Shard Talks Tech was the second in a series of events at The Shard focusing on the working environment in 2015, how it is evolving and how it can be made even more efficient.
Show Media collaborated with The Shard on the design of the interiors of the Contemplation, Collaboration and Concentration spaces on display for the event. Inspired by the ‘Three Cs’ for a healthy and productive workplace recommended by Professor Jeremy Myerson, director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art, the rooms created by Show Media and Sophie Durham, set designer for Vogue and L’Officiel, offered the audience of real-estate and technology moguls in attendance much food for thought.
The panel for Shard Talks Tech was chaired by Damian Wild, editor of Estates Gazette, and comprised Charlie Green of The Office Group, Chris Taylor of News UK, Peter Firth of The Future Laboratory and Nina Bjornstad of Google. Having engaged in lively discussion about the ways technology has transformed the corporate world, from enabling greater collaboration across the miles to allowing us to work from home, the panellists debated whether this was freeing us up to a enjoy a more fluid working environment or simply ensuring we are always ‘on’. Nina Bjornstad, meanwhile, offered a fascinating overview of how Google builds bespoke offices to fit the requirements of its employees and their personality types. After questions from the floor, fielded by the likes of Wired and the BBC, as well as Show Media CEO Peter Howarth, participants enjoyed drinks on the top floor to a soundtrack by the up-and-coming Becky Tong, daughter of DJ Pete Tong, and the conversation continued apace.