Updated on the 18th of October 2018.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure to attend one of the first HR tech conferences of the year, UNLEASH London (formerly HR Tech World). I have to say, it was great to speak with several industry experts in person, to see some of the coolest HR tech startups pitch their business, and to find out more about the companies behind the technology we write about here on Digital HR Tech.
And so it got me thinking about HR tech conferences and their added value. Sure, there are the interesting talks held by industry leaders that help you stay on top of your game, but there also is this opportunity to connect with your peers, to exchange thoughts and ideas with them and perhaps even find a solution to some of your biggest HR challenges.
So, what better reason to get some of this year’s top HR tech conferences in your diary straight away, right?! Especially since there are some very interesting events coming up over the next few months. The only thing left for you to do is pick the one(s) that seem most interesting to you, register, and go.
23 HR Tech Conferences to Attend in 2018
When: 13 – 14 June 2018
Where: London, United Kingdom
Thousands of HR, HR tech, and L&D professionals discover the latest products and services alongside industry experts at the CIPD HR Software and Recruitment Show.
You get to test drive the latest HR and L&D products & services, consult the leading suppliers on your most difficult challenges and attend free learning sessions on HR data & analytics, talent management, employee engagement etc. Among other things.
When: 14 – 15 June 2018
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Price: 1395 EUR for early birds, until March 31 after that, 1995 EUR.
The Beyond HR Forum zooms in on the future of work, the future of HR, the future workplace and its impact on society. It addresses the technology changes that are impacting HR, but as they say so themselves ‘where other conferences stop’ they go beyond and consider technology in the context of the society. Beyond HR also addresses how ‘de-humanized’ HR can be ‘re-humanized’ by building EX-centric companies.
When: 29 May 2018
Where: Anywhere you want (since it’s a virtual summit)
First of all, because it’s a virtual conference of course! This means you can attend no matter where you are that day without having to waste time traveling. The virtual summit focuses on the evolving role of the CHRO in the digital business era. Talent needs change more rapidly than ever before and digitalization is at the core of most organizations. As such, the CHRO plays a critical role in these transformations.
When: 18 – 19 July 2018
Where: Johannesburg, South-Africa
Price: 7,500 Rand incl. VAT.
The Future of HR Summit is an annual gathering in which businesses leaders and HR thought leaders can share their challenges and success, to advance strategic HR within their organizations and across the economy.
HR is undergoing a revolution through digital disruption with tech tools and human ingenuity combining to evolve HR’s business impact exponentially. The HR Summit helps delegates prepare for the hyper-digitalized workplace of tomorrow.
When: 29 – 30 October 2018
Where: Sydney, Australia
Price: 1200 Australian dollars + GST, a 2-for-1 offer for the first 100 bookings.
HR has moved beyond its operational role and is fast transforming into a core, focused, and innovative strategic business function. HR Innovation & Tech Fest is the biggest and fastest growing HR event in Australia and on a mission to ‘unlock and realize the potential of technology for the betterment of people, businesses, and the world.’ Oh, and Josh B. is speaking.
When: 23 – 24 July 2018
Where: Johannesburg, South Africa
Price: 10,500 Rand until the 8th of June, then 11,050 Rand until the 6th of July
For all the reasons mentioned above for the Australian version of the HR Innovation & Tech Fest plus, if you like wine, the South African wine.
When: 11 – 14 September 2018
Where: Las Vegas, United States
Price: $1645 until the 10th of July, $1745 until the 9th of August, then $1995 and $2145 on-site
Whether you’re looking to increase your knowledge to buy and effectively implement new HR systems or just want to stay on top of the rapidly changing HR tech industry, your organization’s success starts here (so it says on the event website).
HR Tech has been a leading, independent industry event for 20+ years and a catalyst for tens of thousands of HR, HR tech and IT executives in their quest to leverage technology and secure HR’s role as a key component in their company’s overall success.
When: 26 – 27 June 2018
Where: Toronto, Canada
Price: 997 CAD for Early Birds, 1397 CAD full price
The HR tech industry is booming and Canada is at the forefront of this boom, reaping the benefits of big investments in breakthrough technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mobile apps. Toronto is considered to be the ‘Silicon Valley of the North’ and – according to Forbes magazine – the second-best location in the world to create a tech start-up based on available talent, financial perks, and other benefits. Sounds like a must-attend HR tech conference to us…
When: 28 August 2018
Where: San Francisco, United States
The HR TechXpo allows you to discover technologies to stay relevant and increase inefficiencies but does so with a heart. Its where HR meets technology, providing an unparalleled opportunity to check out offerings from all the best tech companies, all in one place.
When: 6 – 7 June 2018
Price: 1799 EUR until the 30th of March, after that 2399 EUR
Whether you’re a mature organization or a budding startup, HR Vision will explore the biggest challenges affecting HR and business today. Diving deeper into how digitalization, AI, machine learning and numerous other technologies are profoundly changing people management practices and the way we work in the future.
When: 21 – 21 June 2018
Where: Vienna, Austria
Price: 1299 EUR until the 29th of March, after that 1699 EUR
Would you like to tap into some of the best minds in HR today to learn how they are getting ready for the increasingly digital new world of work? If so, then HR360 provide you with an opportunity to meet 200 of the innovators and pace-setters that are taking HR transformation to new frontiers – reinventing organizational structures, redefining the employee experience and driving greater use of real-time analytics.
When: 11 – 12 April 2018
Where: London, United Kingdom
Price: 895 GBP
People Analytics World is Europe’s leading international conference for senior professionals and leaders in HR, Analytics, Talent Management, Recruitment, Business Partnering, Workforce/Resource Planning, Organizational Development/Effectiveness, Finance, IT and Strategy.
