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MWC 2021: Future Society

At MWC 2021, Future Society has been selected as one of this year’s key themes. With COVID-19 having accelerated trends in communication and interaction, we are moving closer towards a society where communicating with bots is closer than ever, where AI is increasingly employed in decision making and where purchases are made online and delivered to your door.  

Recent events have also focused our attention on the environment, with fewer journeys made and the cleaner air that has resulted.  

How can we turn the events of these past months into an opportunity to drive positive and socially effective policies for all? It’s a question that O2 has considered for many years, not just as a result of the impact of COVID-19. Here’s our current thinking: 

Smart Cities: When 1 + 1 = 3, the value of data analytics 

Episode 21 of the Blue Door Podcast considers how Smart Cities can help make better decisions for people, places and technology.  

The role of government in a post Covid world 

Paul Maddox, Client Director – Wider Public Sector Key Account Team at O2, considers the lessons learned about connectivity by government in 2020 and 2021, and how the role of government might change as a result. 

The evolution of the workforce – Changing the way that success, productivity and satisfaction are measured 

Join Danny Hicks, Head of Business Influencer Programmes, for Episode 20 of the Blue Door Podcast, where he introduces an expoert panel that considers the evolution of the workplace culture, and the implications for recruitment, and talent development.  

The Future of Work – how technology needs to support the employee experience 

Episode 19 of the Blue Door Podcast considers technology, and how it needs to help support the employee experience. 

Dynamic working: New flexibility for employees, new challenges for employers 

Lucy Clayton, Head of Business Thought Leadership Marketing at O2, explores the new way of working with insights from our latest report. 

The Future of Work – empowering your most valuable assets: people 

Episode 18 of the Blue Door Podcast considers the people aspect of what’s ahead of us as businesses start to reopen their office doors. 

Why sustainability is good for business (and how to get started) 

What can UK businesses do to make sustainability a part of their business plans? O2’s Will Kirkpatrick, Head of Sustainability and Social Impact, asked Nick Torday, Co-Founder of sustainable lifestyle company Bower Collective. 

Office Craver? Home Dweller? Mixer? Why businesses must adapt to changing employee preferences and priorities. 

Episode 13 of the Blue Door Podcast asks how have you had to adapt to new ways of working over the past 12 months? What impact has it had on your motivation, working patterns and productivity? 

Beyond Covid – What does the future of public transport hold? 

John Aloy, O2’s Head of Key Accounts, Public Sector, considers the role of public transport in the workplace of the future. 

Climate action: The journey to net zero by 2025 

Episode 10 of the Blue Door Podcast looks at the climate. Tracey Herald, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at O2, leads our social impact programmes and has been working on developing O2’s climate action strategy. 

Digital Disruption: The route to survival and growth in 2021? 

Ant Morse, Head of Digital Solutions at O2 (Telefónica UK), considers the opportunities for digital disruption in 2021 and beyond. 

How to adapt your office space to accommodate hybrid working 

In Episode 5 of the Blue Door Podcast, David Cornwell, Head of Solutions at O2, takes a look at how the office as we know it can accommodate flexible and hybrid working. 

A glimpse into the future of industry, work and society in the UK 

Lucy Clayton, Head of Business Thought Leadership takes a look at what’s coming next for work, industry and society in the UK. 

O2 reveals how ‘spring greening’ your digital life can slash carbon emissions 

A series of small changes we can all make to cut our carbon footprints and ‘spring green’ our digital lives.  

Trust and the future of work 

With the easing of restrictions on the horizon, the demands of the post-lockdown workforce will be on the minds of many. 

Local device donation drive provides lifeline to digitally excluded in South Wales 

With over 400,000 people facing digital exclusion in Wales, Community Calling provides internet access to those who need it most.  

First medical drone delivery network set to take flight in the heart of England, potentially cutting waiting times 

O2 is part of a consortium aiming to enhance the pathology network in the UK by potentially speeding up patient response and sample turnaround times and make drone delivery of blood for lifesaving transfusions a reality.  

O2 launches national campaign to highlight the UK’s digital divide, with seven million people still unable to access a web-connected device 

We shine a spotlight on those everyday digital interactions that millions of people – almost a tenth of the population – are unable to experience without online access.  

O2 helps NHS hit vaccinations milestone with connected solutions 

O2 builds on its existing business relationship with NHS England to provide a comprehensive and resilient network package to ensure every site stays connected throughout the vaccination programme. 

O2 and Hubbub to help most vulnerable in Bristol with local device donation drive 

O2 and partners demonstrate support for Bristol’s vulnerable population with local mobile device and data donation drive.  

Building the gender diverse workforce of tomorrow 

Jo Bertram, Managing Director, Business at O2 considers the opportunity ahead for organisations to drive real change and attract more diverse talent. 

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