HR Tech Conferences Worth Your Time 
The conferences we’ve covered lately include biggest JS conferences in 2019, past events, like JS Nation and Running Remote. We’ll cover more of those later on, including the coming React Advanced and React Day Berlin.
Dates: August 25-28, 2019
Location: Long Beach, CA
Ticket price: $649-$1099
Who should attend: Those looking to earn SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and HR Certification Institute (HRCI) Business, California, Global and HR (General) recertification credits
What’s covered: California Employment Law, HR Compliance, Business and HR Strategy, Talent Management, Global HR, Total Rewards, Professional Development, Nonprofit HR, Summit for HR executives (so-called #CAHR19)
Prominent speakers: Daniel H. Pink (Bestselling author of The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, To Sell Is Human and Drive), Linda A. Hill (Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School & bestselling author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation), Dan Schawbel (NYT bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace), Marissa Andrada (Chief HR Officer at Chipotle Mexican Grill)
Description: 2,700 practitioners, providers, and presenters are expected this time around at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center; among those are more than 70 speakers, 19 of whom will present CAHR19, which is a summit for executives only. While this particular HR conference is not directly related to the tech industry, it’s very much worth visiting, since it’s the biggest event in the region organized by the Professionals In Human Resources Association and which allows the participants to earn Professional Development Credits.
Dates: August 26-27, 2019
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Ticket price: 14,995 R
Who should attend: Anyone in HR interested in technology, web development, and IT
What’s covered: the future of work, gig economy, digitizing HR, embracing cloud-based services, learning in a digital era, chatbots, robots, AI, digital transformation strategy, gamified recruitment, the importance of culture, building high-performance teams, people analytics, etc.
Prominent speakers: Laurie Ruettimann, the Founder of LFR LLC (USA), Gregory Bayne, the Director & Psychologist, Total Leader & Coach Solutions Australia (AUS), Tim Slade, a Speaker, Author, & Award-Winning Freelance eLearning Designer, TimSlade.com (USA), Thea Pelser, an Associate Director: Learning & Development, PwC South Africa, and many more.
Description: The agenda looks fabulous by all means, there are a lot of subjects in technology covered, from the AI to AR, from e-learning to gamified recruitment. A lot of people could benefit from the conference, provided you’re near the location: a lot of speakers are actually coming from Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and, not surprisingly, South Africa.
Dates: September 16-18, 2019
Ticket price: 12.75 PDCs – 18.75 PDCs
Who should attend: HR leaders interested in the future of work and the use of technologies in HR
What’s covered: HR Analytics, future of work (as seen by NASA), Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, machine learning
Prominent speakers: Paula Leech (HR Director for the Middle East and Africa at Microsoft, UAE), Nicholas Skytland (Agency Talent and Technologist Strategist at NASA), Matthew Griffin (Award-Winning Futurist and Founder, UK), Debora Gallo (Manager L&D EMEA at Netflix, Netherlands), etc.
Description: For complete information on the conference, you’ll need to register at the website by submitting a form with your contact details. The lineup of speakers is pretty prominent: speakers come from all over the world and all walks of life: Microsoft, Nestle, Netflix, NASA, Union National Bank (UAE), Picturewealth, Ministry of Finance (KSU), General Electric, Phillips, Ericsson, Cisco, Unilever, etc.
Dates: September 18-19, 2019
Ticket price: €2,325 – €2,875.
Who should attend: anyone interested in HR tech 2019, recruitment and talent acquisition
What’s covered: mental health and awareness, organizational culture, Artificial Intelligence in HR, HR tech predictions, performance measurement, inclusion and diversity in leadership, HR productivity with new technologies, the future of work, talent analytics, big data, employee transparency and more.
Prominent speakers: Most speakers are from Gartner, including Brian Kropp, Anna Krasniewska, Scott Engler, and more. The full lineup of guest speakers are still in the works, but those already mentioned are Rachel Botsman, Global Authority on a New Era of Trust, and Susan Greenfield, Expert on the Human Mind and Renowned Brain Researcher
Description: During two conference days, the attendees will be exposed to 30 hours of insightful sessions from Gartner Analysts, 5 hours of keynote presentations covering the latest trends, 10 hours of streamlined vendor access and evaluations, up to 15 hours of networking with like-minded peers.
Dates: October 1-4, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Ticket price: $425 – $2195
Who should attend: anyone interested in how HR departments should incorporate technology into their daily routine and standard processes.
