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Will Job Seekers Survive or Thrive? Augmented Reality Exhibit to Explore Pittsburgh Student Readiness

National education futurists join Thrival Sept. 19-20

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Topics: Emerging Trends, Future of Learning, Readiness, Workforce Development

Applying for a job in 2040 could be very different than it is today. On Sept. 20, Thrival Humans X Tech participants will be able to step into what the future of workforce readiness might look like at the LIFE.CODE Interactive Experience hosted at the Carnegie Museum of Art. KnowledgeWorks, Remake Learning, Carnegie Melon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and a team of local high school students have teamed up to create an immersive futures exhibit called the “Algorithmic Hiring Center.”

The exhibit will lead participants through the experience of applying for work in the future using augmented reality. Participants will get to decipher a futuristic resume as it relates to applying for a job, position or working arrangement that might be seen in 2040 and consider what types of learning experiences and skills they might need for the positions they seek.

“Technological advances are undoubtedly impacting the future of work,” Jason Swanson, director of strategic foresight at KnowledgeWorks, said. “This exhibit encourages a much-needed conversation about what experiences might be important to prepare students for the workforce of 2040 and beyond.”

The Thrival: Humans X Tech festival explores the impacts of people and technology on business, society and culture—particularly through the lens of artificial intelligence, robotics and advanced manufacturing. The 2018 theme, “LIFE.CODE,” features a Future of Work Symposium, the LIFE.CODE Summit and the LIFE.CODE Interactive Experience.

In addition to the LIFE.CODE Interactive Experience, KnowledgeWorks’ Jason Swanson and Katherine Prince will be participating in panel discussions at Thrival Humans X Tech:

  • 7:05-8 p.m. Sept. 19: Act 3: Our Parts in Forging the Future
  • 2:40-3:20 p.m. Sept. 20: Ready or Not: Are We Equipping Students with the Skills of the Future?

Learn more about Thrival and see the full schedule of events for Thrival LIFE.CODE.

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing personalized learning that empowers all students to take ownership of their success.

With more than 50 professionals working in 11 states, KnowledgeWorks is uniquely positioned to transform cradle to career education because we’re the only organization that simultaneously engages in strategic forecasting, governmental advocacy and working directly with schools. Throughout our 20-year history, we’ve been passionate about collaborating to create a system-wide approach that grows and sustains student-centered practices – all to equip learners for career and life success.

Through customized professional development, in-depth research such as forecasts on the future of learning and federal education policy guidance and state-level ESSA implementation support, KnowledgeWorks has created opportunities for more than 135,000 students in 20 states through competency-based learning and early collegewww.knowledgeworks.org