Biggest HR Tech Conference ever kicks off today

This week is finally the week: Thousands of attendees, vendors and analysts will be flooding into The Venetian in Las Vegas to get the skinny on the latest trends, developments and products in the HCM space at the HR Technology Conference. Our entire editorial team will be at the show, bringing you the highlights while keeping an eye out for future story ideas–HR Tech is, among other things, a gold mine of information and we’re out to get every single nugget we can.

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In addition to a record-breaking number of expected attendees this year, HR Tech 2019 will feature the largest Expo ever with 500 exhibitors. One hundred of those exhibitors will be start-ups, also a record number.

Below is a recap of the show’s main upcoming events. Be sure to check in to often for the latest updates, and be on the lookout for our special HR Tech newsletter we’ll be sending out each afternoon with highlights. While there’s no substitute for actually being at the show, we’ll do our best to keep you in the loop.

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Women in Tech

Once again, the first day of the conference will feature the popular Women in HR Technology Summit, with a half-day of sessions focusing on the important issues of diversity, inclusion and professional development. It will include nine sessions offering actionable strategies for success from female leaders in the HR-tech space.

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Later that afternoon will be a keynote presentation by Barbara Corcoran, noted entrepreneur and a star of TV’s Shark Tank. Corcoran, who has a compelling personal story of rising to the top, will deliver a keynote that is sure to be informative, inspirational and entertaining.

The first day will conclude with the Expo opening. In addition to featuring a record number of exhibitors, this year’s Expo will include the largest-ever collection of HR-tech-startups in the Start-up Pavilion. Meanwhile the HR Tech Pitchfest will also be taking place on the Expo floor. Thirty HR tech start-ups will demonstrate their wares live, all in competition for a fantastic prize.

Compelling Keynotes

In addition to Corcoran, this year’s conference will include other big-name presenters, including Josh Bersin and Ravin Jesuthasan. Bersin, a world-renowned industry analyst, will deliver the second day opening keynote on “Making Sense of It All: How Technology is Shaping the New HR Agenda.” On Friday, author and future of work expert Jesuthasan will deliver the closing keynote on “Reinventing Jobs: Automation and the Future of Work.”

Keeping Track of Everything

Given the sheer number of vendors exhibiting this year and the different session tracks at this year’s conference (12 in all, including Artificial Intelligence, HR Transformation, Project Success and Talent Management), it’s understandable if one starts to feel a bit overwhelmed. To help attendees make sense of it all, HR Tech will once again offer its Market Landscape sessions–informative presentations designed to help you understand individual categories of the HR tech market, learn about he most significant developments and trends in each, and offer a guidepost of sorts as attendees develop their research, strategy development and technology-purchase plans. The sessions, developed by industry experts, will cover subject domains like payroll, learning, analytics, talent acquisition and artificial intelligence.

There will be tons more going on at the conference, including the first-ever “Insights from the Top 100 HR Tech Influencers: What’s Next in HR Technology” main session. Throughout this year, we’ve periodically been showcasing insights from the 100 biggest influencers in HR technology. This session will be attendees’ first opportunity to hear directly from some of this year’s influencers and, afterward, shake their hands and ask them questions. The conference’s third day will also feature a presentation from Marcus Buckingham on “What Truly Drives Engagement Around the World” and three mega-sessions on “Digital vs. Technology Transformation,” Elevating the Employee Experience with Machine Learning and Workforce Analytics” and “The Impact and Potential of Virtual Reality for HR.”

And, in addition to the closing keynote by Jesuthasan and seven breakout sessions, the fourth and final day of the conference will feature the ever-popular Ideas and Innovators in HR. This main session, likened by some to “TED Talks on steroids,” will feature fast-paced, five-minute presentations from some of the most innovative thinkers in HR.

We’ll be covering all of it, so be sure to visit frequently for regular updates.

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Andrew R. McIlvaine
Andrew R. McIlvaine is former senior editor with Human Resource Executive®.