HR Tech Conference is going virtual

The HR Technology Conference & Exposition® is going virtual.

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The annual event, hosted by Human Resource Executive®, is now slated to take place online Oct. 27—30–and at no cost to attendees. It originally was scheduled for earlier in the month in Las Vegas, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed those plans.

“In a world where things are changing daily, what we did yesterday doesn’t necessarily fit today,” says Rebecca McKenna, vice president of global events and publisher at HRE’s parent company, LRP Media Group. “By going entirely virtual, we’re safely building new avenues for our attendees while continuing to deliver world-class access to the technologies and resources that will help HR navigate the now and what lies ahead.”

The agenda for the conference is being updated. It will include HR Tech talks, roundtables and product demonstrations.

Josh Bersin

The four-day event will feature live-streamed sessions plus daily keynotes from industry thought leaders including analysts Josh Bersin and Jason Averbook, as well as an expo hall and networking opportunities within a single digital platform. Attendees will be able to participate in one-on-one meetings, join group chats, visit different expo booths and move across the event space.

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HR technology was already experiencing massive growth over the years, and the coronavirus pandemic is causing an even bigger increase in importance, industry experts note. Massive shifts to virtual workplaces have reinforced the need for digital transformation of the HR function, Averbook noted last month on an HR Technology Conference webinar.

“If you haven’t revised your people strategy around digitization in 2020, that’s a problem,” Averbook said.

The HR Technology Conference was founded in 1997 and has gained a reputation as one of the world’s leading events on HR technology, covering all the latest trends. It annually attracts industry experts, thought leaders, software vendors, senior HR executives, HR generalists, HR systems leaders, IT innovators and more. The HR Tech Conference also hosts the world’s largest expo of HR technology products and services–a number of vendors often announce their latest products for the first time at the conference.

Additional details will be posted in the upcoming weeks. To register for free, visit

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver.