5th Annual Conference & Exhibition

INNOVATION AND
CREATIVITY

September 28, 2022

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Atypical Business Conference

for Thought Leaders
and Curious Minds

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ANNOUNCING OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER!

Kirk Vallis

Global Head of Creativity Development, Google

It's our 5th edition.  Expect special things.

TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS SINCE 2018

WDC21 was our best year ever in spite of well-known limitations.  But mark your calendar now or reserve your spot for WDC22.

I hope to see you at WDC22!

Alenka Kragelj Eržen
CO-FOUNDER & CEO

5 years of tradition

10+ speakers

150+ attendees

200+ minutes of networking 

YOU'LL MEET...

Workplace Design Conference is, first and foremost, designed for Business Leaders, Company Executives and Entrepreneurs. You will meet many of your colleagues there, heads of SMB, SME and large enterprises.

WDC is also a must attend event for Workplace Strategists, HR Professionals, Facility Managers, Real Estate Professionals, Interior Architects, Designers and other key people who want to help improve performance, collaboration and talent retention in their organizations by matching workplace design and technology with strategic vision and sound management.

AGENDA

9:00

Reception Opens / Morning Coffee

9:30

Main Stage

Welcome and Introduction to Day

Alenka Kragelj Eržen

9:35–10:25

Main Stage

WDC22 Keynote Speech
Creativity and Problem Solving in the Workplace

Kirk Vallis, Google
Global Creativity Expert & Trainer

The topic of creativity and problem solving skills has risen up the agenda over the past two years given the need for more critical and flexible thinking.  So are questions about what we use space for, how to optimise physical and virtual workspaces, how to attract and retain the best and brightest and similar.

In his role at Google, these issues are a big priority for Kirk.  He is also being asked to help other partner organisations in this area and challenge them on how they think about this right now.

We’re delighted that Kirk has agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to address our Workplace Design audience in person on stage at Rikli Conference Center.  An experience not to be missed! 

 

About Kirk Vallis

In his role as global creativity expert and trainer at Google, Kirk helps people use creativity to solve critical problems and maximise opportunities.

He assists teams through projects where new solutions are needed to move forward. He also builds the capability in others to innovate and be more creative whenever new options and fresh thinking are required to help make more confident decisions.

Kirk also built Google’s Magic Academy, a revered program to help make creativity as valued a part of Googlers’ toolkit as knowledge and technical based skills.

Kirk applies his practice to his passion for sport where he helps elite teams and athletes to ‘outthink’ the opposition. Among other projects, he leads creative problem-solving modules for the UEFA Pro Licence and Sporting Director programmes for the English Football Association.

He also advises and supports a number of organisations including adidas, Intuit and ING.

The topic of creativity and problem solving skills has risen up the agenda over the past two years given the need for more critical and flexible thinking.  So are questions about what we use space for, how to optimise physical and virtual workspaces, how to attract and retain the best and brightest and similar.

In his role at Google, these issues are a big priority for Kirk.  He is also being asked to help other partner organisations in this area and challenge them on how they think about this right now.

We’re delighted that Kirk has agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to address our Workplace Design audience in person on stage at Rikli Conference Center.  An experience not to be missed!

 

About Kirk Vallis

In his role as global creativity expert and trainer at Google, Kirk helps people use creativity to solve critical problems and maximise opportunities.

He assists teams through projects where new solutions are needed to move forward. He also builds the capability in others to innovate and be more creative whenever new options and fresh thinking are required to help make more confident decisions.

Kirk also built Google’s Magic Academy, a revered program to help make creativity as valued a part of Googlers’ toolkit as knowledge and technical based skills.

Kirk applies his practice to his passion for sport where he helps elite teams and athletes to ‘outthink’ the opposition. Among other projects, he leads creative problem-solving modules for the UEFA Pro Licence and Sporting Director programmes for the English Football Association.

He also advises and supports a number of organisations including adidas, Intuit and ING.

10:25–11:00

Main Stage

The Enjoyable Company: A Blueprint for Innovation & Success

Michal Matlon, TheLivingCore

Place & Architecture Psychologist

About Michal Matlon

Michal has more than ten years of experience in technology, media, and marketing. He helps create places of flourishing and meaningful work, from offices to urban quarters. Currently, he is with theLivingCore in Vienna. In the past, Michal worked at one of the largest office developers in Europe where he developed the user experience strategy for the company’s real estate portfolio and established an internal educational program.

During his dynamic, interactive presentation at WDC22, Michal will explain: Why business leaders should care about the enjoyment of their people; How enjoyment at work differs from mere satisfaction; What are the quality and benefits of deeply enjoyable work and ; How to put these principles into practice through workplace solutions and corporate culture. If you want to increase the employees’ well-being in your organization and their creative output don’t miss Michal’s presentation and Q&A.

At WDC22 Michal will tell us why business leaders should aim at creating work environments that enable deep employee enjoyment that goes one step further than only satisfaction at work. It also talks about what are the practical implications for leadership and workplaces. Then, the second half is an exercise worksheet, where leaders will go through 6 chapters (based on 6 essential qualities of enjoyable work) and which will help them to understand and improve the conditions in their teams, way of working, offices, and organizations, which will then enable enjoyable work.

11:05–11:25

Room Voda

VIP SESSION

Kirk Vallis, Google
Global Creativity Expert & Trainer

11:00–11:40

Break

11:40–12:15

Main Stage

TBA

Alex Pinter, Accenture

Strategic Innovation & Growth Lead

About Alex Pinter

Innovation is truly a confusing buzzword which many people love to hate. Every C-suite worldwide agrees that it is super important. If you ask “Google“ for an innovation definition, it is less than helpful, coming up with over 300 million results with thousands of definitions. 

