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The Biggest HR Tech Conferences in 2020

The HR technology market is thriving, delivering a bevy of innovative approaches to a field notorious for its slow adoption of tech-based solutions. With the introduction of AI-powered HR tools and sophisticated applications addressing the whole spectrum of the needs of the HR industry, digital transformation is entering the HR realm.

Let’s look at the biggest HR tech conferences slated for 2020 that everyone interested in the industry should definitely attend.

HR Technology Conference

Arguably the biggest HR tech conference in the world, touted by some as “the industry’s annual meeting,” the HR Technology Conference is packed full of workshops, lectures, and networking opportunities.

Covering a broad range of HR tech topics, the conference features demos of cutting-edge products, insights from thought leaders, and presentations of emerging HR tech trends.

At the 2019 conference, attendees could listen to lectures on subjects like the importance of metrics in HR, AI in HR, and talent acquisition software. There were also in-depth product demos from companies such as Oracle, Workday, Cornerstone, and many more.

Logos of the sponsors of the 2019 HR Technology Conference

Source: HR Technology Conference

One glance at the speaker roster and the turnout from global leaders and forward-thinking HR tech executives is enough to realize why the HR Tech Conference is a must-stop destination when it comes to international HR conferences.

Where: The Venetian, Las Vegas, US

When: October 13–16, 2020

SHRMtech EMEA

The SHRMtech EMEA conference is one of the biggest events dedicated to tech adoption in HR. The 2020 edition will explore a number of hot topics in tech, including machine learning, AI, Agile Leadership, the blockchain, data analytics in human resource management, and design thinking.

The event, which will be a great opportunity to take a closer look at how technology is redefining the workplace. The conference attracts over 900 attendees, holds over 40 lectures, and hosts 30+ demos and workshops.

The 2019 edition of SHRMtech revolved around themes such as leveraging disruptive technology, using data analytics in HR, and embracing digital transformation. Over two days, the attendees had the opportunity to listen to 41 experts from a bevy of renowned international companies.

Where: Ritz-Carlton DIFC Dubai, UAE

Conference: February 24–25, 2020;

Workshops: February 23, 26, and 27, 2020

HR Core Lab

HR Core Lab has a diverse agenda that features deep dives into a range of relevant tropics. The 2020 HR Core Lab conference will be examining three different areas of tech in HR:

  • The future of recruitment
  • Leading with talent analytics
  • HR agility

The main theme of HR Core Lab is the promotion of digital transformation across HR departments, facilitation of tech skill-building, and swift navigation in the increasingly tech-reliant HR environment. During the event, participants will have an unparalleled opportunity to listen to 47 expert speakers, meet over 400 HR professionals, hear 37 case studies, and participate in 9 interactive roundtable sessions.

Exploring ideas behind the implementation of new HR technologies, the 2019 edition was universally praised for high-value content and a great amount of expert insight. Indeed and Financial Times were the event’s biggest partners.

Where: Fairmont, Barcelona, Spain

When: March 16–17, 2020

HR Tech MENA

Now in its sixth year, the HR Tech MENA conference is known for its rich agenda of expert lectures and networking opportunities. The first day of the conference will be focused entirely on HR trends, including the latest additions to the blooming HR tech market. The following day, attendees will have three sessions to choose from: learning and development technology, recruitment technology, and employee experience and wellbeing.

The screenshot from the agenda for the 2020 edition of HR Tech MENA

Source: HR Tech MENA

The three sessions will cover a plethora of topics related strictly to HR Tech, including: the evolution of AI, predictive analysis, datafication and digitization, intelligent apps, and personalized learning—all that with over 50 speakers and 250 qualified HR leaders, topped with a total of 15 hours of networking opportunities.

Where: Dubai, UAE

When: April 15–16, 2020

HR Tech Summit Toronto

The HR Tech Summit takes place in four countries across the globe. Apart from Toronto, Canada, the HR Tech Summit events are also held in New York City, US; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore.

In 2019, the HR Tech Summit Toronto drew over 1,000 HR professionals.

Over two days, attendees participated in lectures, networking opportunities, presentations, and interactive workshops.

The 2020 edition, too, promises to attract over 1,000 experts. It is open to businesses and organizations of all sizes. As in the past, participants will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of HR technology. Business tools, strategies, thought-leadership interviews, and more perks await professionals interested in the changing landscape of Human Resources.

