The HR Technology conference is less than a week away and I’m extremely excited about being able to once again attend in Chicago this year (here are my takeaways from last year). As always, the conference remains one of the best ways to stay current with the important trends happening in the HR and recruitment technology space and see the cool new innovations that are on the horizon.
But what really makes the conference great are the sessions, people and conversations that occur annually at the event itself. For this post, I’d like to share what I’m looking forward to most at this year’s event.
Last year, I had the pleasure to attend a number of great sessions at the conference and was able to share a lot of the insights I learned on this blog and through our Twitter profile (@smashfly). (I hope to cover even more this year with shorter reaction posts on this blog and more consistent updates on Twitter. So stay tuned…)
This year is no different in terms of the great content that is expected to be shared. There are a number of sessions that I’m excited about and here are the ones that I will be attending:
It’s always interesting to hear about unique recruiting challenges for large organizations. I’m excited to hear how Mike’s team is able to take a small to medium sized business approach to help recruit and form McDonald’s corporate team.
The highlight of my conference experience last year, this session should be ever better with more participating companies than the previous year. Should be a lot of great insights and takeaways from the award winners.
Awesome New Technologies for HR
This event always has some technology that is extremely slick and innovative. The demos can be a mixed bag at times but it’s definitely a session that can be great to see what’s on the cutting edge of HR Technology.
Whirlpool Leverages RPO to Transform Talent Acquisition with Lynanne Kunkel and Rudy Karsan
RPO can sometimes seen as a bad word at times in recruiting but it can be a great resource to many companies if used correctly. I’m excited to hear how Lynanne has implemented RPO in their recruiting strategy and her insights into how you can make it successful.
What’s Next? What Talent Acquisition Challenges Are Seeking Technology Solutions? with Sarah White (@ImSoSarah), GerryCrispin (@GerryCrispin), Reginna Burns, Mike Grennier (@mgrennier), Sheila Stygar (@SheilaStygar) and Frank Wittenauer (@fwittenauer)
If you are still around on Wednesday morning, this session should be well worth your time. It will be a great mix of insight from industry experts and talent acquisition practitioners during this early morning session.
These are just a few of the sessions that I’m really looking forward to at the conference.
As with every HR Technology Conference, there will a number of events to connect and network with others after the conference day. The two events that I’m currently looking forward to are The Candidate Experience Awards Reception from 6-8 PM on Monday and Starr Conspiracy’s The Record Breaker Bash from 7-10 PM on Monday as well. Click the links to register for each event and keep your ears open for other great events that will continue to pop up.
There are a number of great connections that I am excited to catch up with at the conference and I look forward to adding to that list at the event. While I’m sure I’ll leave someone out, here are just some of the people you should try to connect with and follow on Twitter during #HRTechConf (@MattCharney also provides a good Twitter list here):
I’m sure I’ll definitely add to this list over the next few days.
After attending the last two shows as an attendee, there are a number of things that I’ve learned that should help me have a better experience at the event. Hopefully, they can help you to:
I’ve been to the conference for three years now and every time I come back eager to go back and sad that I have to wait another year. The conference should be a good as ever this year and I hope to see you there.
For those of you attending the conference, I encourage you to make a stop by our Booth (#1066) and say hi. Also feel free to follow the insights I’ll share here and on Twitter @smashfly.