The Future of Work

A public event for University of Sydney Innovation Week 2017



15 August, 2017

The World Economic Forum estimates that young people can expect to change careers at least seven times over the course of their lives, and 35 percent of the skills required today will be different in five years.

The complexity and uncertainty of the future of work means today’s graduates will have to adapt to new jobs and work environments, but the challenges and opportunities are many:

  • Will Artificial Intelligence transform my dream job?
  • What level of technical literacy do I need for any job?
  • How will interdisciplinary collaboration help me with my specialisation?
  • What skills do I need to work internationally?

Our academics are addressing these questions and are already reshaping education to prepare our students for the future.

Join us for a special event on the future of work that brings together three of our leading minds from different disciplines: Sandra Peter from Sydney Business Insights, a strategic initiative on the future of business; Martin Tomitsch on the role of design in shaping the interactions between people and technology; and Nicky Ringland on digital technology and computer science skills needed by all students.

They are joined by CEO of StartupAUS Alex McCauley, in a conversation led by Richard Miles, leader of the University’s educational engagement with the community and industry sector.


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Associate Professor Martin Tomitsch is Chair of Design at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning and Director of the Design Lab. His research focuses on the role of design for shaping the interactions between people and technology. He also teaches interaction and user experience design to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Sydney. Twitter: @martintom Medium: \amartintomitsch

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Dr Sandra Peter is an innovator, researcher and educator. She leads the Sydney Business Insights strategic initiative to deliver on the University of Sydney Business School’s commitment to be an engaged, relevant and influential voice on major issues and trends. She develops a range of content (including articles, podcasts and videos) and contributes to furthering informed research and critical thinking on the future of business together with researchers, leading thinkers in industry, government and community. Twitter: @sandraapeter Soundcloud: Sydney Business Insights Flipboard: The Future, This Week

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Dr Nicky Ringland is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy, supporting educators with resources and professional learning to equip students with Digital Technologies and computer science skills. Nicky completed her PhD in Computational Linguistics (Computer Science) at the University of Sydney in 2015. She is passionate about teaching the next generation to become the more than technology consumers, but the creators of tomorrow. Twitter:@nickyringland @GrokLearning

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Alex McCauley is the CEO of StartupAUS, Australia's national advocacy group for tech startups. StartupAUS works on behalf of the startup sector with governments around the country to put policy settings in place to help a local high-growth tech sector flourish. @startupaus @alexmccauley


Professor Miles is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education – Enterprise and Engagement) at the University of Sydney. He gained his PhD in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Cambridge, and was a Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge before joining Sydney.

This event is part of the University of Sydney Innovation Week 2017, bringing together staff and students involved with ground breaking discoveries and transformative inventions to celebrate and share how we are changing the world.