Breaking Bad With HR Tech World San Francisco!

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One small step for HR and one giant leap for the Future of Work.


I can’t believe in just over a week we all be in San Francisco preparing for our inaugural HR Tech World. I am both excited and exhausted by all the work that has gone into this little HUGE project – so hats off to Jason Averbook who is going to be our Master of Ceremonies, the HR Tech World team and our partners who are currently working tirelessly to bring this latest production to the HR world. Over one thousand three hundred people are already registered to attend so we expect anywhere between 1700 to 2000+ delegates to descend on Fort Mason this June 14-15. Cheeky note: Not bad for a first year if you consider we are half ways on the competition of 20 years.





At our 2nd show in 2012, I realized expectations always grow no matter how high you hit, so it’s important to manage expectations.  This is our first outing in the USA and in terms of scale and scope it is not as large as our much better established and mature shows in Europe. Plus, for our first show in the US we have to transform a derelict army complex that is Fort Mason into a fully functioning conferencing and exhibition center. That means we have to sacrifice certain elements and activities. You have to start somewhere and it’s something our community can enjoy and look forward to for 2018 as the show gains in confidence and we scale to accommodate a much larger menu of events.  But what will remain a constant is the team behind the show and the unique vibe and magic we have worked so hard to inject into our shows.


So compared with our 5-year-old Paris show last year (20 Stages), in San Francisco we will have 5 stages to get things rolling – Main Stage, Talent Stage, HR Tech Stage, Product Demo and Think Tank.





This is what we work hardest on, ensuring that you not only get a buzz from the inspiration available from the main stage, but also have the satisfaction of ticking off your shopping list in the expo hall.  The real context of the content is in the breakouts and workshops where we have carefully invited companies to talk about whats working, whats not working, what they’d do differently – to use an analogy which fits well with a show nestled in the best location in the Bay Area, in which direction they are sailing.


HR Tech World has exactly 100 sessions. June 14-15 are the 2 main show days.  There are pre-events on June 13 focused on the Consumerization of HR & How to Build a Digital HR Strategy, and UNLEASH our latest brand themed on Talent and Recruitment accommodating Startups, Investors, and Heads of TA and HR. In total 100 sessions and 105 confirmed and carefully handpicked speakers.



Special Thanks – The Exhibition


I really need to begin with our show sponsors whose kind and generous support has allowed us to take this big leap into the unknown, SAP SuccessFactors were our first backers and a brave decision as we have been reminded so many times on this campaign that in the US many such first events have failed.


Our good friends at Workday, CrossKnowledge, ADP, SmartRecruiters, Avature, NGA Human Resources, Adobe and Virgin Pulse quickly followed and put the wind in our sails that we needed to successfully pull everything together.


To learn more about our Expo Hall please visit the website.


The Main Stage


You won’t see many Gary Vaynerchuk’s at HR events and so we are proud and delighted to have Gary to kick off this year’s show with leading visionary, and a veteran Show favourite, Peter Hinssen (The Day After Tomorrow and New Normal). Gary for those of you who know him is high octane and certainly speaks his mind on anything and everything to do with the modern workplace – no holds barred so get ready for some of the audience shrugging shoulders and sitting on hands LOL. In the world of work and the younger workforce, he arguably connects better than anyone else. Gary enjoys working with HR in his own 800 employee company and I am looking forward to watching him “Crush it!”.


Vivek Wadhwa takes the stage on the second day, he’s the world’s leading thinker on automation, the jobless future, and how AI is going disrupt entire industries whilst in parallel stripping away and/or quickly evolving certain job functions. HR if you were ever looking for solutions to problems that do not exist, this is the place finally where you can make a huge difference – they say prevention is better than cure but unfortunately in this world of disruption there is no cure for not being prepared. Robert Scoble who is the leading reference for any serious technology show in the World – the man who enjoys fun facts like Siri being set up in his kitchen for the first time, or the first Tesla test drive with Elon Musk will share his insights in an exciting keynote on the 4th Transformation.



While Tech remains the enabler at our show, our long time mission statement is optimise, enable and unleash your people so you will enjoy Pat Wadors the CHRO from LinkedIn sharing her insight on Belonging, Meaning and Purpose and how to capture it, in addition to Pat, Francine Katsoudas the Chief People Officer from Cisco will be exploring the intersections of technology and “the human touch”. Somebody mentioned also that the FBI were in the news recently about something … so I am delighted to inform you that Robert Blake, Chief of Staff for the FBI he has supported the *FBI* for 11 years, previously at the *White House* and the *U.S. Air Force will be speaking and sharing the following: When the FBI took over management for the development of the new case management system, failure was not an option, and the clock was ticking, budget was tight, and Congress was watching. Robert will share how the FBI successfully rolled out a critical enterprise application. With specific focus on how to train 25,000 staff in one month!! and get staff buy in.


See you there in San Francisco! Marc.


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