At SXSW 2017, Explore 21st Century Work
The appointment of fast food magnate Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor will dramatically change many of the nation’s employment-related laws and policies for the short-term future. These changes will likely accelerate the many work-related evolutions that have occurred in the last several years as hastened by the digital revolution.
At SXSW 2017, we tackle the gig economy, non-traditional office structures, lack of tech industry diversity and the impending rise of automation within our Workplace track of programming. Scheduled Friday, March 10 through Monday, March 13, these Workplace sessions occur at the Downtown Austin Hilton (which also hosts Startup Village programming as well as the Government track). In previous years, these Workplace sessions fell under the title of “Work and Career.”
Some of the panels and solo presentations in this track that excite me most include: “Black Valley: Increasing Tech Internships & Jobs,” “The Boomer Millennial: A Retiree Becomes an Intern,” “Creating Space for Making in the Workplace,” “Elephant on Madison Avenue,” “The Future of Work: How to Innovate with Inclusion,” “Get Out, Be In: What I’ve Learned Working Remotely,” “How Do You Keep Your Company Human in 2030?,” “Innovating the Working Mom,” “Kick in the Door: Seize the Career You Want,” and “Office Politics: Dealing With Conflict at Work.” Click here to see the full list of 50+ currently-confirmed sessions in the Workplace track.
Also, speaking of the future of employment, make plans to attend the SXSW Job Fair, which occurs Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 on the first floor of the Austin Convention Center. Beyond the dozens and dozens of companies looking to hire, this exhibit space features more future-of-work-related programming on the Job Market stage.
Hugh Forrest tries to write four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts generally cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.