9 HR tech conferences to look out for in 2018 and beyond

There are so many excellent HR tech conferences organized on an ongoing basis that it’s sometimes hard to keep up. Regularly visiting vendors and networking with industry peers can be time-consuming and take away precious time from your day-to-day business.

However, HR tech is constantly changing and at a rapid pace. Being on top of trends and new advances in HR tech can help you and your team improve your business processes and enhance productivity. Many professionals in this field find HR tech conferences rejuvenate their creativity and boost motivation to achieve business-critical results.

There are many benefits attached to attending HR tech conferences, including:

  • access to the very latest information on new technology;
  • networking opportunities with business leaders;
  • workshops and peer ideas;
  • membership to future knowledge-sharing groups;
  • window shopping for new vendors;
  • and copies of materials (white papers, ebooks) generated from the conference.

If you fully optimize your time there, you are guaranteed to come away with a better understanding of HR processes and real applications to use in your business. See below for an overview of some of the most popular HR tech conferences that could be coming to your area.

For fully updated details on each HR tech conference, please check the organizer’s website beforehand.

HR tech conferences can be a great place to network with peers

Gartner ReimagineHR

Host: Gartner

Location: London, United Kingdom

Dates: 5th – 6th, September 2018

Gartner is a leading name in tech and never fails to provide market-leading statistics, particularly software comparison. At the Gartner ReimagineHR Summit, held the 5th and 6th of September 2018, you can expect high-level discussions on innovation in HR and the future of work. 400+ leaders in the HR sphere will guide you in your quest to become a strategic decision-maker, intertwining diversity, inclusion, technology, individual, and system-based processes to make a well-oiled HR machine.

This conference is intended for C-suite professionals in talent acquisition and HR. However, there will be tracks suited to all levels of passionate professionals in talent acquisition, HR, diversity and, learning and development.

Rethink! HR Tech Europe

Host: We.Connect

Location: Berlin, Germany

Dates: 21st – 23rd, November 2018

Rethink! is hosting speakers from companies like Fifa, Daimler, Mastercard, Facebook, and Bayer this year in Berlin from November 21st to 23rd. Aimed at those considering their recruitment and HR strategies for the coming years, Rethink! has a heavy focus on making case studies and research into actionable takeaways.  Its 150+ CHRO and HR leaders are there to share their knowledge about pertinent HR topics. This comes in many forms over the two and a half day period, but most notably, Rethink! hosts a “World Café Session”. Think of this as speed-dating for HR topic-generators! Additionally, at this HR tech conference, you will have the opportunity to network with HR decision-makers and exchange experiences.


Host: Unleash

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dates: 23rd – 24th, October 2018

The action-packed two days took place in Las Vegas on the 15th and 16th of May. If you missed it, it will be held in Amsterdam on the 23rd and 24th of October. The powerful presentations from leading HR professionals could help improve your skills and understanding of the business.

Previously known as HR Tech World, the Unleash Conference boasts the ability to unleash your team’s full potential with a strong focus on cutting-edge technology and what it can do for you.

Indeed Interactive

Host: Indeed

Location: Multiple

Dates: Multiple

A true global HR tech conference, Indeed Interactive stops off in Australia, the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom. In every location, Indeed brings the best of its community to the table to share stories of acquiring the best talent in a competitive market. As a market-leading job board, Indeed is sure to bring some exclusive tactics and strategies to take home after each conference. Indeed focuses on driving data as a core element in any talent acquisition strategy, so bring your notepad to document all of the ways you can ramp up your recruitment data.

HR Tech Summit

Host: Key Media

Location: Multiple

Dates: Multiple

This international HR Tech Conference is held in Singapore, Toronto, and Sydney, hosted by the world’s leading independent HR publisher. HR Tech Summit offers insights into powerful HR applications of, amongst others, mobile apps, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Industry experts explain and demonstrate the growing value of these technologies and how you can use them in your business. The multiple locations of this HR tech conference make for extra opportunities to attend! Check back every year to see specific locations, dates, and times.

Sourcing Summit Europe

Host: #SOSU

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dates: 9th – 11th, October 2018

The Sourcing Summit started out in Australia but has spread across the globe. The European event will be held in Amsterdam this year. with over 30 speakers from different backgrounds, the summit is going to be very interesting! The summit will give you actionable insights into sourcing and sourcing tech through interactive presentations, talks, workshops and case studies. #SOSU events are famous for their focus on sourcing hacks and hacking making them popular among the next generation of sourcers and recruiters.

HR Tech Conference 2018

Host: LRP Publications

Location: Las Vegas, NV, United States

Dates: 11th – 14th, September 2018

HR Tech Conference takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada from the 11th to the 14th of September and has been going strong for 21 years. The HR Tech Conference boasts more than 400 vendors and over 70 powerful and informative sessions for the 9000+ people that attend.

Here you can see some of the top HR minds in the business and learn about the latest in HR tech. Some of the speakers to look forward to this year are Bogomil Balansky, VP at Google; Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Economist at Glassdoor; Saumil Ganshi, Director HR Technology for Microsoft Corp; David Green, Global Director, People Analytics at IBM and many more. This conference is one of the biggest and most reputable HR Tech conferences on the calendar.

Recruiting Daily – HRTX

Host: Recruiting Daily

Location: Multiple in the United States

Dates: Multiple

For a unique hands-on approach, Recruiting Daily, in partnership with HRTX, run eight one-day conferences across the United States. These are practical and powerful sessions that provide real-world insights and solutions you can use day-to-day. You will learn from industry leaders on the latest HR trends and technology.  This year, you might expect to hear from James Ellis, Senior Manager Employment Brand for Groupon; Alison McKay, Infrastructure Strategic Hiring at Facebook and Debra Yarnell, Senior Sourcing Manager at IBM. The intimate day gives you an opportunity to discuss real issues at your company with a small group of experienced HR professionals.

HR360 European Summit

Host: HR360

Location: Vienna, Austria

Dates: 19th – 20th, June 2019

The HR360 summit includes some of the biggest names in the corporate world. The summit will feature speakers from companies like Google, Microsoft, SAP, and Shell. The focus of the summit is mainly on corporate HR departments rather than SMEs. The event is great for meeting new people in the corporate HR world and learn from the practices of these corporates. The summit is one of the biggest HR summits of Europe in terms of the number of speakers and companies attending the event and it is an absolute must for you to join if you work in corporate HR!

We all know how important it is to stay up to date on the latest technologies and strategies to optimize your talent acquisition process. HR tech conferences are a great way to say “in the know” and gain exposure to the latest innovations. Many of these innovations can enhance and improve the effectiveness of your role and help you to achieve your goals. While attending conferences can seem like a significant time investment, the opportunity these events present to network, share knowledge, motivate, and inspire could be the determining factor in making sure you’re not left behind.

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