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How Will Workers Return?

20 APRIL, 2020 – ATLANTA, GANearly 1,000 corporate real estate leaders from 35 countries around the world will participate in the CoreNet Global Hackathon, a COVID-19 Virtual Ideation Experience. Summary reports from the Hackathon will create a vision for the corporate work world in a post-coronavirus (COVID-19) environment.

Corporate real estate leaders at large, Fortune 1000 corporations will participate in teams dedicated to specific issues that companies will face when the crisis abates.

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

The hackathon, a group of individuals convening to solve problems collectively and within a short, defined period of time, will challenge these teams to develop collective solutions that ensure the long-term health and well being of citizens, companies, and communities.

The teams will begin meeting virtually today, work in facilitated virtual roundtable discussions and issue summary reports in mid-May, after which CoreNet Global will be publishing the summary reports.

We fully anticipate that the Hackathon summary reports will be a road map for the global corporate community to navigate the uncertain terrain we will all be on once workers begin to return to the workplace,” said Angela Cain, CEO of CoreNet Global. “Corporate real estate professionals will play a strategic role in shaping this future, working with colleagues in various other departments including HR, IT, Finance, and Marketing.

Cain pointed out several issues that corporations will face:

  • When and how will workers return?
  • Will some work remotely on a permanent basis?
  • How must the workplace – and work schedules -- be redesigned to address health and possible contamination issues?
  • What is the new role of the office?
  • What will be the impacts of the crisis on efforts to remain sustainable, and profitable?

Thought Leadership Sponsors of the Hackathon include leading industry service providers and supporters:

  • BHDP (Workplace Wellbeing, Environment & Climate Change)
  • Cognitive Corp (Autonomous Workplace)
  • Colliers (Distributed Work, Manufacturing & Industrial)
  • Comfy (Space Utilization & Metrics)
  • FM:Systems (Space Utilization & Metrics)
  • Freespace (Space Utilization & Metrics)
  • HNI Global (Space Utilization & Metrics, Workplace Wellbeing)
  • HOK (Space Utilization & Metrics, Autonomous Workplace, Workplace Wellbeing)
  • Interior Architects (Workplace Wellbeing, The Autonomous Workplace, Environment & Climate Change)
  • RefineRE/BenchCore (Distributed Work)
  • Stantec (Workplace Wellbeing)
  • Teknion (Workplace Wellbeing)
  • VergeSense (Space Utilization & Metrics)
  • WeWork (Distributed Work)
  • Whitney (Space Utilization & Metrics)

Contributing sponsors include:

  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Edge
  • Fischer
  • HLW

The CoreNet Global Hackathon is supported by several related industry associations:

  • ABC, Associated Builders & Contractors
  • ASID, American Society of Interior Designers
  • BOMA International, Building Owners and Managers Association International
  • CCIM Institute
  • CRE, Counselors of Real Estate
  • IIDA, The Commercial Interior Design Association
  • IREM, Institute of Real Estate Management
  • SIOR, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors

CoreNet Global, the world’s premier association for corporate real estate professionals, is launching a hackathon, a virtual ideation experience in which corporate real estate leaders and other professionals around the world will present their vision of the post coronavirus (COVID-19) global landscape and the corporate real estate strategies that will lead companies to success.

About CoreNet Global

CoreNet Global is a non-profit association, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), representing more than 11,000 executives in 50 countries with strategic responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations. The organization’s mission is to advance the practice of corporate real estate through professional development opportunities, publications, research, conferences, designations, and networking in 45 local chapters and networking groups globally. For more information, please visit or follow @CoreNetGlobal on Twitter.