Events

WORKTECH18 Munich Keynote and After-Party

Our own Mary Ann de Lares Norris, VP EMEA, will be speaking at WORKTECH18 Munich on June 27th at Microsoft's new Technology Centre. We’ll follow up the day with drinks in our indoor/outdoor 9th floor office space.

WORKTECH18 Munich is the forum for those involved in the future of work and the workplace. Our own Mary Ann de Lares Norris will be addressing attendees in her talk; ‘Win-Win: the impact of measurable ROI in the new workplace’. Her presentation will explore how companies must develop new kinds of workspaces for their employees to foster innovation and remain competitive in today’s marketplace, and how they need to be inspired by tangible results in order to be convinced that the investment is worthwhile.

Mary Ann explains:

Employees know they must adopt new tools and technologies to remain competitive in the marketplace. Yet change can be hard, and a big investment for a company on only a promise of increased returns. In my talk, I will illustrate the Win-Win of measurable ROI derived from these new kinds of workspaces, which increase employee effectiveness—delivering tangible returns to both the employee and the corporate bottom line. I’m looking forward to sharing some dynamic, real-world examples from companies such as PwC, JLL, and Holder Construction with the WORKTECH audience.

WORKTECH18 Munich is a unique one-day conference with leading thinkers coming together to debate the new world of work, exploring new trends and technologies that will transform the way we work. 100+ senior level professionals from IT, HR, real estate, workplace, facilities, leadership, operations, finance and innovation as well as architects and designers, will attend to explore the future of work and the workplace. 

Mary Ann de Lares Norris joins an impressive line-up of established thought-leaders on the future workplace, including confirmed speakers James Grose, Principal, BVN Architects; Sebastian Hild, IoT Smart Buildings Lead, Microsoft; Matthew Marson, Consultant, Connected Spaces Practice, Accenture and Michael Grosam, Senior Director Corporate Workplace Services, Adidas.  Following the one-day conference on June 27, Oblong will host the official WORKTECH18 Munich after-party at our office nearby, which opened in May 2017. Like Microsoft, the Oblong office is located in the heart of Munich’s Parkstadt Schwabing area, home of the city’s most innovative tech companies. At the after-party, refreshments will be provided and the Oblong team will be on hand to demonstrate Mezzanine, featuring several system configurations scaled to address different use-cases for enterprise workspaces large and small.

To book tickets for the WORKTECH18 Munich conference and after-party, click here. 

To request an invitation to the after-party separate from the conference, please get in touch.

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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