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The Future Xperience Lab

As part of the celebration of The Futures Lab’s 20th anniversary last year, we decided to revamp our “living the future” events division to include new approaches to fully immersive/interactive experiences.  In doing so, we changed our name from FEEL (Future Events and Entertainment Lab) to the Future Xperience Lab (www.futureXperiencelab.com).  This has meant that our focus is firmly on connecting our foresight expertise with our “living the future” events experience, specifically the creation, theming, experiential design and curation aspects, rather than full production.

Accordingly, we have expanded both our foresight capabilities as well as our experiential design and technology team. This was no more evident than the work we did for AEM over the past couple of years in undertaking a robust study for the Future of the Construction industry, which became the blueprint for the Future Tech Experience at CONEXPO CON-AGG in Vegas in March 2017.Our experiential design and technology team also designed and delivered interactive experiences for that event.

Our goal through our foresight programs and “living the future” events is to bring the future to life and to demonstrate the positive endeavors, inventions and creativity that are helping build a future for the benefit of mankind. Through direct exposure and encounter with the emerging future, participants avail their fears and open up their dreams.

 

Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education and Learning Sciences

Derek Woodgate’s joint research published by Springer

Children’s Interactions Within a Virtual Reality Environment for Learning Chemistry

  • Ghislain Maurice N. Isabwe
  • Margrethe Moxnes
  • Marie Ristesund
  • Derek Woodgate

Conference paper

Transformative spaces and future materials

Recently completed a project for a global client on the future of materials and transformative spaces. Very exciting areas of development, especially in nano and AI.

Derek Woodgate to be the keynote at Læringsfestivalen in Trondheim 8-9th May 2017

 

The title of his presentation is: How future multimedia will augment student interaction, engagement and collaboration

Further information

Finally the Tech Experience of a Lifetime

After two years of working on the full foresight project, conceptualization and content development for the AEM Tech Experience at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, we finally got to see the event in its full splendor. While The Futures Lab conceptualized the event, created the theming and content framework, AEM members, universities, institutions and even the Government provided the content, which was beautifully integrated into Jack Morton designs and brought to life by GES.

Covering four major themes: Imagine What’s Next in Infrastructure, Intelligent Jobsite, Workforce and Additive Manufacturing, the event displayed a fantastic vision of both the near, mid-term and further out future, boasting amazing advances in Hyperloop, a fully 3D printed excavator, the HeroX competition for Infrastructure 2050, a drone cage and a full mission control set–up for an intelligent worksite, supported by emerging developments in everything from self-healing asphalt and solar roads to a broad array of intelligent systems for site management, data analysis and fleet/resource interaction, including robotics, AI and HMI. There were a number of advanced 3D VR training systems, communications interfaces and our own “Future Job Kiosk” developed together with our partners in Hungary under the supervision of TFL associate, Helga Veigl.

The Tech Experience also boasted dozens of daily presentations at the Tech Experience theater, with the presentation by astronauts, twin brothers, Mark and Scott being a major draw, along with Wayne Rapp, Director of Manufacturing at Hyperloop One and D’Arcy Salzmann, Senior Director, Strategy, Microsoft HoloLens & Studio Manager, Future Bureau, Microsoft.

Smart Roads Technologies

The World’s 3D Printed Escavator

Mission Control for Fully Integrated Intelligent Worksite

Future Jobs Kiosk

Drone Zone

3D Printer Used for the Escavator

2050 HeroX Infrastructure Challenge Finalists

Fully Connected Worksite

Intelligent Machine Control

Tech Experience Pavilions

Solar Road Tiles

Additive Manufacturing

Tech Experience Conceptualizer and Designer

Further reading

TFL on CNTV

 

Our President, Derek Woodgate gave a 20 minute interview for CNTV on TFL’s involvement in the creation and development of the Tech Experience at CONEXPO-CON-AGG 2017 in Las Vegas. He also talked about the show production and future learning for show producers.

 

TFL celebrates 20th Anniversary

On 1st January 2017, The Futures lab, Inc. will be 20 years old, having commenced its first foresight project on that date. From its early beginnings in Belgium and London to its highly successful years in Austin, Texas, with its major global expansion in the mid-2000s to its transformative years in Atlanta, Georgia, we have continued to thrive and create revolutionary, but highly salient futures for our broad-base of internationally renowned clients. As we claim: We are the leaders in the future potential business.

