The Mission IV:
WORK - Be Next!

The program is already finished.

Overview

Our fourth Mission was all about the topic of New Work. In the next years, a whole new generation will enter the job market. They have different expectations from their employers and a value system built around the topic of sustainability. That is why we have started this project with excellent corporate partners who want to shape the future of work.

At the end of October 2020, five outstanding teams started their adventure. During three months, they worked on five innovative solutions, together with all project partners and Team Futury.

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What was the project about?

We spend at least 1/3 of our days at work. Drowned in our daily routine, we often ignore what’s happening around us and don’t have time to reflect on how, where and with whom we work. Often, we adapt to existing norms and company culture that have existed for generations and accept them, thinking there’s no room for change. But COVID-19 challenged us in a way that we couldn’t continue business-as-usual anymore. Millions of people had to adjust their routines and find new ones, realizing that there was room for change. As a society, the way we handled the situation has proven to adapt to unique circumstances and find solutions for most pressing issues. Moreover, in the next years, a whole new generation will enter the job market. They have different expectations from their employers and a value system that is built around the topic of sustainability.

Now that is why Futury is looking for innovative ideas to address the new challenge statement:

How can we shape the how, where and with whom we work in a sustainable and future-oriented way?

The five teams did an outstanding job during the 3-month project. Here you can watch the Final Pitch event again:

Get to know the teams!

Team 1 - Offisense

Vision
Connect employees from wherever they work to increase exchange, encourage inclusion and bridge corporate silos.

Problem
Due to the technological push of the Covid-19 pandemic, hybrid working models will become the standard in the near future. Our research shows that informal communication with colleagues has become the top challenge for employees. This leads to feelings of isolation and lowers the transmission of information within the company.

Solution
We address this challenge by providing a platform that makes getting in touch with each other as easy as bumping into one another in front of the coffee machine. Our interest-based matching system overcomes hierarchies, departments and locations: Bringing people together over topics that matter to them. Users can easily access OffiSense through the interface of work tools such as MS Teams. The HR department has access to a dashboard for managing the tool and getting high-level insights. OffiSense enables your corporate community to keep in touch – supporting you in getting ready for the future of work.

Team 2 - Carbonator

Vision
Incorporate sustainability to transform daily business management.

Problem
Sustainability is more relevant than ever, but only 4% of companies globally reach their sustainability goals. Pressure from financial markets, regulations and customers is pushing companies to become more sustainable. Manager engagement is key but remains challenging due to a lack of access to sustainability data and its complexity.

Solution
The Carbonator empowers managers to improve the company's sustainability performance by providing easy access to credible, relevant and understandable sustainability data and creating transparency within a centralized and collaborative data exchange platform. Progress tracking allows managers to become proactive by identifying deviations from the company's sustainability goals and adjust actions accordingly.

Team - 3 Optimo

Vision
Upskilling opportunities are accessible, attractive and effective.

Problem
Factory workers have no time to learn required new skills. The growing skill gap is already impacting industrial companies, but shift managers don’t have the time and tools to organize learning sessions for factory workers while keeping track of output targets numbers.

Solution
Optimo develops software for shift managers in industrial companies who don’t have the time and tools to plan when a blue-collar worker should learn and what. The solution is a planning tool that suggests which person should learn what and when based on data about the person's availability, the skills that must be learned, and the available learning resources. Aside from suggesting best time slots, the software also shows what impact this training has for the company, e.g. this training brings the person to level 4/5 in machine X, and it increases the overall production rate by reducing machine errors and maintenance time due to a higher skill level of the workers. The solution saves the shift managers time and helps the factory workers continuously learn and have the skills that are required due to the digital transformation.

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Team 4 - PlanCo

Vision
Helping production companies to empower industrial site employees through community-driven benefits.

Problem
Production employees wish to receive more appreciation on a daily basis through personal exchange and physical benefits onsite. Current corporate benefit platforms and overall communication channels are not sufficiently suitable for production employees.

Solution
PlanCo is the first platform to enable companies to offer a benefits package designed for industrial sites in full consideration of employees' habits and needs and combines community effects with physical services. PlanCo facilitates interactions among employees, i.e., exchanging advice & items and connects industrial site neighborhoods with local businesses, i.e., groceries delivery.

Team 5 - Flexoffice

Vision
Everyone has the possibility to work at a place between home and office so people commute less, feel better and strengthen local economies.

Problem
How might we help employees who work in a hybrid model, to work in a flexible way so that productivity and well-being rise?

Solution
With FlexOffice, we want to enable office space where people actually live. By providing a platform for sustainable coworking spaces in suburban areas, we will be able to transfer the benefits of working from home to an office environment. And by this, we will be able to clearly separate work from home, decrease commute and increase across industry exchange - a win-win-win solution. Check out our prototype and email us with questions or feedback of any kind: flexoffice@futury.eu

Project Timeline

I.
October 26th, 2020
Kick Off
II.
October - December
Working Phase 1
III.
December 10th, 2020
Interim Pitch
IV.
December - February
Working Phase 2
V.
February 2nd, 2021
Final Pitch with all Corporate Partners
Annabell Hillenbrand, Manager, Bain & Company

In The Mission, you have motivated and driven young talents on the one side and big established companies on the other side. Bringing them together creates an incredible microcosmos where you can really change things.  

Niklas Schäfer, Futury Alumni

Besides an energizing team spirit, you become part of a potential new start-up in a setting incomparable to anything else. Or can you think about a place where you get all the freedom you need to be creative and being paid for creating your own company?

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Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 51
60596 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 – 348 750 53
E-Mail: hello@futury.eu