CoreNet Global Hackathon: A COVID-19 Virtual Ideation Experience - Results
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CoreNet Global Hackathon: A COVID-19 Virtual Ideation Experience - Results

The corporate real estate community came together to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and ideate with peers from across the globe to develop collective solutions for the immediate crisis – and beyond.

More than 1,000 members participated in CoreNet Global’s COVID-19 Hackathon with representation from 35 countries in 90+ teams.

Teams addressed the following areas:

  1. Space Utilization and Metrics
  2. Distributed Work
  3. Workplace Wellbeing
  4. The Autonomous Workplace
  5. Environment and Climate Change
  6. Manufacturing and Industrial

Final Reports

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Team Deliverables

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  • Space Utilization & Metrics
  • Distributed Work
  • Workplace Wellbeing
  • The Autonomous Workplace
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Manufacturing & Industrial

Space Utilization & Metrics

Corporate real estate (CRE) metrics have traditionally focused on cost and efficiency. Yet an organization’s most valuable resource is its people. Will COVID-19 reverse the trend of reducing square footage per employee and shift the focus from space-centric measurements to human-centric measurements? Or will companies place greater priority on reducing expenses? Further, will the significant business disruptions and prolonged uncertainty ushered in by COVID-19 bring transformational change in companies’ leasing strategies?

Challenge: Develop key forecasts and recommendations for corporate real estate professionals as they address how the pandemic will impact space utilization and metrics going forward.

Sponsors, Team Leads, Chapters for this topic are listed here.

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Distributed Work

With government-issued orders to shelter in place across the globe – and corporations shutting offices  employees have been sent home. We are now conducting a worldwide experiment in remote working. What will this experiment reveal? Will it transform workplace strategy? Will companies that were reluctant to embrace remote work before now see it as a viable option? Or will employees be eager to return to their workplaces and be in the physical space with their colleagues again? Will the employer see greater value in one over the other and what may prevail? And will it result in corporations using less traditional real estate?

Challenge: Develop key forecasts and recommendations for corporate real estate professionals as they address how the pandemic will impact where we work going forward.

Sponsors, Team Leads, Chapters for this topic are listed here.

TEAMS

Workplace Wellbeing

Given the catastrophic loss of life from COVID-19, will wellbeing no longer be a ‘nice-to-have’ and instead become a ‘must-have’? What new protocols around wellbeing, mindfulness and enhancing health and safety should be introduced into the workplace? What becomes of our willingness to be in common spaces, and will people and companies be reluctant to use coworking spaces and shared office settings as part of their real estate and workplace needs? Will this be the end of benching and other solutions without partitions (e.g., protection) from others around us? What steps should be taken in the event of a COVID-19 recurrence?

Challenge: Develop forecasts and key recommendations for corporate real estate professionals that address these challenges and respond to wellbeing in the workplace going forward.

Sponsors, Team Leads, Chapters for this topic are listed here.

TEAMS

The Autonomous Workplace

It is more crucial than ever to leverage the power of technology to ensure health and safety in the workplace. Already, automation is filling some of the gaps. But when the risks of COVID-19 diminish, will automation have replaced some jobs for good? The answer is likely complicated and differs by industry. Will COVID-19 be the catalyst for more rapid development of the autonomous workplace, where we truly leverage the potential of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the internet of things (IoT)?

Challenge: Develop forecasts and key recommendations for corporate real estate professionals that address these challenges and the role of technology going forward.

Sponsors, Team Leads, Chapters for this topic are listed here.

TEAMS

Environment & Climate Change

Climate change, environmental degradation, and the growing prevalence of historic wildfires and catastrophic flooding, for example, pose major challenges to our world. Business, as usual, is no longer acceptable. The built environment – coupled with daily commuting and how and where we work – is a major contributor to climate change. How can corporate real estate professionals take a leadership role in helping their companies solve what is becoming an existential crisis? Will there be a lasting impact of the COVID-19 lockdown and forthcoming health and safety protocols and practices on the environment and climate change?

Challenge: Develop forecasts and key recommendations for corporate real estate professionals that address how the pandemic – and the built environment’s response to it – will impact climate change going forward.

Sponsors, Team Leads, Chapters for this topic are listed here.

TEAMS

Manufacturing & Industrial

With COVID-19 first becoming a serious challenge in China – “the world’s factory” – companies around the globe were faced with closure or reduced operations due to lack of raw materials and manufactured goods. Will the crisis prompt manufacturing companies to carry out a top-to-bottom review of their global supply chains with an eye toward reducing risks? Will manufacturing return to areas that lost factories to lower-cost production sites? Will regulatory and competitive environments shift, opening up new production opportunities in countries that have been off the radar? Will countries and locations with better overall pandemic readiness make the shortlist for the next new factory, even if they’re less competitive on costs? And will governments begin to offer new financial incentives to attract industrial jobs and investments as they see opportunities to capture projects that might have previously gone offshore and enable a more stable, controllable supply chain?

Challenge: Develop forecasts and key recommendations for corporate real estate professionals that address how the pandemic will impact the supply chain, stockpiles, and manufacturing going forward.

Sponsors, Team Leads, Chapters for this topic are listed here.

TEAMS


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