The 19th and 20th of October 2017, academics, policymakers, business leaders and platform workers came together to experience the future of work and find ways to shape it.

The University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with shareNL and Leiden University, convened this group of people during a two-day conference held in Amsterdam. This international and multidisciplinary conference offered a vibrant space to collectively rethink work in the platform economy. Participants got the latest insights, not only from policymakers, academics and business leaders, but also from gig workers themselves.

 

CONFERENCE TOPICS

Themes discussed include, but were not restricted to: 

 
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The current state of the labour market in Europe and changes brought about by the platform economy

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Online reputation and the challenges of labour markets controlled by algorithms

 
 
 
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New/emerging platform business models and organizational forms (e.g. cooperatives)

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Policy: How can we safeguard job security and social justice in an increasingly flexible labor market?

 
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2017 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

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''THINK-LIKE'' ROUNDTABLES

The platform economy has many different stakeholder groups, each with its own dynamic set of interests, goals, perspectives, and approaches to platform-mediated work. So what does it mean, concretely, to think like these stakeholder groups?

Attendees were invited to participate in a series of ''Think Like'' roundtables led by representatives of the diverse stakeholder groups.  READ MORE 

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QUESTIONS FROM GIG WORKERS

At “future of work” conferences there is usually a lot of talk about gig workers. Opportunities to talk with gig workers are much less common. We include gig workers in a debate that is essentially about their lives and livelihoods. What are their perspectives, priorities and uncertainties? What changes would they like to see with respect to how their work is organized and valued – if any? And is there even a unified “they” to begin with?    READ MORE

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

Included Benjamin Sachs from Harvard Law School, Vera Demary from Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Jeremias Prassl from University of Oxford, Benedikt Franke co-founder of Helpling and Evert Verhulp from the University of Amsterdam. READ MORE

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SPEAKERS 

Speakers from different disciplines participated in panel discussions and where leaders of round tables. Learn more about who they are. READ MORE

PARALLEL PAPERS SESSIONS

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AIRDND DINNER 

We want to offer a unique dining experience. That is why we invited our attendees to have an out of the ordinary dinner. Instead of a traditional restaurant, we offered a true local experience - a meal at one of the homes of an Amsterdamer.

AirDnD, a platform offering dining experience at locals' homes, made a selection of the top rated Amsterdam hobby chefs. The meal was a surprise so attendees had to be ready to dive into unexplored waters! READ MORE 

 

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RECEPTION

At the end of the conference, attendees could enjoy an appetizer and grab a refreshing cocktail sponsored by Chivas Regal. A time to relax and connect with past and future collaborators. 

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VENUE

Amsterdam University College is located in the global city of Amsterdam.

The building won the 2013 Amsterdam Architecture Prize and the architecture of the academic building emphasises environmental sustainability.

The roof is planted with grass, increasing insulation and acting as a water storeroom. In combination with a geothermal heat pump, this serves to minimise energy loss and consumption. READ MORE