The event is a showcase of some of the most creative work in:
- Developing a data-driven HR function at all levels
- Building support, structures, and governance
- Workforce sentiment and motivation
- Defining measuring and optimizing performance
- Privacy, ethics, transparency, and consent
- The role of HR in Enterprise Analytics
To name a few examples.
When: 21- 23 November 2018
Where: Berlin, Germany
Price: 1495 EUR + VAT
Rethink! brings together more than 150 heads of HR and HR decision-makers to discuss key industry topics, share knowledge, create new partnerships and identify new business opportunities. Some of the main topics discussed at this HR tech conference include HR Strategies & Transformation processes, HR Technologies & Innovation, Future Workforce Development, and Talent & Recruitment.
When: 26 – 27 April 2018
Where: Hyderabad, India
Price: 19 800 INR for SHRM Members, 22 300 INR for non-SHRM Members
HR professionals and tech trend-experts gather at the SHRM HR Tech Conference to witness the latest HR innovations and to create a thriving tech-led HR to keep organizations future ready.
With forecasted workforce spikes, every organization must gear up and get ready for quicker decision-making, accurate predictions and use the necessary tools to meet specific needs and goals. It’s time to talk about the best HR practices and unveil what’s next.
When: 15 – 16 May 2018
Where: Las Vegas, United States
Bringing you the freshest thoughts on the Future of Work, UNLEASH Las Vegas takes you to workplace tech’s cloud 9 with their community of CEOs, CPOs, CFOs, HRIT Executives, Tech Disrupters, and Analysts that will show you how the world of work as we know it is shifting for the better.
Beyond the industry’s latest tech innovations, the show will also highlight the latest strategies to re-infuse a human perspective into the workplace.
When: 23 -24 October 2018
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Price: 299 EUR for Early Birds until the 30th of March
UNLEASH Amsterdam is the largest HR tech conference in the world on the Future of Work and Technology. Organizations are adapting to the future of work and models of leadership need to change if they want to fully UNLEASH the potential of their people. Curious to find out how? Attend the event. Oh, and you may run into us there as well!
When: 19 – 22 June 2018
Where: Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA
This conference hosted by Geographic Solutions is all about workforce technology. It will highlight the latest software solutions developed for job seekers, employers, state and local workforce staff, labor market analysts, economic development professionals and many, many more. The event calendar features presentations by industry leaders including themes such as:
> Workforce innovation and opportunity act
> Mobile applications
> Performance reporting
> Staff efficiency tools
Luxemburg HR Summit – Future of HR
When: 20 November 2018
Where: European Convention Center, Luxemburg
Price: Free invitation-based entry for HRD’s and HR teams, member pass HR one. Service proivders and consultants pay 250 EUR
Because this is where ‘human capital, business, and technology align themselves’. At the Luxemburg HR Summit, people connect and rethink the workplace around 5 central themes: Rethink, Connect, Disrupt, Compete, and Enjoy.
#SOSUEUROPE Sourcing Summit
When: 9 – 11 October 2018
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Price: 845 EUR for a 3-day ticket, 550 EUR for a 1-day ticket, and 145 EUR for a digital pass
SOURCING SUMMIT (#SOSU) started in 2011 in Australia with the aim to highlight the growing importance of talent sourcing, promote and spread new thinking, and bring together practitioners to network and learn from each other. The event is now held annually in four continents. Sourcing Summit brings together sourcing innovators from across the world and highlights the important role of sourcing. The Summit provides attendees with the opportunity to learn from thought leaders, practitioners, and organizations who are at the forefront of sourcing excellence.
HR Vision London
When: 21 – 22 November 2018
Where: Londen, UK
Price: 1799 GBP
Work is changing and whether you’re a mature organization already advanced in your digital, technology and data evolution, or you’re just beginning your journey to adopt these tools and practices, HR Vision will explore the biggest challenges affecting HR and business today. Together we’ll delve deeply into how digitalization, AI, machine learning and a host of other technologies are profoundly changing people management practices and how we can forge a people-centred future of work.
Reinventing HR Summit
When: 5 – 7 December 2018
Where: London, UK
Price: 3-day program 1499 GBP + VAT, 2-day summit 990 GBP + VAT, Masterclass 690 GBP + VAT, 5-day program 2990 GBP + VAT
To get inspired by the very latest disruptive and mind-blowing ideas from some truly innovative businesses and organizations across the EMEA region. Attendees will not only learn about various game-changing HR initiatives but will also learn the step-by-step process of putting these ideas into practice.
The HR Congress
When: 27 – 28 November 2018
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Price: Congress ticket 1395 EUR, congress ticket for 5 people 995 EUR, Masterclass ticket 395 EUR
The HR Congress is a fast-paced, TED-style conference, sharing provocative and inspiring ideas to help with designing and building people-centric organizations. The event has been established as one of the most thought-provoking and leading strategic events, enabling the construction of agile and responsive organizations that foster a culture that drives performance.
CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition
When: 7 – 8 November 2018
Where: Manchester, UK
Price: CIPD members 1-day ticket 359 GBP, non-members 470 GBP, 2-day member ticket 565 GBP, non-members 785 GBP
The 71st edition of the CIPD Annual Conference has been specifically designed to enable the people profession to change and adapt to the new requirements by helping professionals develop future core skills, learn from innovative people practices, and become a strategic force within their organizations. The event aims to help you understand the biggest professional issues of our time, the impact of new technology and new ways of working, and how to effectively drive good work and good business.
Alright, that’s 23 top HR tech conferences for 2018 listed. If you think we missed out on one, do let us know in the comments so we can complete our list. Otherwise: enjoy the events!
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