Introducing AVWorks – AV Magazine’s free virtual workspace conference

Introducing AVWorks – AV Magazine’s free virtual workspace conference

The way everyone works has changed forever and AV technology is helping enable this new world of work. Business success in the post-Covid world will rely on AV technology to power collaborative, connected workspaces; technology that will unite dispersed workers, ignite creativity and power productivity.

AV Magazine’s new virtual conference, AVWorks will bring together everyone involved in today’s fast-paced AV revolution – AV innovators and cross-sector decision makers focused on the office space: occupiers, landlords, developers, architects, consultants, integrators, and facilities management firms.

Powered by technology and driven by workforce demands for flexibility, connectivity and style, the office space sector has long been an incubator for AV innovation. Now, thrust to the forefront by the global crisis, AV technologies are coming into their own as vital business tools and the source of strategic advantage.

Be part of the AV-powered workspace revolution, head over to the AVWorks website and register to join us for a free day of fascinating presentations, pertinent discussions and essential insight into this ever-evolving area.


A dynamic programme

Join us online for a digitally enhanced and truly immersive experience. We’ve teamed up with one of the smartest virtual event platforms to provide you with more content, better networking and deeper insights. All this and more is at your fingertips whether however you decide to join us. No more Zoom or Teams instead, a studio-style, live-streamed and fully interactive conference.

Two events for the price of one

We’ve teamed up with Property Week, the UK’s No. 1 property title, and WorkSpace, the flagship event covering office sector trends and transformation. Explore how the new ways of working will re-define what offices are, how they’re used, where they’re located and how they’re sourced. Seize the opportunity to connect with leading architects, developers, landlords and more.

Register for free and gain access to both AVWorks and WorkSpace, including digital content and on-demand streaming. Bring a colleague and save, our team rates are valid across both events.


09:00 Check in

Join us online or onsite and nurture your network. Use our digital event platform to connect with the WorkSpace community across our physical and virtual spaces.

09:30 Welcome

Our chairs – Julia Streets, Founder and Director, Streets Consulting (for WorkSpace) and Clive Couldwell, Group Editor, AV Magazine (for AVWorks) – welcome the audiences and set the scene for the day.

The workplace revolution

The advent of intelligent and collaborative technologies is said to herald a fourth industrial revolution, with the potential to reshape the way we live and work. As our day begins, we invite future-facing technologists to share their vision of a world re-defined by the hottest of hot tech – AI and mixed reality (MR) – then challenge them to apply that vision to the workspace.

09:40 Artificial intelligence: Rethinking your world

Calum Chace, journalist, and best-selling author

AI has the potential to transform our lives more in the next thirty to forty years than they’ve changed since the start of the industrial revolution. These are exciting times and – for those able to harness AI’s potential – the future has even more to offer. One of the UK’s leading futurologists describes how AI will transform our societies, economies and working environments.

Calum is a best-selling author on AI, focused on its impacts for individuals, societies and economies. His writing is informed by a thirty-year career in journalism and business, during which he was a marketer, a strategy consultant and a CEO. He studied philosophy at Oxford and believes science fiction to be philosophy in fancy dress.

09:50 Mixed realities: Bringing your world together

Jeremy Dalton, Head of VR and AR, PwC

More and more we see augmented and virtual reality enhancing the world of the consumer. In recent months we’ve seen how it can unite remote workforces. A leading technologist introduces us to the power of mixed reality technologies to foster collaboration, obliterate geography and transform our business landscapes.

Jeremy is on a mission to educate, connect and inspire industry with the benefi ts of new realities technologies. He has supported the VR and AR initiatives of the World Economic Forum and sits on the advisory board of ImmerseUK, a government-supported network for businesses, research and education organisations involved in immersive technologies.

10:10 Panel discussion: Bring it to the office – cut to the chase

We now bring the on-the-ground experts together to discuss how the fast-paced world of technology is transforming office environments today. What do technological developments mean for the working world and the office sector in practice? What does this mean for day-to-day life in our workspaces and what is technology enabling in office property now? How can we harness the power of technology to secure the future of the office?

Jeremy Dalton, Head of VR and AR, PwC, in conversation with…

  • Justin Harley, Regional Director, Yardi
  • Jenny Hicks, Head of Technology, Midwich
  • Paul Williams, CEO, Derwent London
  • Helen Causer, Office and Investment lead, Argent


11:00 Morning refreshments and Solutions Showcase

11:30 Redefining work and the workspace – AV’s role in unlocking change

Jeff Fairbanks, Global Head of Employee Operations & Collaboration Solutions, Bloomberg

Bloomberg is putting AV at the heart of its office strategy, using cutting-edge technology to engage employees, foster collaboration and optimise performance. It believes not to do so would compromise its productivity and endanger its future success. Find out what it takes to make AV centre-stage and hear first-hand how technology has changed ways of working for one of the world’s biggest news organisations.

