For the past decade or so, the HR Technology Conference has been one of the top conferences I attend every year! I’ve spoken and many covered all of them as a blogger or analyst, so when HR Tech went virtual for 2020, you knew I was going to check it out!
Let’s face it, virtual conferences are not the same as in person. It’s a very small percentage of folks I know who like virtual over in-person, so I think we are all hoping that HR Tech 2021 will be live in person back in Vegas! All that said, the HR Technology Conference team put a really good virtual event, using the technology platform Swapcard, and I’m sure some behind the scenes production.
The content was exactly what you normally expect from the HR Tech show – my buddy Steve Boese in a fancy suit, looking great, but from his living room, the keynotes this year were a little less big-name celebrities, and more inside baseball HR Nerd celebrities, which I loved (shout out to Josh Bersin, Stacey Harris, John Sumser, Stacia Garr, Jason Averbook, Dr. Tolonda Tolbert, Marcus Buckingham, Lisa Buckingham, and Ken Solon – go follow of these folks – super smart and they all share great stuff!).
Everyone did very well, but of course, once again, Marcus stole the show! He’s ridiculous, great speaker, sharing “wow” content is always a show stopper. This year, Marcus shared some new data from an ADP study on Resilience (and boy in 2020 do we need more resilience!).
Go check it out, turns out, those who go through more change tend to be more resilient. This seems to make sense, but yet we move mountains and constantly make dumb decisions in our organizations because we believe our employees can’t handle change! Also, age/generational differences have zero impact on resilience!
Who won the award for Top HR Product in 2020?
-Accelerated Coaching and Scaled Mentoring Program
PILOT, New York, N.Y.
Ceridian, Minneapolis, Minn.
Fuel50, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
-Language Learning Solution
GoFLUENT, New York, N.Y..
Paycom, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Microsoft Teams, Outlook Integration
iCIMS, Holmdel, N.J.
Workhuman, Framingham, Mass.
-Next Gen Pay
ADP, Roseland, N.J.
Oracle, Redwood City, Calif.
-Paychex Flex Remote Workforce Enablement
Paychex, Rochester, N.Y.
Workday, Pleasanton, Calif.
Pluto, New York, N.Y.
-Remote Hiring Solution
HackerRank, Mountain View, Calif.
Cornerstone OnDemand, Santa Monica, Calif.
pymetrics, New York, N.Y.
Willis Towers Watson, London, U.K.
Very awesome list of winners and products as you look to 2021 you should be setting up demos to keep yourself up on what’s the next latest and greatest technology in the HR space!
Big shout out to the LRP team for pulling off a great virtual event, it’s not easy to do this right and you guys certainly did! Thanks, Steve Boese, Jeanne Achille, Tim Burke, and Elizabeth Clarke! Can’t wait until 2021!
The HR Technology Conference is going to do another virtual event in March – HR Tech Spring which is a free event, so go save your spot now!