What’s covered: analytics, AI, core HR, future of work, talent acquisition and management, technical success
Prominent speakers: Jeanne Achille, CEO from the DEVON group, Rod Adams, the U.S. and Mexico Talent Acquisition Leader at PwC, Gretchen Alarcon, a Group Vice President at Human Capital Management Strategy from Oracle, Meredith Barter, the Director of Global Content Management at Pfizer, Inc., Rebecca Bryant, a VP at the Leadership Development in the Bank of America, Kelly Cartwright, the Head of Recruiting Transformation at Amazon, and many more.
Description: There will be a world-class opening keynote with Barbara Corcoran sharing her views on how to build a winning team and incorporate fun into the common workplace; the conference website also promises exceptionally practical takeaways from the prominent speakers coming from all possible industries, from accounting to IT to outsourcing.
Dates: October 4, 2019
Ticket price: $650
What’s covered: AI, machines intelligence, coworking, Agile development, blockchain, HR culture in startups
Prominent speakers: Martin Wezowski, a Designer and Futurist at SAP, Neil Harbisson, the Cyborg Artist from Cyborg Foundation, Sophee Theen, the VP of People at SEE Bio, and others.
Description: The conference is organized by the Advantage Consultores; this year is actually the 6th edition of the conference, and this time round — before the event takes place, there will be a Digital Experience Tour to the Start-up ecosystem of Barcelona @22 visiting Barcelona Tech City Hub and some powerful Start-ups and Coworking Centers. For just one day, you’ll be exposed to everything related to the technology in HR, including Agile web development and blockchain.
Dates: October 22-23, 2019
Ticket price: from free to €1,395
Who should attend: anyone interested in HR
What’s covered: future of work, agile transformation, digital transformation, workforce analytics, leadership, talent acquisition and management, diversity and inclusion, engagement, onboarding, etc.
Prominent speakers: Sir Bob Geldof (Irish singer and songwriter, political campaigner), Muriel Penicaud (Minister of Labour, French Government), Celine Cousteau (Humanitarian and Environmental Activist), Josh Bersin (Founder of joshbersin.com), Heather McGowan (Future of Work Strategist)
Description: The Paris edition of the HR conference calls itself the best HR event, the most inspirational and innovative conference there is in the world. You’ll be exposed to all kinds of beauty in HR, from the startup community to amazingly huge expo, and multiple networking events. So if you’re somewhere near Paris, give it a go.
Dates: November 18-19, 2019
Ticket price: 2-for-1 tickets $1,200 or $2,400
What’s covered: developing an HR innovation roadmap, talent acquisition, management, and retention, data and analytics
Prominent speakers: Richard Gilhooly, the Head of People & Development at New Zealand Rugby, Josh Bersin, the Renowned HR & Learning Thought Leader and Expert (USA), Joel Casse, the Global Head Leadership Development at Nokia (GER), Andy Longley, the Global Senior Director of Talent, at the Global Brands and Sales from Adidas (GER), Teresa Collis, the Culture & Capability Lead, Global Talent Acquisition from Siemens AG, Yannick Colot, a Regional HR Manager (Asia, Oceania, Middle East & North Africa) from Shell, Rashmi Sharma, the Global Learning & Wellbeing Lead – South East Asia & ANZ from Unilever, Sarah Brown, a Learning Strategist & Designer at Google (Singapore)
Description: HR Innovation & Tech Fest is the biggest and fastest-growing HR event in Australia. This year, the line of speakers is fantastically promising, from HR heads from Google to Unilever to Shell.
Dates: November 28-29, 2019
Ticket price: €895 – €1495
What’s covered: agile change management and leadership, digital transformation, e-learning, metrics and analytics, future of work and recruitment, AI, machine learning
Prominent speakers: Alfonso Diez David, Alliance General Manager in Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, Kerstin Knapp, CHRO at Puma, Marcelo Ballario Yoshida, VP HR at Bayer, Gero Pickert, VP of HR Operations at Nokia, Simone Lietz-Gresens, VP Human Resources, Consumer Products & Processing a Visa, and many more.
Description: The event covers 30 speakers and moderators, expects more than 150 HR decision-makers, 70 from which are said to be high-profile executives in HR. There are multiple networking events, meeting sessions with experts, panel discussions, and many other interesting things.
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