Future Office Ecosystem: Smart buildings that the workers control
A remote-controlled smart building office ecosystem, personalized to each individual employee


Imagine if the entire office building was a smart ecosystem, personalized to each individual user or employee. It knows you are here when you enter the building, and is able to prepare and change the workplace to meet your needs. The smart ecosystem acts as a company-wide personal assistant, like an Amazon Echo or Alexa that is building-wide. It can do many things to make sure every employee is happy, healthy, and as a result, more productive, including changing the lighting, temperature, moving walls to accommodate for more or less space as needed, and operating transformable furniture. There are not as many objects, as sensors are embedded into the building infrastructure and furnitures, allowing them to act together in a cohesive system.

The integrated ecosystem data knows what you have to do - not just at work - but can also help keep track of things you have to do - at home, with your family, your dentist and doctors appointments, how healthy you’ve been. It encourages a healthy work-life balance in order to keep employees happy and retain and recruit strong talent and skills. When you work overtime, it knows you’re fatigued and suggests to come in an hour late. Spaces will be flexible - as computers in a physical sense will be phased out and become integrated into the furniture itself. Desks will have embedded digital surfaces that turn on when touched or when workers sit down, and a fingerprint scanner that recognizes each worker and allows it to bring up your information and relevant work projects (linked to the cloud storage). The ecosystem operates as an automated system, but allow workers to adapt or control pieces to make it better suited for them, done by a series of sensor remotes controlled by EEG mind mapping devices or gesture recognition. The workplace is personalized for you... It helps you maintain your life - not just what is on your work calendar, and makes sure you are overworked or undervalued.

Describe the challenge that the team faces:

The more distributed teams become, the harder it is to keep track of how they are feeling as individuals. As workplaces become more and more remote and globalized, it is harder to know how employees are doing - if they are healthy, happy...are they growing, learning, burning out, fatigued, overworked, rewarded - do they feel valued as employees and do they feel like they are part of the team?

Briefly describe your solution:

Offices in 2025 will become fully automated, the building will be smart and know you and be interactive, and your job will aim to keep you happy and healthy.

Explain how it improves teamwork and solves the problems we encounter today:

It keeps teams and employees happy and troubleshoots problems they face on a regular basis. It breaks the barriers of typical HR practices and brings the environment closer to the workers. Workers can focus on their projects and tasks at hand instead of being distracted by discomfort, being overwhelmed or overworked, or feeling like the workplace doesn't care about them outside of what happens in the office. It bridges the office and "real" life by making the two connect.

Explain how it works in 5 steps:

  1. Smart, personalized ecosystem that recognizes each individual worker
  2. Helps them maintain an active and productive work-life balance
  3. Makes recommendations based on how hard they are working
  4. Controls the office environment to make it catered towards them
  5. Puts fun and happiness at the forefront and learns from employees when they are happy or dissatisfied




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