The Future of Work Hackathon

Our Hackathon experts will facilitate an engaging co-design session that encourages conversation, collaboration and innovation. Cross-functional teams comprising of academics, researchers, psychologists, coaches, and leaders will reframe and respond to key challenges identified from their experiences, research and the conference sessions. Solutions, prototyping strategies and calls to action will be shared at the end of the session.

Create meaningful connections during this guided co-design process to address the ‘big challenges’ of leadership and coaching in the future of work. Drawing on themes and insights from the conference, this fast-paced session will support deeper conversation, collaboration and innovation. You’ll be part of cross-functional teams comprising of academics, researchers, psychologists, coaches, and leaders and be supported to reframe, ideate and develop high-value strategies and product concepts. Designed to be a fun, creative, productive and memorable way to complete your conference experience.

Session Speakers and Facilitators

Aaron McEwan – VP of Research & Advisory, Gartner’s HR Practice

As VP of Research & Advisory for Gartner’s HR Practice, Aaron McEwan helps Senior Leaders execute critical business objectives through the application of evidence-based HR and Talent Management practices. A behavioural scientist and coaching psychologist, Aaron believes that great ideas, backed by rigorous science, have the power to unlock the potential of individuals, organisations and the world.

Recently named a Top 100 Global HR Influencer, Aaron has more than 20 years’ experience in talent management and HR consulting and has been coaching executives for 15 years. He appreciates how essential talent is to organisational performance and growth and works with senior executives to evolve their HR strategies and innovate their talent practices by harnessing data and insights derived from the world’s leading companies. He is dedicated to optimising the performance of executives and unlocking the potential of their greatest assets, their people.

Previously, Aaron held a variety of leadership and senior consulting positions at Human Capital firms including the OPIC Group, Hudson and Lee Hecht Harrison. He holds a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from Sydney University and Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Griffith University.

Alongside his current role, Aaron serves on the national committee for the Australian Psychological Society’s Interest Group in Coaching Psychology and was a founding member of the Queensland chapter. He is an Advisor to several HR tech start-ups and lectures at Sydney Business School’s Master of Workplace Coaching program. He is an Honorary Fellow at Wollongong University, an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University and has guest lectured at University of NSW, University of Queensland, Griffith University and the Australian College of Applied Psychology.

Aaron’s passion for great ideas and performance is not limited to the corporate world. Many years spent song writing and performing original music have taught him that humility, honesty and human connection sit at the heart of great performance.

Complementary Leadership

Digitalisation has fundamentally changed how organisations operate and how employees work, and HR must ensure leaders are prepared to deal with this new and constantly changing reality. Given the increased pressure to deliver against this leadership challenge, it’s no surprise that CHROs cited “struggling to develop effective leaders” as the top challenge facing HR in 2019.

In response to this challenge, HR leaders are overhauling their organizations’ leadership models, hoping the right combination of competencies will enable their leaders to tackle their growing responsibilities.

To ensure HR leaders are giving leaders the best support, they should help leaders share their growing number of responsibilities with colleagues who have complementary skills sets — what we call complementary leadership.


Revel Gordon

Revel is an executive coach, team coach and facilitator who works with C-Suite and senior leaders. His clients range from major corporates including Google, American Express and Novartis, to tech startups such as Atlassian.

His coaching approach combines a granular understanding of the strategic, political and commercial realities senior executives face, with a deep appreciation of the human factors that underpin them.  His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from Sydney University.

Revel has coached around the world in a career spanning more than a decade. Prior to establishing his coaching practice, Revel held senior roles at Fairfax Limited, Forrester Research and Leo Burnett. He was a Director of the International Coach Federation’s Australasia Chapter until earlier this year.

In addition to coaching, Revel is a co-owner of technology startup Lumachain, which has recently completed one of the largest Seed funding rounds in Australian history, led by one of Australia’s most respected Venture Capital funds.

Arun Pradhan,  Founder –

Arun Pradhan is the founder of, an enterprise solution for learning agility, and is an independent learning & performance consultant. He has taken the lead creative role in delivering learning campaigns and performance solutions to some of Australia’s largest banks, tech companies, telcos, and retailers. Arun was awarded Australia’s Learning Professional of the Year Award by the Australian Institute of Training & Development (AITD) in 2017 and the Award for Individual Excellence by the Australian eLearning Industry Association in 2015.

Arun has developed an international reputation, particularly for his work in design thinking and developing learning agility. He has broad experience in emerging technologies and is an unashamed geek when it comes to learning science, cognitive psychology, behavioural economics, marketing and anything that sheds light on how people think, behave and change.


In today’s environment of accelerated change and digital disruption, people are being challenged to be more agile, innovative and responsive.

This presentation will begin by identifying key trends in the future of work before exploring future-proofing strategies that empower people to adapt and reinvent themselves. Drawing on latest research and industry practice, Arun will outline techniques to achieve greater learning agility and impact. Specifically, the presentation will explore 6 key areas to better ‘augment and develop’ ourselves and the people around us.

Hamza Khan, Managing Director – Student Life Network

Hamza Khan is a multi-award winning marketer & entrepreneur. He’s the Managing Director of Student Life Network, Canada’s most comprehensive resource hub dedicated to helping and empowering millions of students across the country. He co-founded both Splash Effect, a boutique marketing & creative agency, as well as SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company. He is the author of an Amazon bestselling book, “The Burnout Gamble.” From TEDx stages and national conferences to MBA classrooms and Fortune 500 boardrooms, Hamza is regularly invited to deliver keynotes and workshops around the world. He is a faculty member at Seneca College and Ryerson University, teaching courses on digital marketing and social media. Through his consulting, writing, teaching and speaking, Hamza empowers people and businesses to transform ideas into action. Learn more at


McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” predicts that the world of work will be radically transformed by 2030. Working alongside tireless technology, the demand for more “human” skills—social and emotional skills, as well as other higher-level cognitive skills—particularly critical thinking, creativity, and complex information processing—will dramatically increase. All the while, levels of chronic stress will continue to rise, resulting in an even more massive epidemic of occupational burnout than the World Health Organization has identified today. Where will humans fit in tomorrow’s workplace? And how can leaders help them to thrive? The solution exists before our eyes, found within the very science-fiction narratives which inspired (and were in turn, inspired by) disruptive technology: be more human. To succeed in the face of uncertainty, we must lean into uniquely human qualities that are difficult, if not impossible, to automate. For anything that can be automated will be automated. However, that which is left will become disproportionately more valuable.