Voted AV Magazine’s Professional of the Year in 2017, Jeff is an expert in AV and communication systems as well as global IT leader for one of the world’s foremost news businesses. He has a Masters in IT from Columbia University and has studied leadership, innovation and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

11:55 From the beginning… Embedding AV into early stage building design and development

Greg Jeffreys, Visual Displays

Getting the greatest return on AV investment demands more than retrofit solutions. In the new world, technology must underpin the built environment, not be dictated by it. We look at how a strategic approach to AV technologies in every new-build can unlock organisational transformation for occupiers.

A specialist in rear and front projection, Greg founded Paradigm AV in 1985 and is a visiting lecturer in sustainable electronic building design at Manchester University. He has authored best-practice papers for AV industry bodies and been closely involved in the definition of industry standards. He teaches and consults internationally.

12:20 Panel discussion: New workplace realities

Media-rich collaboration is becoming standard across companies and organisations. Zoe Mutter, Editor of AV Magazine, and her guests discuss what’s coming next and give their expert assessment of how mixed reality technologies will transform the workplace and unlock productivity.

Zoe Mutter, Editor, AV Magazine, in conversation with…

  • Sanj Surati, Digital Atelier, Tiger Heart
  • Amelia Kallman, Futurist
  • Vincent McAtamney, Founder, VINTEC Immersive
  • Jeremy Dalton, Head of VR and AR, PwC

13:00 Business lunch and Solutions Showcase

14:10 End-user panel discussion: Transforming the organisation with AV – building a strategy for success

AV technologies can unlock employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing – they can also transform business models and profitability. We bring together early adopter end users to discuss what it takes to create a company-wide AV strategy with true transformational potential.

Clive Couldwell, Group Editor, AV Magazine, in conversation with…n the workspace

  • Alvin Rovira, Manager, Systems Engineering (AV), Uber
  • Joe Benn, AV Operations Regional Manager, EMEA, Google
  • Jason King, Manager, Audio Visual Operations – Global, WeWork

14.50 Beyond the pandemic – how AV will create a new world of work

Adam Cox, Head of Imaging, Pro Video & Collaboration, Futuresource Consulting

Covid-19 has made working from home the norm and, as the world contemplates a return to the office, employers recognise the need for radical transformation in terms of buildings, processes and working practices. AV technologies have got us through the crisis. How will they shape the future? We look at how AV is driving innovation in the workplace.

Building on his experience in video usage across the pro video and broadcast industry, Adam has expanded his focus to the collaboration space where he examines the use of technology both in the office and while working at home.

15:30 Afternoon refreshments and Solutions Showcase

We re-unite with the AVWorks audience to look at the future of the workspace from two points of view that ought to align but too often diverge. We ask a leading architect and nationally-renowned occupiers to outline their priorities and visions – and to tell us what’s possible and what’s needed to make offices relevant and effective for tomorrow’s world.

16:00 The architect’s perspective: Designing future buildings and office spaces

Arjun Kaicker, Head of Analytics & Insights, Zaha Hadid Architects

The challenges of 2020 have accelerated change in the office property sector and transformed the demands placed on office buildings. From those in the pipeline to those recently completed, we consider the design strategies that might enhance building feasibility in a post-Covid-19 world and address the long-term impacts for new building design. We’ll look at how AI, advanced analytics and design could create optimal and future-ready offices, and how intelligent, self-learning workspace approaches might help buildings to evolve and thrive.

A British architect and artist living in Atlanta and New York, Arjun specialises in people-centred design and has helped develop algorithmic and machine learning tools to improve design processes.


The occupier’s perspective

After an unprecedented period of disruption, occupiers are slowly returning to their workspaces with inventive and varied strategies for success. We’ve asked workplace leaders from two of the UK’s most iconic brands to share their experience and outline their future workspace expectations.

16:25 Returning to the office and building the future

Alan Bainbridge, Director of Workplace, BBC Property

We’ll find out what a large-scale pan-national leasing strategy might look like, and how virtual reality is helping the BBC power its collaborative workforce.

With thirty years’ experience and involvement in flagship schemes, Alan has a wide understanding of the property market and its supply chain. He has led delivery of the BBC’s award-winning MediaCityUK in Salford and the new BBC Wales HQ in Cardiff – major change programmes with property, people and facilities at their heart.

16:45 Design & delivery of GSK’s Workspace Performance Hub

Patrick Marsh, Transformation Director Consumer Health, Worldwide Real Estate & Facilities, GSK

We’ll uncover workplace expectations and the impact of office design including AV technology and working arrangements on employee wellness and performance factors.

A passionate innovator with a particular focus on human and asset performance Patrick has a global track record of the full asset life cycle and is passionate about demonstrating how buildings can drive performance, wellness and mental health.

17:05 Q&A session with Alan Bainbridge & Patrick Marsh

17:15 A chat with the chairs: bringing the WorkSpace and AVWorks events together

Julia Streets and Clive Couldwell each summarise the key take-aways from their respective conferences, discuss lessons learned and draw their final conclusions.


When: Friday 2 October 2020

Where: Online at

For more information on the AVWorks conference and to register, visit the website here.

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