At the 2019 edition, exhibitors included leading companies in HR tech, who demonstrated how emerging technologies influence the future of work. Salesforce was the platinum partner.

Where: Enercare Center, Toronto, Canada

When: June 2–3, 2020

HR Innovation and Future of Work

This global, online event is organised by Hacking HR, an organization dedicated to building a community of like-minded HR and tech people enthusiastic about combining the worlds of human resources and technology.

The online conference will feature virtual exhibitions, discussion panels, keynote sessions, networking rooms, demos and much more! For more information check the conference’s website.

Where: Online

When: March 3-5, 2020

Photo from the HackingHR conference                                                        Source: HackingHR

HR Tech Montreal

Even though 2020 will mark only the second HR Tech Montreal conference, the event has already managed to become a magnet for professionals interested in discovering the novelties in HR technology.

From emerging HR technologies to innovative startups, HR Tech Montreal covers a full range of topics, with an emphasis on speeding up digital transformation to leverage the power of HR technology in streamlining business operations.

The two-day event features a large vendor fair, in-depth industry lectures with best practices, and plenty of networking opportunities.

The first edition of the conference drew 700+ HR professionals and was a huge success. Bringing together key market leaders to present HR tech solutions and ideas, the conference was aimed at analyzing trends in HR, talent management, and payroll tech.

Where: Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada

When: May 26–27, 2020

HR Core Nordic

For its upcoming third edition, HR Core Nordic, the European version of the popular Teneo event, will examine the impending technological disruption in the world of HR tech. The conference welcomes participants from organizations of all sizes, from large enterprises to mid- and small-size startups and businesses. HR Core Nordic offers new perspectives on the implementation of HR tech into organizational processes and business operations.

HR Core Nordic features expert technology lectures, interactive workshops, panel discussions, a demo stage, and multiple opportunities to network with like-minded HR professionals.

The 2020 HR Core Nordic conference will bring together 21 experts and over 130 HR professionals to discuss the future of work influenced by technology in HR.

Last year, HR Core Nordic hosted experts from companies such as LEGO, Cornerstone, Ericsson, Electrolux, IBM, and many more.

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

When: May 12–13, 2020

Indeed Interactive

Indeed is an international employment search engine. As one of the biggest recruitment platforms worldwide, Indeed hosts its own conference devoted to cutting edge HR technology—Indeed Interactive.

The 2020 edition will be geared toward data metrics in HR, tech innovation, and the science behind HR tech. The topics will include: data-driven employee analytics, HR employer branding, talent management and candidate decision-making processes during job searches.

Indeed Interactive is a great chance to network and build valuable relationships in an industry where technological innovation is booming.

At the conference, the participants will also have the opportunity to see demos of innovative HR Tech solutions and share ideas on improving employee engagement.

Where: Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, US

When: May 11–13 2020

HR Transform

At HR Transform, experts from all over the world share their insight into the future of work influenced by emerging tech.

Visionary leaders speaking at the conference will explain how organizations can prepare to embrace HR tech in a timely and efficient way and use it to optimize their work and talent acquisition processes.

HR Transform 2020 invitation

HR Transform invitation. Source: HR Transform

Aside from discussing HR tech trends, HR Transform goes beyond what’s commonly associated with HR, even focusing on topics such as gamification in HR.

The main idea behind the event, however, is to offer new perspectives on the HR industry and emerging technologies that shape it. HR Transform is an excellent opportunity to learn from the industry experts and get new ideas on how to adapt organizations to embrace a future where work is highly dependent on technology.

A number of internationally renowned companies and brands all had a presence at the 2019 edition of the conference, including eBay, CapitalOne, Fitbit, Panasonic, Slack, and EA to name a few.

Where: The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, US

When: March 23–25, 2020

But Wait, There’s More!

The conferences mentioned above are only a fraction of HR tech-oriented events happening every year all around the world, with each one offering valuable insight into various areas of the industry. Because of that, listing every single one that’s worth attending would be difficult to say the least. Furthermore, we’re on the cusp of entering Q4 2019 and many big organizations still haven’t posted any updates on upcoming 2020 events.

We’ll be updating the list as more information on 2020 events becomes available.

Have you attended a worthwhile HR tech conference that we haven’t included on the list? Or maybe you attended some of the ones we listed above? We’d love to hear your opinions and key takeaways in the comment section below.

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