Alex emphasizes on strategic innovation and growth which offers a fresh perspective to look at three key areas: (1) where to play, (2) how to play, and (3) how to win. For him, it is all about creating 360° value for clients.

He is also a subject matter expert in sports/esports – an industry where he spent most of his professional career building disruptive startups with international scale.

12:15–12:45

Main Stage

TBA

Božidarka Radović, Better Meds

Product Lead

About Božidarka Radović

Božidarka Radovič, MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, sees engineering as a way of life. Recently, she was among ten finalists for Slovenia’s female engineer of the year. Working in IT, she is seeking to realise her aspiration to change the world for the better. 

She is the Product Lead for Better Meds, a state-of-the-art electronic prescribing and administration solution that has been introduced in the most digitally advanced hospitals in Slovenia, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. With her ideas, she made a major contribution to the design of our new offices.

Roko Malkoč, Better Meds

Product Director

About Roko Malkoč

Roko is currently leading a team with a vision of a world without medication errors. His experience brought him to the realisation that the world and digital health products need an empathy revolution.

 As a trained biomedical engineer passionate about organisational networks, he is confident that we can enable a data-driven revolution by building trust between different stakeholders. He was also part of the core team developing the guidelines for the furnishings and design of our new offices.

12:45–13:45

Lunch and networking

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PORTRAIT

Kirk Vallis

Global Head of Creativity Development
Google

In his role as global creativity expert and trainer at Google, Kirk helps people use creativity to solve critical problems and maximise opportunities. He assists teams through projects where new solutions are needed to move forward. He also builds the capability in others to innovate and be more creative whenever new options and fresh thinking are required to help make more confident decisions. Kirk also built Google’s Magic Academy, a revered program to help make creativity as valued a part of Googlers’ toolkit as knowledge and technical based skills. Kirk applies his practice to his passion for sport where he helps elite teams and athletes to ‘outthink’ the opposition. Among other projects, he leads creative problem-solving modules for the UEFA Pro Licence and Sporting Director programmes for the English Football Association. He also advises and supports a number of organisations including adidas, Intuit and ING.

PORTRAIT

Alex Pinter

Strategic Innovation & Growth Lead
ACCENTURE

Innovation is truly a confusing buzzword which many people love to hate. Every C-suite worldwide agrees that it is super important. If you ask “Google“ for an innovation definition, it is less than helpful, coming up with over 300 million results with thousands of definitions.

Alex emphasizes on strategic innovation and growth which offers a fresh perspective to look at three key areas: (1) where to play, (2) how to play, and (3) how to win. For him, it is all about creating 360° value for clients.

He is also a subject matter expert in sports/esports – an industry where he spent most of his professional career building disruptive startups with international scale.

PORTRAIT

Božidarka Radovič

Product Lead
Better Meds

Božidarka Radovič, MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, sees engineering as a way of life. Recently, she was among ten finalists for Slovenia’s female engineer of the year. Working in IT, she is seeking to realise her aspiration to change the world for the better. 

She is the Product Lead for Better Meds, a state-of-the-art electronic prescribing and administration solution that has been introduced in the most digitally advanced hospitals in Slovenia, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. With her ideas, she made a major contribution to the design of our new offices.

PORTRAIT

Michal Matlon

Place & Architecture Psychologist
theLivingCore, Austria

Michal is an architecture psychologist with more than ten years of multidisciplinary experience in technology, media, and marketing. He helps to create places of flourishing and meaningful work, from offices to urban quarters. Currently, Michal works at theLivingCore in Vienna. He also co-founded a newsletter on human-focused, evidence-based architecture called Venetian Letter. In the past, Michal worked at one of the largest office developers in Europe, where he developed the user experience strategy for the company’s buildings and established an internal education program.

PORTRAIT

Roko Malkoč

Product Director
Better Meds

Roko is currently leading a team with a vision of a world without medication errors. His experience brought him to the realisation that the world and digital health products need an empathy revolution.

 As a trained biomedical engineer passionate about organisational networks, he is confident that we can enable a data-driven revolution by building trust between different stakeholders. He was also part of the core team developing the guidelines for the furnishings and design of our new offices.

PORTRAIT

dr. Nigel Oseland

WP Strategist & Change Manager
Workplace Unlimited, UK

Dr. Nigel Oseland is a workplace strategist, environmental psychologist, and change manager who understands the human experience, specifically what sort of behaviors can lead to greater engagement in the workplace, more ideas, and higher productivity. 

Nigel Oseland is a sought-after international speaker, and author of several papers and books, including “Improving Office Productivity – A Practical Guide for Business and Facilities Managers”. 

PORTRAIT

Alenka Kragelj Eržen

CO-FOUNDER & CEO
KRAGELJ ARHITEKTI

Alenka Kragelj Erzen is an architect, workplace strategist, designer and project leader with 15 years of experience on projects for corporate clients. She is also a coach, change manager and workshop facilitator helping organizations and their people transition to new, more efficient ways of working. Alenka successfully managed extensive research, workplace design and office relocation projects for clients such as A1 and VIP Mobil (members of Telekom Austria Group), Outfit7, Grey Worldwide, Krka, Prva Group, Triglav Insurance Group, Medis, DARS, Unicredit, Sberbank and others.

She passionately advocates for the idea of putting people in the center of workplace design. Alenka speaks at industry events, and has authored numerous articles on architecture, interior design and workplace design strategies.