The conference room is where ideas are developed, discussed and decisions made. Now more than ever, technology is an indispensable tool. Only when users feel confident in sharing their presentations in video conferences with remote colleagues, has technology been fully integrated. zgoll: Konferenzraum GmbH develops innovative media technology concepts and integrates these into their customers’ architecture, furnishings and workflows.
Re Work, the special event at ORGATEC 2016, posed the bold question of whether we actually still need conference rooms in these times of virtual reality, co-working and cloud computing. How important is human contact in a world where using technology no longer represents a competitive advantage but a source of constant pressure to keep up with the pace of change?
The response to this question was a resounding “yes” – conference rooms are an essential element of the world of work, now more so than ever before. Ultimately, an idea, project or product was developed by people and between people. The key to success remains how people work together; technology is merely a tool that surrounds them.
Mobile workers, in-between zones and ad hoc workstations are playing increasingly important roles in any office concept today. The possibilities of technology mean that work is no longer tied to a fixed location. Everyone can work where they personally feel most comfortable. But turning that idea around, it also means that the environments in an organisation must be places of well-being that provide employees with stimulation and a space for productive co-working with the right tools and facilities.
Taking a range of very different (work) scenarios, Inspired Collaboration presented spatial solutions that appeal to all the senses and in which the environments and conferencing technology are a tool for inspiring and productive collaborations.
But not only that: Inspired Collaborations expanded conventional approaches to space planning. Their work revealed just what is possible with people-based room and space planning. The spaces and rooms were monitored with sensors, which showed visitors how different areas are used. The aim of this was not to generate hard facts, such as space utilisation, but rather to evaluate and analyse what type of meetings are most productive in particular types of spaces.
The special event was staged in partnership with zgoll: Konferenzraum GmbH and other sponsors.
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Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT, helping our customers do amazing things by connecting the previously unconnected. We're creating a collaboration canvas to empower teams to perform at their best. This open canvas brings together the market leading Webex Meetings, Teams and video device portfolio with third party productivity tools. Our aim is to make technology disappear to let humans be human. The value to our customers is a more agile and collaborative workforce.
For decades, C+P has stood for elegant steel furnishings. C+P uses the "Climate Office" water and plant walls as a principle biophilic design: Natural elements such as water and plants bring a piece of nature into the working environment. This creates a healthy room environment, increases human well-being and also improves the room acoustics. Intelligent locker and storage solutions complete the C+P concept to make space for people fit for the future.
Fohhn specialises in the development and production of professional loudspeaker systems for both mobile and fixed installation sound reinforcement. Fohhn systems combine innovative design, functionality and first-class sound quality with the aim of achieving perfect acoustic and optical integration. Development and production of all Fohhn systems takes place in house in Nürtingen, Germany, incorporating the company’s own highly developed DSP-, amplifier-, network- and remote control technology.
Holzmedia is the specialist when it comes to furniture with integrated media technology for conference and meeting rooms. The brand stands for consistent positioning directed towards innovation, sustainability and excellence. Its products impress thanks to their design, functionality and premium quality “made in Germany”. In the context of its new, unique and scalable concept of modular – and in some cases mobile – media furniture, the German Design Council named Holzmedia as “one of the best brands in the German corporate landscape”.
Structure in the room. A wall is a wall. quint-it room systems are much more. A holistically oriented system for the modern interior design with glass. The wall becomes a structural element through the profiles qi1 and a design element of the architecture through the wall organization qi5. The glass partitions can be organized for daily office work and create communicative meeting rooms and open, flexible working environments. quint-it provides a valuable space for free development.
With its My Integrated Office concept, the pioneer and leading electronics manufacturer Sharp provides cutting-edge display technologies, high-performance multifunctional systems, and cloud and software solutions for professional use. The solutions are carefully geared to each other and enable networked collaboration between all devices. Alongside 20- to 90-inch screens with high image quality, low power consumption and 24/7 operation, the groundbreaking display portfolio also includes capacitive multi-touch displays and 4K and 8K monitors.