Future of Work in the Digital Society Conference

February 22, 2018

The increasing importance of Gig economy in the society has attracted significant attention from industry practitioners and academic scholars. Recognizing that the prosperity of the future society will be defined by how we creatively use, deploy, and assimilate digital technologies that enabled the Gig economy and by how the culture is shaped by this paradigm shift and how individuals’ health is affected by this change, the workshop will focus on a number of related, high-impact areas related to the Gig economy.
The “Future of Work in the Digital Society” conference will be a half-day event that gathers top industry practitioners and top scholars to present their views, opinions, and predictions of the current and future trends in the Gig economy.

Tentative Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Lunch
  • Keynote Speech
  • Industry Panel and Presentations

Eight distinguished industry leaders will present their views, opinions, and predictions of the current and future trends in the Gig economy. A panel discussion on the Gig economy will also take place.


Sean Ebner, President of PeopleReady
As President of PeopleReady, a TrueBlue Company, Sean Ebner leads our network of branches and teams across North America and Puerto Rico that connect reliable, hard-working associates with customers in several industrial segments. Ebner is a staffing industry veteran with a 20-year track record of delivering exceptional service to customers. Prior to joining TrueBlue, Ebner serves as president of Staff Care, an AMN Healthcare company, the nation’s leading medical workforce solutions firm. Prior to Staff Care, he successfully led a division within Technisource, a subsidiary of Randstad. Ebner is often sought for this expertise in employment trends. His perspective has been cited in The New York Times, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today and many other publications.


Jenny Poon, Founder of Co+Hoots

Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur and founder of CO+HOOTS, Phoenix’s #1 coworking space and small business incubator that currently houses 250+ entrepreneurs. She is also the founder of eeko studio, a boutique design and advertising agency focused on fresh designs for impactful companies large and small. Other businesses she has helped launch are: CO+HOOTS Foundation and Fresh Words Market. Her background in design and marketing led her to build a place where she could connect with like-minded folks that believe business growth comes from collaboration between different industries. She has worked more than 14 years in team environments and has used her experience to organize one of the largest community of entrepreneurs who believe collaboration between industries is where innovation flourishes. Jenny was named Phoenix Business Journal’s 2016 Phoenix Businessperson of the Year. The first minority and the first woman to receive the honor.


Peter Gigante, Head of Policy Research at Lyft Government Relations

Peter Gigante joined Lyft Government Relations as head of policy research in July 2013. He leads Lyft research initiatives that provide insight to public policy stakeholders on an array of topics including economic, social, environmental, and transit impacts. Prior to joining Lyft, Mr. Gigante was a research professional at Cornerstone Research, a consulting firm providing economic analysis for litigation. He holds a Master’s degree from Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Science.


Chris Opfer, Managing Editor on the Labor and Employment News Team at Bloomberg BNA

Chris Opfer is the Managing Editor on the labor and employment news team at Bloomberg BNA. Chris covers the policy, politics and court battles that shape the way people work. Among other topics, he’s written about efforts to organize gig workers, how smartphones challenge the meaning of overtime work and what happens when robots take over factory floors and fast food cashier stations. Chris was awarded a National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship in 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and James Madison University.


Subbarao Kambhampati, Professor and President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Subbarao Kambhampati (Rao), is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at ASU’s. Rao’s research interests are in Artificial Intelligence with particular emphasis on planning, machine learning, analogical and case-based reasoning, and their applications to automated manufacturing. He has written oodles of papers in these areas. Rao also serves as the President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. The international association is the premier nonprofit scientific society working to increase understanding of intelligent behavior and its underlying thought process, and how that is used in machines. It works to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence as well as promote research in the field and its responsible use.



Kevin Hong, Assistant Professor and Co-director of Digital Society Initiative
Bin Gu, Associate Dean and Earl and Gladys Davis Distinguished Professor
Raghu Santanam, Department Chair and McCord Chair Professor


To be announced


Department of Information Systems within the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University

For more information, contact wpcareyis@asu.edu.