By @SimonCocking , we’re delighted to be covering this for Irish Tech News next week. We had a quick chat with the event organisers to learn more about it.

When is it on?

The Future of Work: Making It e-Easy conference will take place on 13-14 September 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia.

How many years has it been going? What was the inspiration to start it?

The Future of Work: Making It e-Easy conference, is part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union programme. Our priorities during the Presidency are developing an innovative and digital Europe. We will put emphasis on the digital dimension, including e-solutions and information society. In the field of employment we will focus on future of work. It is a single event.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version? What opportunities are on offer for people attending?

The conference focuses on the challenges related to working conditions, social security and skills; and participants are invited to discuss how to manage work in the digital era. The most important task is finding a balance between rights, responsibilities and guarantees within different forms of work. As an e-state Estonia believes that responding to the new challenges is a lot easier through smart e-solutions and services.

The High-Level Conference ‘The Future of Work: Making It e-Easy’ will host 400 participants and over 30 speakers. The conference will be opened by the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid. Confirmed speakers include representatives from the European Commission, the OECD and ministers from across Europe.

In addition, distinguished representatives of social partners, research initiatives and business communities will contribute to this conference. Leaders from ETUC, BusinessEurope, Google, LinkedIn, Alison, Jobbatical, eCampusOntario and the McKinsey Global Institute, among others, will share their insights on the future of work: Mike Feerick from Alison will speak about Future Work Skills and E-Learning, Sue Duke from LinkedIn gives an overview about Matching Skills of Future Work and Workers and Karoli Hindriks from Jobbatical speaks about the Employer 4.0.

For tech related areas the most interesting part is the Estonian e-solutions block on the first day. The e-solutions are something that comes with the future on a lot wider scale we currently are used to. Also the digital cooperation with Finland is an excellent example how states should work together in the digital world.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Participation in this conference is by invitation only. The target audience of the conference includes officials and experts in the field of labour and employment as well as social affairs, education and e-government, experts from public and private sectors, social partners and high-level public officials from European Union institutions and international organisations. Although most of the participants are experts in the field of tech or future of work.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out? 

As the conference is invitation only we will have the venue more or less full. The rest of the interested people will have the opportunity to follow the conference via live stream on the Presidency website: https://www.eu2017.ee/political-meetings/future-work-making-it-e-easy


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