About The Summit

The fabled futures we imagined were far different from the future we are experiencing today. As we come to grips with a transformed world, it’s time we reinvent wheels and redraw blueprints of how this future must look like. And that planning begins now.

Discover technology, process, culture, skills and policy… to create a robust foundation for the future of work. The conclave will centre its discussions around hiring trends, upskilling, hybrid working models, learning & development, gig economy, HR Tech, employee counselling & assessment in pandemic times.

We aim to bring HR leaders, upskilling and ed-tech platforms, tech innovators, academics, career counsellors, policymakers, collaboration platforms, financial experts, entrepreneurs, influencers and industry stalwarts on our platform. Through this conclave, we’ll address India’s largest cohort: our workforce. The many qualitative changes in India’s job market, and the lack of quantifiable changes, deserve to be discussed time and again in a young, aspirational, career-driven country.

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Thursday and Friday
September 16 and 17, 2021

“There has never been a time of greater promise, or greater peril.”

That’s the description of the fourth industrial revolution by Klaus Schwab the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. Indeed, a paradigm shift in tech capabilities promises to take humans to the edge of space. Now, more than ever, there is a need to raise awareness and help people find a place for themselves in a future only imagined by sci-fi writers and filmmakers.

McKinsey estimates that 45% of the work done by humans can be automated. The good news is only 5% of the jobs could be completely carried out by bots. But who knows how many more leaps in technology will we see in the days to come?

Business Insider India is bringing together some of the biggest thought leaders, both from India and abroad, who will guide, not just the job seeker, but the creators and the enablers to ensure that there are more people basking in the light of this glorious future than those who are edged out into the shadow of despair.

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Who will Attend

Senior leaders from across industries involved in policymaking, building and developing the culture of their organisations — CEOs, CxOs, CIOs, CHROs, Business Leaders, Start-up Founders, Mid-Senior Managers, Working Professionals, Students, Future Leaders

Meet our Speakers

Engage with the ideas and the ideators who have connected the dots from their vast experience as they are shaping the future of work

*more names to be announced soon

Summit Schedule

What to expect over the two day event
  • Day 1

    September 16, 2021

  • New decade, new paradigm, new thinking! As we set out to discover the new Future of Work and compile the new guidebook of thinking, it is critical to consider tech, culture, collaboration, infrastructure and the workforce which are looking for guidance on their tomorrow. How do we create a conducive environment that will foster growth for all?

  • The workforce of the next decade will be built around productivity & collaboration, demanding employees to have a high level of tech awareness, motivation and collaborative skills. How can these be fostered?

  • If the last year has taught us anything, it's the importance of community. Whether in-person or virtual, community has the power to drive unity, meaningful progress, and strong brand affinity. Communities turn individuals into advocates, champions into leaders, and startups into dynamic growing companies. This talk will center around the five tenets for building strong communities, learnings from growing a technical community that serves over 100 million monthly users, and why the future of work is truly community-driven.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have opened up new business possibilities and proven their capabilities in domains such as health and security. But should this same technology be used to identify talent that companies are looking to hire? What are the technical limitations and ethical concerns here?

  • Education has transformed to continuous re-education with the industry seeking talent that is keeping pace with the trends. Ronnie Screwvala, Founder at upGrad discusses how e-learning fills the need and the importance of soft-skills in this credentials focussed world.

  • The gig economy has upended modes of employment that have remained unaltered since the Industrial revolution. And today, it promises a better livelihood, that formal employment may have not have delivered. What is the evolution of the gig economy? And how can this be designed to deliver growth for the employer and the gig-workers?

  • When first impressions matter, creating a resume that impresses is extremely critical. Canva has simplified the creation of stunning designs and transformed the world of graphic design from complexity to simplicity. Experience this Masterclass to discover how you can use stunning design to create an impression, and bag that job.

  • What are the significant transformations in people and processes that are compelled upon organisation in a hybrid work environment. Technology plays a dominant role in shaping culture in a virtual space. What are the limitations that pose a challenge in developing an organizational culture? What are the newer facets of culture that technology is enabling for an organization that wants to cultivate or transfer their existing work culture.

  • The mantras of professional success are entwined in your attitude. And Luke is here to help you discover those threads of inspiration that can unlock your wellness and wellbeing in your workplace. Catch the Masterclass with Luke Cutinho, Holistic life coach and founder, Youcare, All about You.

  • Day 2

    September 17, 2021

  • Sanjeev Bhikchandani saw the future in the early 90s when he founded InfoEdge. As the visionary behind Naukri.com, his insights into the country’s job seeking community is unparalleled and he’s how he reckons the future of work will be in the years to come.

  • With the proverbial watercooler being relegated to the store room, how can we now look at creating a cohesive workforce in a digital -first world? Dan Schwabel & Nitin Sethi chime in on how tech is altering the very foundations of work-life, as we knew it to be.

  • "Technology & tools that HR leads are adopting to enable rapid growth! Cloud native, tech enabled and digital first, the businesses of the 21st century are location and device agnostic. The processes that power performance are also entirely reinvented.. How is tech changing this universe? And what do you need to know if you want to transform your future here?

  • From a global and local perspective, how can we approach reskilling and upskilling Indians for the next era for working? Three experts weigh on what it takes!

  • As daunting as it may sound, the transition (and transformation) from employee to entrepreneur is known to rest on a few solid fundamentals that have stood the test of time. As the world turns to reinvent the wheel on the future of work, and the concept of space and distance is negated, it's time we understand how we can embark on a transformation journey. Watch to discover how you can rechart your growth and transform from executive to entrepreneur.

  • While digital technologies revolutionised our access to art, the past year has truly empowered digital creators in a manner that was only imagined. As artists, creators and influencers come mainstream, how are they envisioning their future of work?

  • An entrepreneur and innovator who built tech products is now tackling the employability problem of Indian youth. Discover Mona Gandhi’s vision of redefining internships to transform the lives of millions.

  • The jobs of tomorrow don’t yet exist today, and staying relevant demands that we are able to think ahead of the curve. How should one approach staying relevant?

  • "Connect the mind, body & spirit to ace as a corporate athlete" From Everest expeditions to Arctic skiing and serving at the Kennedy Space Centre, Dr. Ranney has experienced the boundaries of human endurance. His vast, varied and eclectic experience comes distilled in this session as he helps us understand the bio-hacks that we can engage to optimise our everyday living. Does the mind follow the body, or does the body follow the mind? Join the Future of Work summit to discover.

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