PwC Chats about Building a Better Meeting Room

At ISE 2017, our own Steve Smith sat down with Mandeep Jawa, PwC’s Director of Emerging Workplace Technology, to talk about the future of work.

It was Mandeep’s charge to lead the digital transformation of an essential workspace at PwC Paris and he did so with élan: the Delta Room is the meeting room which now commands the highest utilization in the office, and has become an essential case study in how to do meeting rooms right. For those who are leaders in transforming business space and business process for superior outcomes, Mezzanine is the platform for architecting digital transformation. Clearly, PwC is a business engaged in understanding the future. For credibility in delivering that vision, it's important that the physical space used for transformative discussions with clients—the space provides both the utility and the actual experience, which signals a break from the past. Mandeep’s brief was to not just deliver "wow factor," but to change the meeting paradigm so that more ‘aha’ moments—moments of discovery, realization, and insight—are had. 


Take a look. In the short video above (the highlight reel of the full conversation), you’ll uncover the key priorities in creating a game-changing workspace. If you’re ready to distinguish your workplace and prepare your business for the road ahead, schedule an appointment to see Mezzanine first hand.

Working with Watson

The goal of each Watson Experience Center—located in New York, San Francisco, and Cambridge—is to demystify AI and challenge visitor’s expectations through more tangible demonstrations of Watson technology. Visitors are guided through a series of narratives and data interfaces, each grounded in IBM’s current capabilities in machine learning and AI. These sit alongside a host of Mezzanine rooms where participants further collaborate to build solutions together.

The process for creating each experience begins with dynamic, collaborative research. Subject matter experts take members of the design and engineering teams through real-world scenarios—disaster response, financial crimes investigation, oil and gas management, product research, world news analysis—where we identify and test applicable data sets. From there, we move our ideas quickly to scale.

Accessibility to the immersive pixel canvas for everyone involved is key to the process. Designers must be able to see their ideas outside of the confines of 15″ laptops and prescriptive software. Utilizing tools tuned for rapid iteration at scale, our capable team of designers, data artists, and engineers work side-by-side to envision and define each experience. The result is more than a polished marketing narrative; it's an active interface that allows the exploration of data with accurate demonstrations of Watson’s capabilities—one that customers can see themselves in.

Under the Hood

Underlying the digital canvas is a robust spatial operating environment, g‑speak, which allows our team to position real data in a true spatial context. Every data point within the system, and even the UI itself, is defined in real world coordinates (measured in millimeters, not pixels). Gestures, directional pointing, and proximity to screens help us create interfaces that more closely understand user intent and more effectively humanize the UI.

This award-nominated collaboration with IBM is prototyped and developed at scale at Oblong’s headquarters in Los Angeles as well as IBM’s Immersive AI Lab in Austin. While these spaces are typically invite-only, IBM is increasingly open to sharing the content and the unique design ideas that drive its success with the public. This November, during Austin Design Week, IBM will host a tour of their Watson Immersive AI Lab, including live demonstrations of the work and a Q&A session with leaders from the creative team.

Can't make it to Austin? Contact our Solutions team for a glimpse of our vision of the future at our headquarters in the Arts District in Los Angeles.

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