July 18   Wren   15:45 - 16:45   |   Innovation, Strategy, Talents

New Artisans. What Professions Will (not) Be Needed in Future Megacities?

New technologies, socio-demographic changes, environmental and managerial challenges affect the professions in demand in the city. Automation is one of the main fears of the labour market. According to some estimates, in the next 20 years about 45% of jobs will be replaced by robots in developed countries. This also applies to so-called 'white-collar' jobs. Beyond the option of living an easy life thanks to a basic income, those discussing how people will find new niches for themselves tend to talk about aging as a driver of the market for service personnel, about increasing the value of unique handmade items, and about new professions at the intersection of humanitarian and technological disciplines. For example, a designer of virtual worlds will need to have the competencies of an architect, game designer and psychologist.

  • How significant are the expected changes in the labour market? 
  • Which new professions will be in demand in the cities of the future? 
  • How might one prepare the younger generations for the new realities of professional life?


Evgeny Kuznetsov
General Director, Orbita Capital Partners


Vladimir Petrosyan
Minister of Moscow Government
Carlo Ratti
Director, MIT Senseable City Lab
Sergey Solonin
Sébastien Turbot
Executive Director, NewCities Foundation
Darrell West
Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution
Ekaterina Cherkes-zade
Head of Universal University