Resources, Hack Tools + Data
<Hacking> The Future of Work will be fuelled with specially obtained datasets as well as curated open data. Here is our growing repository and how to access:
PaddleHR Title-Skill-Education Dataset: PaddleHR is providing a sample dataset which includes a current title, skillset, and years of experience all within the context of a financial institution. The dataset will be available for any team to download as a flat CSV file on Google Drive.
Canada Jobs Bank: The jobs bank is providing an XML of new and open Canadian job opportunities. The XML consists of information including title, salary, employer name, NOC code, number of available positions, date posted, etc. The list of jobs can be filtered by NOC code, location, work period, etc through URLs provided by Jobs Bank.
Brookfield Institute's 'The Talented Mr. Robot': Breaks down which jobs are most susceptible to automation and the number of Canadian's working those jobs. The dataset will be available for any team to download as a flat CSV file on Google Drive.
Brookfield Institute's 'Automation Across the Nation': Maps jobs susceptible to automation regionally so you can see which communities are most susceptible to the greatest labour market disruptions. The dataset will be available for any team to download as a flat CSV file on Google Drive.
Open Government: Labour market data is widely available on the Government of Canada's Open Data Portal including the Canadian Occupational Projections Survey. Employment Ontario from the Province of Ontario also provides a hub of data covering their services, training and programs. The organizing team is curating these pieces in Google Drive and invite participants to add valuable data they find.
Tools (Source: NY Hackathons)
- Github Student Pack: If you're a student, you should already have this free resource pack from GitHub.
- ngrok: A reverse tunnel. Run a server locally in any language and give it a public domain. Good for testing and demoing.
- Fenix Web Server: A simple local webserver. Work on multiple sites simultaneously and serve any number of HTTP projects side by side with a simple GUI.
- Caffeine (mac): Make sure your display doesn't turn off or go to sleep during your presentation (we've seen this happen).
- F.lux: Save your eyes from blue light eye strain. F.lux makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
- Vagrant: Create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments. Don't mess up your dev box by installing all kinds of stuff that might conflict with your existing dev setup. Instead use dev environments using Vagrant or even Docker.
- Atom: An open source and customizable programming IDE for just about anything.
- Homebrew (mac): Homebrew is the missing package manager for OSX, it installs the stuff you need that Apple didn't.
- BrowserSync: Like livereload but better, time synced browser testing. Useful when sharing a design to teammates and on multiple devices. Usually used with gulp or grunt watch tasks.
- Origami (mac): Origami is a free tool for designing modern user interfaces and interactions. Created by Facebook.
- Google Drive: We use Google Drive as a communication and organizational tool to keep the team on the same page. Don't bother emailing or dropboxing. We recommend to use 1 thing that does it all, from projection ideation(docs) to file uploading.
- Pitcherific: Pitcherific helps with preparing and rehearsing your pitches, so you don't have to be all shaky on stage.
- Alexa Skills Kit: Voice enable any app or service with Amazon Alexa
Design & Inspiration:
- Pattern Tap: Can't figure out how to lay out your navigation or show thumbnails? Pattern Tap has a collection of awesome examples for almost every control and web design pattern.
- Pttrns: Same as Pattern Tap but for mobile design patterns. (iOS and Android)
- UX Archive: One of the best Mobile UX websites. Can't figure out a certain User Flow for your mobile hack? UX Archive lists just about every flow or user task from the best apps out.
- Stock Photos That Don't Suck: Finding great stock photos is a pain. You're left with either low-res amateur photos, people wearing cheesy headsets, or photos that are out of budget for the project you're working on. This is an ongoing list of the best stock photo sites that @dustin put together.
- 100 Days of Fonts: A great place to find beautiful combinations and usages of Google Fonts and color schemes.
- User Inter Faces: A database of profile pictures for mockups and demoes (many can be used on live websites as well)!
- Graphic Burger: An array of design resources such as: Mock-ups, UI Kits, Icons, Backgrounds, etc.
- The Noun Project: Thousands of amazing icons useful for your hacks.
- Icon Monstr: Great icon sets for just about anything.
- Icon Moon: High-quality and varied icon fonts and icon packs.
- Cody House: A free library of very useful HTML, CSS, and JS nuggets with comprehensive tutorials.
- Hover: A CSS3 Animation hover effects library. A quick and useful way to add a layer of polish to your interactions.
- Start Bootstrap: Free Bootstrap starter templates for different types of sites. A good place to start and build upon.
- Boot Snipp: Free Bootstrap code snippets for design elements. Similar to Pattern Tap but with provided code.
We'd like to thank Business/Higher Education Roundtable, Aspen Institute Communication & Society Program, and Uber Technologies for contributing to our resources list.
- McKinsey research on independent work in the US and EU.
- US study by Jonathan Hall and Alan Krueger on the labour market for Uber driver-partners (and blog).
- France study by Landier, Szomoru and Thesmar on the labour market for Uber driver-partners (and blog).
- Egypt driver study by Prof Nagla Rizk and blog.
