperative/distributed development; People grow older and less younger people join the workforce.

Needed skills will change, borders between private and working life blur, health prevention becomes more important and knowledge transfer from mature to young workers will be a key to establishing Europe’s leadership in different industries.

Smart and usable ICTs can help to cope with these demands. This session is dedicated to discuss Europe’s Digital Agenda and support the building of consortia to identify challenges and opportunities in changing working environments: How can collaboration between cyber-physical systems, robots and workers improve production processes in the “factory of the future”. What is the role of cloud computing, the Internet of Things and Big Data in working environments? How can we support human values (e.g. sustainability, social innovation) at the workplace through persuasive technologies? How can alternative paradigms at the workplace (e.g. gamification) be beneficial for productivity and for the workers well-being? What can we do to increase organizational information security and prevent data leaks (e.g. through social engineering)?


The networking session starts with a panel in which participants discuss the sessions’ objectives. The panel is set up in a “fishbowl” manner, in which participants frequently change, support interactivity of the session. The panel will bring up a list of important topics regarding future working environments.


Next, participants will be asked to vote for the most relevant topics that came up in the panel. We will display the voting results real-time and ask participants to give “spotlight” statements to the most frequently voted topics.


During the whole session, participants can give comments, ask questions and participate in the discussions via Twitter (#H2020WorkExperience). The twitter feed of this hashtag will be displayed live with a beamer. All participants can add to the discussion by posting questions, comments & inputs to the twitter feed. This should also facilitate networking and the possibility to build consortia to tackle the identified challenges & opportunities.

Expected outcome

The outcome of the networking session should be: A prioritized list of main challenges of ICTs in changing working environments and a discussion of a research agenda within the H2020 work programme with a special focus on human work interaction and experience design, documented in the Twitter feed (#H2020WorkExperience). Participants should have advanced their networks and possibly established contacts for building consortia that are planning to tackle the identified challenges and opportunities. Furthermore, the session should raise awareness for work experience topics.

Organised by: Sebastian EGGER (AIT - Austrian institute of Technology, Innovation Systems, Austria)

Cluster: Learning and Skills


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