Programme Overview

From September to November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, <Hacking> The Future of Work will host five “think and do” events to explore how AI, robotics & the gig economy will impact labor markets in North America, and the role of political, business & technology leaders to ensure a soft landing for people & the economy.

Sub-themes to be explored include:

  1. The key forces that are driving workforce changes, in perception and in reality, including demographics, automation, trade and migration;
  2. Changes in demand for specific skills (low, middle and high skills), income/wage growth and distribution (classes and wages), and industry disruption (ripe vs. protected); and
  3. Political/voter implications and solutions available to public and private sector actors, including trade/migration levers, social safety nets, education programs and tax policies.

Events to be hosted include:

  • Subject matter expert meeting to develop a cross-sector fact base on labour market impacts
  • Hackathon to produce technology-based prototypes to problems identified by experts
  • Presentation of research and prototypes to members of the Trilateral Commission
  • Social events to create community among unlikely partners (unions, technologists, policymakers, businesses, and non-profits)

Over 200 senior leaders and technologists will be engaged directly during the program, with several thousand more engaged with media outreach. Partners include The Trilateral Commission, Government of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, McKinsey & Company, Paddle HR, Datafest Ottawa and Impact Hub Ottawa.

<Hacking> The Future of Work invites partners to engage in this program. Please contact Matthew Thomas (CEO of Paddle HR; David Rockefeller Fellow, Trilateral Commission) at

<Hacking> The Future of Work

Programme Overview – Ottawa, Canada

Big, Bold Ideas Hackathon Project Development
When? September 15, ½ day session
Where? ISED Service Lab, Ottawa
Who? Half-day facilitated session with 25 invited subject matter experts (in tech, labour market trend research, service delivery and policy) hailing from community, academia, government, non-governmental and private sectors. Session will solicit and identify top-potential projects for the hackathon weekend

Pre-Hackathon Project Meetup
When? October 2, 6-8 PM EST for evening drinks & cocktails
Where? Side Door Restaurant, Ottawa (18 York St b, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T5)
Who? Hackathon project owners (subject matter experts), registered hackathon participants and community members (total 50), plus media. Meetup will enable participants and subject matter experts to network, consider projects, discuss skills required and brainstorm approaches.

Hackathon Weekend
When? October 13-15
Where? Impact Hub Ottawa
Who? 15 teams consisting of 4 technologists (developers, designers and data scientists) as well as subject matter experts and media (60-70people in total) to prototype tech-based solutions to the projects

Friday October 13 – Day 1
6PM Opening Remarks, Project Pitch session
7PM Team Building | Hacking begins
12AM Venue closes

Saturday October 14 – Day 2
8AM Doors open
12PM Lunch
[Optional afternoon workshops]
6PM Dinner
12AM Venue closes

Sunday October 15 – Day 3
9AM Doors open
12PM Lunch
1PM Hacking ends | Team Presentations/demos
3PM Wrap-up

Selected Team(s) Presentation to Trilateral Commission
When? November 4, 3-5pm
Where? Chateau Laurier, Ottawa
Who? Invited teams from hackathon, Trilateral North American Regional Meeting attendees, media
Format? Panel session with tech demos interwoven; Confirmed speakers: Michael Chui, Partner at McKinsey, Diana Farrell, Founding President and CEO, JP Morgan Chase Institute

Post-hack Debrief
When? November 14, evening drinks & cocktails
Where? TBD, Ottawa
Who? Casual meetup to celebrate and reflect on accomplishments, including interested hackathon participants, organizers, sponsors, media