- BCG research on the economic impact of Uber in France (and blog)
- Uber blog on the relationship between barriers to entry and flexibility
- JP Morgan Chase Foundation research looking at how in the US people use on-demand work to smooth out volatile incomes
- Carl Frey study from Oxford looking at the employment impacts of Uber in the US
- Chen, Chevalier, Rossi, Oehlsen - The value of flexible work: The evidence from Uber drivers
- European Political Strategy Centre (European Commission's think tank) strategic note on the future of work, skills and resilience
- RSA research on the gig economy
- McKinsey research on automation and employment
- New America / Bloomberg Shift commission report on the future of work
- OECD policy brief on automation and employment
- The Future of Work (2011, InfoTech): The Future of Work examines the challenges to conventional notions of work and organization brought on by new digital technologies and trends.
- Fragmentation and Concentration (2014, Institutional Innovation): This report maps the effects of the digital revolution on the business environment, the nature of work and the role of leadership in navigating the organization through the constantly changing landscape.
- Power Curve Society (2013, InfoTech): This report examines how technological innovation is restructuring productivity and the social and economic impact resulting from these changes. It addresses the growing concern about the technological displacement of jobs, stagnant middle class income, and wealth disparities in an emerging “winner-take-all” economy. It also examines cutting-edge innovations in personal data ecosystems that could potentially unlock a revolutionary wave of individual economic empowerment.
- Jobs, Technology and Employability: Redefining the Social Contract (2009, FOCAS): Examines the changing nature of the employee-employer relationship and whether the economic, technological, demographic, and social trends driving the global economy will lead to the development of a new social contract between employer and employee.
- Advisory Council on Economic Growth: “Building a highly skilled and resilient workforce through the FutureSkills lab.” February 2017.
- BMO Capital Markets: “Wage against the machine.” Sal Guatieri. June 2017.
- Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship: “The talented Mr. Robot: The impact of automation on Canada’s workforce.” Creig Lamb. June 2016.
- Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship: “Future-proof: Preparing young Canadians for the future of work.” Creig Lamb and Sarah Doyle. March 2017.
- Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship: “The state of digital literacy in Canada: a literature review.” Tea Hadziristic. April 2017.
- Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship: “Automation
across the nation: understanding the potential impacts of technological trends across Canada.” Creig Lamb, Mat Lo. June 2017.
- The Business Council of Canada: “Developing Canada’s future workforce: a survey of large private-sector employees.” Aon Hewitt. March 2016.
- The Business Council of Canada: “Labour-market information: an essential part of Canada’s skills agenda.” Don Drummond and Cliff Halliwell. June 2016.
- C.D. Howe Institute: “Future shock? The impact of automation on Canada’s labour market.” Matthias Oschinski and Rosalie Wyonch. March 2017.
- C.D. Howe Institute: “Job one is jobs: Workers need better policy support and stronger skills.” Craig Alexander. February 2016.
- The Canadian Chamber of Commerce: “Generation Innovation: The talent Canada needs for the new economy.” Sarah Anson-Cartwright et al. November 2016.
- The Conference Board of Canada: “Aligning Skills Development With Labour Market Need.” Michael Grant. May 2016. Paid access required. Paid access required.
- The Conference Board of Canada: “Globalization and Canada’s PSEs: Opportunities and Challenges.” Michael Grant. November 2016. Paid access required.
- The Conference Board of Canada: “New to the Workforce. Compensating and Developing Recent-Graduate and Student Employees.” May 2017. Paid access required.
- Deloitte. “The 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey. ‘Apprehensive millennials: seeking stability and opportunities in an uncertain world.’” 2017.
- Employment and Social Development Canada: “Canadian occupational projection system 2015 projections, job openings 2015–2024.” December 2015.
- The Human Resources Professionals Association: “Next steps for improvement: Identifying the gaps between education and employability in Ontario high schools.” May 2017.
- Manpower Group: “Employment: Outlook Survey, Canada, Q1 2017.” March 2017.
- McKinsey & Company: “Youth in transition: Bridging Canada’s path from education to employment.” April 2015.
- Mowat Centre: “How to Build a Skills Lab: A new model of institutional governance in Canada.” Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann and Michael Morden. June 2017.
- Mowat Centre: “Working without a net: Rethinking Canada’s social policy in the new age of work.” Sunil Johal and Jordann Thirgood. November 2016.
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce: “Talent in transition: addressing the skills mismatch in Ontario.” Kathryn Sullivan. January 20, 2017.
- Arun Sundararajan (June 2016): The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism
- The Freelancers Union and Upwork (October 2016): Freelancing in America: 2016 Survey
- The Atlantic: Future of Work Summit: Welcome to The Future of Work Summit
- The Aspen Institute: "Philanthropy and the Future of Work: Dimensions of Change and Opportunities for Action". Maureen Conway. November 1, 2016.
- The Aspen Institute: "The Future of Work for Low-income Workers and Families". Vickie Choitz with Maureen Conway, The Aspen Institute, Economic Opportunities Program. Fall/Winter 2015.