The idea for The Futures Lab was inspired by my long-term strategy work at VF Corp, at a time when I really did not know that the Science of Foresight/Futures Studies actually existed. I learned the process and approaches to foresight from the classics and the experts in the field of the day and in time created a distinctive, expert approach for The Futures Lab, which has been successfully applied to nearly 100 clients, some 140 projects and a multitude of industries over the past two decades.

Whilst, I founded the company and remain the architect for its business structure and strategy to this day, the company, which was incorporated in 2000 would never have reached the success levels it has without a great number of people,namely, colleagues, partners, clients, collaborators, futurist peers, family and friends.

Some such as Clive Cooper and Simon Ratcliffe of Your Future (London), were there from the first day till the present. Peter Bishop, who lead the Futures Studies Program at the University of Houston for so many years, provided us with amazing talented and well-suited staff such as Wayne Pethrick and Gary Golden amongst others. Maggie Duval, with whom I had a decade of successes by extending the company into new realms helped give the company and me new areas of focus that transformed the organization to keep us afloat through the recession. International partners such as: Ramon Ascobereta, Luciana Tanure, Lisa Zhang, Linda Hodgsonenabled TFL to conduct large-scale, multi-country projects for major corporations all over the globe. Finally, none of this would have been possible without the brilliant research and foresight support from my daughter, Tessie Woodgate and Helga Veigl.

While, we will celebrate this milestone with a new website and some new services, we enter our 21st year, in the midst of a number of projects still in process and more in the pipeline. Looking forward to a successful 2017 as we march forward into another decade of foresight. We are eternally grateful to everyone that has helped make The Futures Lab a success. Wishing you all a wonderfully successful and happy New year.

TFL’s President, Derek Woodgate to speak at the World Learning Summit 2016 in Norway

TFL’s President, Derek Woodgate will speak and be a panelist at the World Learning Summit 2016, which will be held on 14th-16th June in Kristiansand, Norway. Amongst o26823_109047562455115_100000496162647_196872_5754057_nther subjects, Derek will discuss STEAM-based projects, as well as the potential impact of emerging multimedia technologies on the future of experiential learning.

Keynotes include: Peter Norvig, Chief scientist at Google, who pioneered the first MOOC, Michael Shanks, professor of Archeology at Stanford University and a long-time participant in various Stanford centers and labs focused on design, digital media, and technology and Keith Devlin is the Executive Director of H-Star Institute at Stanford University.

The Summit is the 6th annual conference meeting, promising to be a valuable event for academics, entrepreneurs and education leaders interested in the changing landscape of learning and education. Together we will explore the lifelong learning arc for those across the globe, and the role of networks and community in that journey. 

The event is hosted and convened by the Future Learning Lab international research network – in collaboration withNorwegian Trade Association/Abelia, the City of Kristiansand, Norwegian School of Business, Oslo StartUp Lab, Oslo EdTech, Digin, Aftenposten, The Freedom of Speech Foundation, and the Arkivet Peace FoundationConference host is University of Agder in South Norway, in collaboration with the HStar Institute at Stanford University

TFL’s President Derek Woodgate Making Sense of the Future of Learning

TFL’s President, Derek Woodgate participated in a two-day workshop titled “Making Sense of the Future of learning,” designed for higher education leaders and innovators to explore implications raised by KnowledgeWorks’ new ten-year forecast, “The Future of Learning: Education in an Era of Partners in Code.”

The workshop took place at Sparkspace and produced a number of exciting insights about future potential for education and learning.

The workshop was organized by Cincinnati-based social enterprise, KnowledgeWorks, http://www.knowledgeworks.org/- an organization that explores the future of learning to help education leaders and innovators anticipate change, explore strategic possibilities and identify ways of creating better opportunities for all learners.

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Our President talks the future on Capitol Hill

Our President, Derek Woodgate was invited by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers to participate in a high powered 2 hour panel in the Rayburn House Office building at the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill on May 17th to discuss the future of infrastructure to a packed audience of house representatives, the press and staffers. The event was part of AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative. Other panelists included Reps. Garrett Graves (R-La.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation President Amanda Engstrom Eversole, AEM Director and Kennametal CEO Ron DeFeo, and Addie Torner from the Brookings Institute.

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