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Wednesday
Aug092017

We Need Your Votes to Get to SXSW 2018!

Each year, thousands of creatives, experts, educators and consumers converge in Austin, Texas, for SXSW to discuss how innovations in technology, education, design and other industries are changing the we way live our lives. This forward-thinking network of conferences is an ideal venue to explore the ways in which design solutions can affect real transformations.

Gensler is proposing seven separate panels for SXSW Interactive 2018, as well as one panel for SXSW EDU 2018, an event aligned with the future of teaching and learning, and we need your votes to help get us there. Voting is simple. Just log in to SXSW PanelPicker, and give our panels a “vote up.” (Note: Voting closes Aug. 25.)

Here are our proposed panels:

How can technology humanize the workspace?

Driverless Cars and the City of the Future

Suburban Flight: From Headquarters to City Centers

Social Innovation through Civic Engagement

Physical & Digital Harmony

Business Solutions for Real Estate

The Cross-Pollination of Work, Passions and Spaces

Maker Spaces: Is Curiosity Killing the Classroom?

How can technology humanize the workspace?

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We have seen technology be used to aid interactions on the commercial side of the business. In Consumer Products & Retail, this can take the form of apps, Augmented and Virtual Reality and social media. We are also seeing more and more technology come into the Human Resources realm. Learn how technology and workplace design can increase employee engagement, collaboration and innovation. Gensler’s Sonya Dufner joins experts from Never Eat Alone, The Spaghetti Project and EY talk about how to leverage design and experience.

Driverless Cars and the City of the Future

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You’ve heard about the coming wave of autonomous vehicles – how they’ll revolutionize the auto industry and economy. But driverless cars are also going to completely redesign the city as we know it. Parking structures will be repurposed, street side parking will disappear and ridesharing will eliminate the need for car ownership, meaning narrower streets and room for pedestrians. Andy Cohen, CEO of Gensler, can explain how designers are addressing these changes to build the city of tomorrow.

Suburban Flight: From Headquarters to City Centers

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Why are so many legacy brands packing up sprawling suburban campuses and moving to the city? Gensler’s Julia Simet and Tom Vecchione explore how acceleration of collaboration, relentless entrepreneurship, and streamlined production are increasing business complexity–with talent and tech being key. Demand for human capital and velocity of decision-making are moving at a faster rate than real estate innovation, forcing companies to rethink investments. CEO’s are reimagining the role property and infrastructure play in ideation and recruiting.

Social Innovation through Civic Engagement

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All around the world, cities are trying to address social problems that build equity and drive inclusion in their communities, but where do you start? How do you make an impact? Hear from three experts in the non-profit, government, and business sector that have worked together on projects in Boston, Athens Greece, and Bilbao Spain. Learn that it’s not how you’d expect and it’s not where you thought. Gensler’s Elaine Asal joins experts from Civic Innovator LLC and TMI Consulting Inc. to discuss how innovation is found through engagement.

Physical & Digital Harmony

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A new world of invisible interfaces is quickly taking over design and transforming the way users interact with their environments. In a future where user interfaces are anticipatory, personalization ubiquitous, and new technologies easily available, how will physical objects and digital technology come together to transform user interactions? How do we move beyond the screen? How do the transitions from user interface to user interaction impact design thinking and planning in the future? Join Gensler’s Mark Gribbons and experts from Steelcase and BMW Group Designworks.

Business Solutions for Real Estate

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Bringing to market a mobile mixed reality platform for the commercial and residential architect, designer and home builder. The platform provides team members the ability to navigate, modify (textures, colors, objects including structural) and collaborate while in a VR space during all phases of design. The platform provides a seamless process while having the ability to track all changes and provide an e-commerce process to complete the process. Join Gensler’s Rabindra (Rabi) Adhikari and experts from designVR, LLC; Samsung Electronics America Mobile; and Staffelbach Design Associates.

The Cross-Pollination of Work, Passions and Spaces

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The world is no longer divided into specialists who follow one career path. Instead, generalists who know something about everything are gaining a creative edge by bundling skills and knowledge, often leading to a freelance career. How do we design spaces to keep up with these evolving trends, integrating more than just work, and integrate passions into an environment? Is having an office still necessary? Identify opportunities and challenges will lead the next generation of work. Gensler’s Joseph Brancato joins experts from Heritage Equities, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the New York City Department of City Planning.

Maker Spaces: Is Curiosity Killing the Classroom?

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Education maker spaces are reshaping traditional curriculum through alternative learning environments. Maker Spaces exist in life stages ranging from grade school to the modern workplace and satisfy growing curiosity in evidence-based inquiry. As maker spaces collaborate across a variety of institutions like commerce, industry and community facilities, could the next generation of students be equipped to tackle the future economy? Gensler’s Kelly Combs joins experts from Dwight-Englewood School, NYU Tandon School of Engineering and TechShop to discuss the impact maker spaces will have on students.