In alignment with the innovation and technology space that the city of Brampton is rapidly building, Sheridan and Our Wave Hub, a new technology-skills accelerator, will be hosting an after-hours design jam next week on August 16 about the future of work.

The three-hour event is called Bold: A Step Forward, and its purpose is to explore the role colleges and universities play in nurturing talent to be adaptable and agile to changes in the workforce. The workshop is open to the public and it’s being used as a major platform to review the challenges and find actionable solutions that can be used by post-secondary institutions, including the integration of new-generation technologies. Studies have already shown that work environment challenges exist across industries, so this is a matter of staying ahead of the race rather than falling behind.

The work environment, which for many was stationary at a desk, used to be a steady 9-to-5 workday and is now changing to remote workstations, global teams, and different technologies that read our habits, generate data and use robotics to assist with our roles.

The speaker lineup for Bold will feature industry experts — directors and department managers — from a variety of fields of innovation, higher education, entrepreneurship, mechatronics and advanced manufacturing from LinkedIn, University of Toronto and Sheridan College.

There is a lot of room for innovation within teaching and learning models of traditional academic systems to stay relevant with the evolving needs of industry,” says Prieeyya Kaur Kesh, co-founder of Our Wave Hub. “We’re incredibly grateful that Sheridan College is forward-thinking to support the initiative.”

And it looks like many innovation hubs and educational institutions have already caught onto the initiative. Bold is part of a multi-event series called #TheFutureOf and has the support of heavy-hitter innovation hubs built by the government, colleges and universities, and independent institutions. A few names backing this entire series are edNEST Toronto, City of Brampton, Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre, Peel ONE Network, Sheridan College, EDGE at Sheridan and iCube at UTM, Startup Peel, and Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

According to the McKinsey Global Institute Report, A future that Works: Automation, Employment and Productivity, almost $15 trillion in wages in the global economy have the potential to be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technology, according to their analysis of more than two-thousand work activities across eight-hundred occupations.

You can click here to register for a ticket. Prices are between $15 and $20.